Amphetamine Addiction Treatment
By The Recovery Village
Medical Reviewer Elizabeth Cambria PharmD | Editor Theresa Valenzky
Last Updated: May 16, 2023
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Amphetamine addiction is a widespread problem in the U.S. In 2020, about 10.3 million people aged 12 or older misused stimulants, including amphetamines. Substance use disorders can affect those of all ages, but help is available. For those struggling with amphetamine addiction, treatment programs like those available at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper can be life-changing.
What Are Amphetamines?
Amphetamines are a class of stimulant drugs. Some amphetamines are Schedule II controlled substances prescribed for valid medical conditions; others are illicit Schedule I drugs with no valid medical use. These drugs speed up messages between the brain and body, which can improve focus and concentration, increase alertness and decrease the need to eat or sleep.
When taken in high doses, amphetamines can cause feelings of euphoria (extreme joy), aggression and hallucinations. Amphetamine abuse may also cause inappropriate confidence or feelings of invincibility, paranoia and erratic behavior.
Some common Schedule II Amphetamines include:
- Adzenys, Dyanavel, Evekeo (amphetamine)
- Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine)
- Dexedrine, ProCentra, Zenzedi (dextroamphetamine)
- Desoxyn, meth, ice, crank, speed (methamphetamine)
- Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
Examples of Schedule I Amphetamines include:
- DOET, DOE, Hecate (2,5-Dimethoxy-4-ethylamphetamine)
- MDA, love drug (3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine)
- DOB (4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine)
- MDMA, ecstasy, XTC (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine)
- MDEA, Eve (3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-ethylamphetamine)
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Understanding Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamines are often used to treat medical conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. They work by increasing dopamine in the brain and reinforcing the brain’s reward pathway. At low doses, amphetamines can increase alertness, energy and concentration. But using higher doses of amphetamines has a euphoric effect.
Because of these pleasurable effects, amphetamines are often misused. Up to 25% of adults misuse stimulants like amphetamines even when prescribed by a healthcare professional. Amphetamine misuse can be dangerous. In New Jersey, amphetamines were responsible for 1,338 hospital visits in 2021. Despite this danger, amphetamines are still widely prescribed. In 2021, 12.7 stimulant prescriptions were written per 100 New Jersey residents.
Signs of Amphetamine Abuse
As with other substance use disorders, certain behaviors may be signs of amphetamine abuse and addiction. Signs of amphetamine addiction or other substance use disorders may include:
- Inability to stop using the drug
- Urges to use the drug daily
- Drug use when alone
- Behavior to hide drug use
- Staying away from family and friends
- Not going to work or school
- Doing poorly at work or school
Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction
The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper offers programs for all stages of amphetamine addiction recovery. We offer a full continuum of care from medical detox to aftercare programs. Our addiction treatment experts create individualized treatment plans to help those struggling with amphetamine addiction overcome withdrawal symptoms and develop the skills needed to live a drug-free life after recovery.
Amphetamine Withdrawal and Detox
Amphetamines can change the brain’s balance of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. When a person stops taking amphetamines after long-term use, it throws off this balance, and the neurotransmitter levels start to change quickly. These rapid changes can cause withdrawal symptoms.
Some common amphetamine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Mood changes
- Drug cravings
- Lack of energy
Medical detox at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper can help people avoid or relieve some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. In medical detox, patients detox from amphetamines under 24/7 medical supervision and care, where onsite addiction specialists can quickly treat uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. During this challenging first step in recovery, our medical staff’s individualized care can help ensure your safety and comfort.
Inpatient Amphetamine Treatment
After medical detox,inpatient rehabat The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper is the next step to recovery. Here, individuals struggling with amphetamine addiction work with medical and clinical addiction experts to learn how to live drug-free. During their stay at our treatment facility, clients regularly visit a physician, participate in individual, group and recreational therapy and plan for care after discharge.
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Outpatient Amphetamine Treatment
After an onsite stay at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper, you may be able to return home and continue the healing process in an outpatient rehab program. During outpatient rehab, therapy and medical support provided by our addiction recovery team continue through our online teletherapy app. Individuals have access to medical services, individual and group therapy, treatment of co-occurring mental health conditions and relapse prevention support.
Aftercare for Amphetamine Addiction
Following rehab, the lifelong process of aftercare begins. Participating in aftercare programs at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper can help lower the chance of relapse during early recovery. Our facility can provide individuals healing from amphetamine addiction ongoing support by providing each person with an individualized aftercare plan. Aftercare plans may include group and individual therapy, addiction support groups and other recovery resources.
Choose The Recovery Village for Addiction Treatment in Cherry Hill
If you or a loved one is struggling with amphetamine addiction, The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper can help. Contact us today to learn more about treatment programs that fit your specific needs. We can provide you with the tools to live a drug-free life.
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