Detox Centers Treat Amphetamine-Type Stimulants Addiction
Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) have been in use by the medical professions since before WWII. During the war, fighter pilots took the drugs to help them stay alert during long hours of battle. Since short-term use seemed to be beneficial, doctors began over prescribing ATS drugs and patients used them recreationally.
Fast forward seventy plus years and ATS are being sold by pharmacies and the black market worldwide. They have become one of the most used recreational drugs with serious side-effects. In fact, they are the fourth most mentioned group of drugs in hospital emergency rooms. Methamphetamine was reported in 103,000 visits during 2018. A survey in 2012 showed that 1.2 million people reported methamphetamine use. That is about four percent of the population.
While the majority of users in America are in the western United States, detox centers in South Florida are treating Amphetamine addiction in growing numbers.
What Are Amphetamines-Type Stimulants?
ATS is a class of drugs used to stimulate the central nervous system. Doctors prescribe ATS to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Now manufacturers released a new form of the drug called Adzenys to treat ADHD. It is a soft, fruit flavored chewable ATS meant to make taking the medication easier for children. Many doctors are concerned that this will increase interest in the drug on the black market.
Aside from the therapeutic advantages of ATS the black market sells them for the euphoria, weight loss, and to increase energy. ATS come in many forms and can be smoked, inhaled (snorting and sniffing), or injected.
Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction
People addicted to Amphetamines will be more energetic than usual and stay alert even when not sleeping normal hours. They will not eat as much or as often as ATS will decrease appetite. Users may lose weight rapidly without increasing activity.
Other symptoms are an increase in body temperature or feeling warmer even on a cool day, increase in blood pressure, breathing faster when at rest, dilated pupils, dry mouth, and euphoria.
Like all addictions, Amphetamine users will go through withdrawal when the drug is not available. Those who suffer acute withdrawal benefit from Amphetamine detox centers and medically assisted detox.
Effects of Amphetamine Abuse
Short-term health effects of ATS use include mood changes, nervousness, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, impotence, increased heart rate, and stomach pain. Larger doses of ATS can cause chest pain and heart failure, loss of coordination, seizures, fevers, strokes, and death.
Long-term health effects of ATS addiction causes psychotic episodes, malnutrition, and suppression of the immune system resulting in poor health and infections.
The Process of Amphetamine Detox in Recovery Centers
When a person is addicted to Amphetamines, it’s more than a physical addiction. It is also a mental one. Craving the euphoria, or feeling good despite circumstances, can be difficult for the addict to deny. That is why many choose Amphetamine detox centers in another state. The warm climate of the Southern regions of America makes detoxing easier on the body. And the strong recovery community helps the recovering addict focus on sobriety and healthy living instead of the cravings.
Amphetamine Detox Center You Can Trust
Are you addicted to Amphetamines and looking for help to detox and stay sober? Northlake Recovery offers a Partial Hospitalization Program(PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program(IOP). Northlake Recovery Recovery is an effective Amphetamine detox center with staff waiting to help you. Call (561)-770-6616 to speak to an Addiction Specialist now.