5 Signs to Help Identify Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamine stimulates the central nervous system. Prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the drug nonetheless carries the risk of addiction, among those who have a valid prescription and those who obtain the drug illegally for recreational use.
How do you know if a friend or loved one suffers from an addiction to amphetamines? You may want to speak with a substance abuse counselor or mental health professional if you notice the following tell-tale amphetamine signs and symptoms.
5 Signs That Point to Amphetamine Abuse
1. They Display Physical Signs of Amphetamine Abuse
Amphetamines act on the central nervous system and change the body in profound ways. Some side effects may only be obvious to users themselves or to health professionals. Other symptoms may attract the attention of family and friends. Such physical signs of amphetamine abuse may include:
• High blood pressure
• High body temperature
• Dry mouth
• Rapid breathing
• Rapid heart rate
• Dilated pupils
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Increased energy levels
2. Their Behavior Changes
You may also notice that the person has become:
• Changed in sexual behavior
3. They Neglect Basic Responsibilities
Addiction changes people, regardless of the drug used. One of the most pronounced amphetamine addiction signs is indifference toward life. An addict will stray from friends and family, forget appointments and chores, neglect their personal hygiene, and fall behind in almost every other way.
As the drug demands more and more of their time, addicts struggle to keep up with routines that used to be a normal part of their day. As they seek the company of other users, they alienate themselves from positive relationships. As the drug changes their brain chemistry and affects their cognitive abilities, they find it more difficult to carry out basic tasks and remember their obligations.
4. They Suffer from Chronic Health Problems
Like other synthetic drugs, amphetamines can cause serious, chronic health problems if used over a long period of time. Since amphetamines affect the central nervous system, they can cause both mental and physical problems. In some cases, long-term abuse can lead to life-threatening diseases and mental illness.
Some of the more serious amphetamine abuse side effects include:
• Muscle deterioration
• Cardiovascular disease
• Severe paranoia
• Cognitive difficulties
5. They Experience Withdrawal Symptoms
All physically addictive drugs give rise to withdrawal symptoms. A user who has an amphetamine dependence will find it difficult to quit. The body, unaccustomed to the lack of the drug, will protest. Amphetamine withdrawal symptoms may manifest in the following ways:
• Strong cravings
• Violent behavior
• Increased need for sleep
• Panic attacks
• Suicidal thoughts
Someone who has abused stimulants over a long period of time will likely develop an addiction. Once a physical and emotional dependence takes hold, quitting is no longer a matter of willpower. Breaking the cycle of addiction requires professional help, strong support networks, the safety of a sober living environment, and the structure of comprehensive drug treatment options.
At Yellowstone Recovery, we provide everything recovering addicts need to regain their independence. Contact us to learn how we can help you or your loved ones lay the foundations for lifelong sobriety.
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