Amphetamines- Meth

Amphetamines are a class of synthetics drug that are stimulants to the central nervous system. Legitimate medical uses include the management of ADHD, and narcolepsy.

Despite their legal status, outside of their controlled prescription – this class of drug can also be illicitly abused for their potent stimulant effects that are similar to those of cocaine.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

A person addicted to amphetamine use can often experience very pronounced physical and psychological cravings for the drug. With higher frequency of use, persons that are addicted will have their bodies chemically adjust to the continued presence of the drug and may perform worse or sub-optimally while the drug is removed. This physiological dependence results in powerful cravings, individuals are often convinced that they cannot function properly or efficiently without the drug. This is due to the boost in energy that is difficult to replicate in normal sober life. 

Users may also use amphetamine class drugs to cope with personal issues or psychological pain. The following symptoms are often present:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart beat
  • Euphoria (during use)
  • Decreased fatigue, decreased appetite (during use)
  • Increased energy and alertness (during use)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Faster breathing
  • Anxiety, and Paranoia 
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth and dehydration
  • Psychosis
  • Skin disorders
  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Reduction of social inhibitions
  • Headache
  • Cardiovascular system failure
  • Aggression

Ampethamines are commonly taken orally, intranasal, or injected. Due to the high potency of the drug, small doses exert a profound effect. Depending on the method the drug is administered, the user may experience a sudden and intense rush with a prolonged high that can last anywhere from hours to 12 hours (with extended release formulations). Part of this rush comes from the high levels of dopamine in the pleasure regulating area of the brain. 

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Amphetamine addiction requires different treatment methods that cater to the unique needs of the substance abuser. We treat each of our clients in a different way, mainly based on the results of their initial assessment or evaluation. Our diagnosis of the level and stage of addiction that our client is going through will serve as our guideline in formulating and implementing the best amphetamine addiction treatment program.

We provide successful amphetamine treatment. In order to overcome your addiction, you need professional help. Our professional Medical team, Clinical and Therapeutic staff will put together a comprehensive and specific program for your needs.

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