The substance Amphetamine was first synthesized in the late 1880s. At the time, the drug was not noticed for its stimulating effects. In 1965, the FDA limited all Amphetamine based drugs to prescription use only. Amphetamines are categorized under a group of synthetic psychoactive prescription drugs that are found to be highly addictive.
These psychoactive drugs are also known as Central Nervous System stimulants. The group of Amphetamines includes Meth Amphetamine, Dextro Amphetamine and Amphetamine. Use of Amphetamines induces an increase in overall attention, alertness, hyperactivity, concentration, sociability, while decreasing appetite. However, the effects produced and experienced do not come without a cost.
Amphetamines mimic adrenaline in the human body and are known to result in dependence as well as addiction. Amphetamines have the potential to change a person’s entire psychological chemistry by altering the dopamine pathways of the brain. Short-term use whether recreational or experimental, often unnoticeably turns into a long-term, life-distorting addiction. When prescription stimulants are abused, the creation of dopamine in one’s brain increases at a drastic rate. An increase of dopamine ultimately leads to disrupted communication throughout brain cells and heightens the risk of developing addiction.
Stimulant prescription medications are commonly utilized for treatment of ADHD, narcolepsy and obesity. The most known prescription Amphetamines are Adderall, Dextrostat, Dexedrine and Desoxyn. Abuse of Amphetamines, whether obtained through a personal and legitimate prescription or illicitly purchased on the street, still pose a high risk for serious complications later in life. Serious complications range from not only a physical level but a psychiatric level as well. From a social stand point, Amphetamines are often abused in aim of losing weight, increasing one’s energy and overall performance in day to day life.
To improve academic performance, many students, especially at a college level are reported to abuse Amphetamines for study purposes. Although it is not true many believe that prescription stimulants are, “smart drugs” that enhance your cognitive abilities and make you smarter. Statements from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate that although these stimulants do help with wakefulness, studies have shown that they do not enhance thinking ability or learning. Reports from SAMHSA indicate that over 89.5 percent of college students who took the prescription stimulant Adderall were abusing it. Among the 89.5 percent of students over half of them were heavy Alcohol drinkers.
For individuals living with an Amphetamine addiction, the stimulating properties of the drug are known to make them feel more relaxed and comfortable in a vast range of social situations. Amphetamines are abused in several different ways. Reports have shown that Amphetamines are often snorted or injected, however the substance is also smoked or taken orally. When individuals achieve, the euphoria produced from prescription Amphetamines it is usually a result of pills being either crushed and snorted or mixed in water and injected.
Today, abuse of Amphetamines in the U.S. has become a major problem. In 2015, a report from SAMHSA revealed that over 17.2 million Americans used prescription stimulants, while 5.3 million were reported to abuse them. Prescription stimulants such as Adderall and illicitly made Amphetamines, like Meth Amphetamine, are not only addictive but disruptive to an individual progress and success in life.
Amphetamine addiction can happen to anyone, even if the drug is taken as prescribed by a doctor. Becoming addicted to Amphetamines does not only happen to those who abuse the drug. So, whether Amphetamines are abused or taken as prescribed, the disease of addiction does not discriminate. Amphetamines, much like other substances, dramatically changes the pleasure response in a person’s brain chemistry. Ultimately, Amphetamine exhausts pleasure receptors and eliminates the body’s ability to feel anything good or pleasurable without it. When not using the drug, chronic Amphetamine abusers have strong side effects of depression, suicidal thoughts and ideations.
Amphetamine drug cravings are quite powerful and can make stopping use of the substance challenging. A common challenge in individuals living with Amphetamine addiction is poly-substance or poly-drug use. Research has found that most Amphetamine abusers also engage in abuse of other drugs. Poly-drug use is said to increase the effects produced by Amphetamines, which is at the least, fatally dangerous.
The use or abuse of several drugs does complicate the detox and recovery process from addiction. Rest assured recovery and a happy sober life is possible even with poly-drug abuse. Whether you or a loved one is living with an addiction to Amphetamine or various drugs, there is a way out. You can get your life back and learn to love living again. Reach out for help.