What are Amphetamines?

Amphetamines are stimulant drugs that have a direct effect on the body’s central nervous system and cause increased energy, confidence, euphoria and hyperactivity.

They can also lead to psychological and emotional problems and disturbances, as well as increasing blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature. There are various types of amphetamines, some are well known such as Ritalin and Adderall.

Some of these can be prescribed by a doctor for legitimate medical reasons. These include when treating narcolepsy and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). When used for medical purposes and taken at the correct dosage, these stimulants are unlikely to cause addiction. Unfortunately, when abused, the opposite is the case.

What is amphetamine addiction?

If amphetamines are misused, abused, taken for too long or in too high a quantity, it is likely that an addiction to these stimulants will develop. Amphetamines are some of the most addictive drugs in the world. As with any addiction, the consequences can be severe and it is so important that you seek help early for your amphetamine addiction. The sooner you admit you have a problem, the quicker you can access the professional treatment and the drug rehab support you need, and begin your recovery.

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Signs of amphetamine addiction

Common signs someone may be suffering with amphetamine addiction include:

  • Hyperactivity followed by a ‘crash’
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Missing work or school
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
  • Dental problems
  • Personality changes
  • Intense mood swings
  • Violent episodes
  • Constantly talking about drugs
  • Problems in the workplace
  • Issues with friends or family

If you’re worried that someone you know, or that you may be addicted to amphetamines, contact our friendly addiction experts for advice.

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The effects of amphetamines

There are several different types of amphetamines and their physical and mental impact on the body will vary from person to person. Below are some of the physical and psychological side effects that occur when using amphetamines:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Increased focus and alertness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Obsessive behaviours
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Upset stomach
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Nosebleed
  • Sweating
  • Risk of seizures
  • Deep breathing
  • Breathing difficulties

Amphetamines Detox

A residential stay at our private rehab clinic in Bournemouth may be required if you cannot stop using amphetamines. Perhaps you have tried to stop before, only to find yourself in the very same situation, again and again. It’s time to break the cycle. Our medically monitored withdrawal detox programmes have been running for over 25 years. Our expert medical team can help you safely and comfortably withdraw from the amphetamines, eliminating all substances from your system and enabling you to engage with the rehabilitation programme whilst sober.

It must be said that detoxing from amphetamine, like any drug, can be an uncomfortable process. The withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxing from amphetamine may last longer than when detoxing from other stimulants, due to the longer duration of effect amphetamines have on the central nervous system.

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Amphetamines Withdrawals

The timeline for the withdrawal symptoms associated with amphetamines detox will vary depending on the individual. Below is a typical withdrawal timeline for Amphetamines:

  • 24-48 Hours
  • 3-5 days
  • After 5 days and up to 3-4 weeks
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Sluggishness
  • Agitation
  • Muscle aches
  • Body pain
  • Increased appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Anger/Irritability
  • Apathy
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Psychological cravings
  • Increased appetite
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Tremors
  • Psychological cravings
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in appetite

Amphetamines Rehab

Amphetamines addiction is a life-threatening illness, and it is so important that you break the cycle of addiction as soon as possible. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, please call us at the Providence Projects today to discuss your drug rehab and detox treatment options. Rehab treatment for amphetamines addiction usually involves a period of detoxification, in conjunction with an intensive therapeutic treatment programme. Our drug rehab treatment programmes last from 28 days to 6 months, and are tailored to the needs of each individual. The length of time someone needs in treatment depends on a variety of factors, such as the severity of your addiction, how long it has been a problem, and if there are other co-occurring mental disorders at play.

We understand just how difficult it can be to talk about your amphetamines addiction. The disease is so isolating that it can be overwhelming to reach out for help or to acknowledge things might need to change. We want to re assure you that recovery is possible – no matter how bad things may currently seem. In most cases, recovering from a stimulant addiction will require residential treatment. Without this professional support and monitoring, it can be very tempting to return to using your stimulant of choice during the withdrawal process.

Amphetamines are often used to alleviate boredom, loneliness, depression, or anxiety. Many people use amphetamines to cope with life or things they find difficult. That’s why the therapeutic element of addiction treatment is a key part of the recovery process. Detox is important in that it addresses the physical part of the addiction problem, cleansing the user’s system of substances and tackling the dependence, but it is the group therapy, individual counselling and therapeutic activities that are necessary to remediate the problematic thoughts and behaviours associated with the addiction, and to develop new coping strategies when things get tough.

If you or someone you love is struggling with amphetamines addiction, please contact us today to begin the admission process. We provide a free initial consultation, no-obligation, with a specialist addiction expert, who can discuss the issues you are facing with you. During this assessment you can talk in confidence about your addiction problem, and the goals you would like to achieve by entering a private rehab clinic such as the Providence Projects. Following this assessment, our highly skilled addiction counselling team will create a tailored treatment programme for you, which enables you to learn healthy coping mechanisms that replace the thoughts and behaviours you have been using to cope so far.

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Benefits of rehab for amphetamine addiction?

Here at the Providence Projects, we know how hard it is to stop using amphetamines once you have become addicted. The prospect of entering a private rehab clinic can be daunting, but is often the only way to get your life back on track, regain control, and give yourself the best possible chance of long-term recovery. There are endless benefits to entering an addiction treatment clinic and to getting clean and sober:

  • Clean break from old using environments
  • Meeting other people with similar experiences
  • Sense of belonging and of understanding
  • Individual therapy
  • Group counselling
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Psychoeducational workshops to tackle different aspects of amphetamine addiction
  • Developing strategies to avoid relapse or future amphetamine use
  • Repairing damaged relationships with loved ones, family and friends
  • Structured and supportive environment in which to process the addiction, its consequences, and identify problematic thoughts and behaviours

Amphetamine addiction can ruin the lives of not only the addict but everyone who cares about them too. The sooner professional help is sought the better – and we want you to know that there is so much help out there. Call us today on 0800 955 0945 to speak to our admissions team and discuss your rehab options. We’re here to help.


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