Amphetamine Prescription Addiction

Definition

Amphetamine prescription pills are classified as narcotic stimulants that affect the central nervous system by increasing its activity. Their chemical structure closely resembles adrenaline as well as noradrenaline which is produced naturally in the body. More in particular, these type of pills effect the brain’s dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmitter system. They are primarily prescribed for issues relating to Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), weight loss and narcolepsy (a sleeping disorder). The main chemical compounds used for such purposes are: pharmaceutical grade methamphetamine, methylphenidate (Ritalin) and of course, amphetamine. These chemicals posses the same potency and ability of other dangerous narcotic drugs to form a habit or addiction as well as to overdose or even worse…die. For these reasons alone, doctors are now more reluctant to openly prescribe amphetamine based prescription pills.

Amphetamine prescriptions are abused due to providing the user a euphoria-like adrenaline rush. Other reasons include: helps the user stay awake for longer periods of time, reduces tiredness, improves sports and academic performance, increases endurance and to further boost self-confidence. Woman in particular have a strong tendency to abuse these types of pills as they feel amphetamine prescriptions help them turn into a “Wonder Woman” now having the energy to fulfill all of the daily household chores/tasks and to help them fight off obesity.

The symptoms and effects of amphetamine prescription abuse are similar to that of meth, but with less severe consequences since these type of prescription pills are manufactured in a controlled environment with much safer chemicals. When abused in high doses in a short period of time, it has been observed for the user to experience symptoms closely related to paranoid schizophrenia and only upon abstinence from crashing will the user regain touch with reality. This process can take up to a couple of weeks before the user feels more like their normal self. When mixed with alcohol the user can expect to display aggressive and violent behaviors.

Amphetamine prescription pills come in different colors and shapes and besides being taken orally, they can be snorted, smoked or injected into the veins. The majority of amphetamine prescription overdose deaths are from being intravenously injected. Because the user enjoys the euphoria amphetamine pills provide, they take more of them until a tolerance is developed requiring them to take higher doses to get the same effect. The vicious cycle of addiction continues because once the user is hooked, they will experience extreme bouts of depression (from dopamine depletion) when undergoing withdrawals. To avoid said withdrawal symptoms, the user will display behaviors congruent to criminals to obtain more amphetamine prescription pills. It is possible to be addicted to amphetamine prescriptions both psychologically, emotionally or physically. Unfortunately, central nervous system damages may take months to overcome even when the user is no longer abusing amphetamine prescription pills. Some of the more well known amphetamine prescription pills are Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Concerta, Vyvanse, etc.


Signs and Symptoms of Use

Common signs of an amphetamine prescription addiction are:

  • Nervous tension and anxiety
  • Constantly running out of their prescription before the refill date
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Intense focus on the details
  • Obsessive and compulsive behaviors
  • Coming up with physical and/or mental health issues to obtain more pills
  • Little to no appetite 
  • Deep sleeping patterns lasting well over 24 hours at a time.
  • Painful and frequent headaches
  • Manipulative behaviors
  • Sensations of tickling from the stomach up
  • Sense of feeling rushed forward
  • Involvement with the legal system
  • Increased activity with rapid and jerky body movements
  • Speech is rapid, tangential and chatty
  • Checks are not balanced and money is missing or stolen often
  • Loss of control
  • Insomnia with increased wakefulness
  • Suddenly missing pills from your pill jar
  • Sense of well-being with over confidence
  • Inability to sit still and restlessness
  • Suddenly missing different pill jars or pills from your jar
  • Doctor shopping
  • Skin sores from injecting or nervous picking
  • Depression
  • The mind feels powerful, clear and focused
  • Becomes extremely ornery when prescription runs out
  • Sudden bursts of energy
  • Increased desire to be social and communicate
  • Constantly requesting money and has none of their own
  • Muscle twitches
  • Sudden loss of job and inability to remain gainfully employed
  • Less need or urges to use the bathroom
  • Openly asking for prescriptions from other individuals
  • Mood swings
    • Agitation and irritability
    • Angry outbursts
  • Personal items of the addict start disappearing or are pawned
  • Personal items of friends, family and loved ones are missing
  • Hyper and rapid behavior
  • Majority of relationship with family and friends are negatively damaged
  • Isolation from both friends, family and loved ones
  • Depression is prevalent with an attitude of not caring about anything
  • General lack of interest in treatment and prefers pills over getting help
  • Eye pupils appear dilated
  • Telling lies and getting caught in them more often than not
  • Personal hygiene starts to really suffer
  • Taking things apart and reassembling them over and over
  • Daily chores and tasks are done with meticulous effort and are often repeated

Common symptoms of an amphetamine prescription addiction are:

  • Increased risk of low birth weight and premature delivery for females
  • Crashing from most recent binge (usually lasting one (1) week before the cycle returns)
    • Keeps the user abusing to avoid withdrawal and crashing symptoms (binge)
  • Malnutrition
    • Higher susceptibility to illness and poor health
  • Heart disease
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart strain
  • Rapid pulse and heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Psychosis
    • Mania
    • Delusions
    • Symptoms relating to paranoia and schizophrenia
    • Hallucinations
      • Auditory
      • Visual
  • Infections and diseases from intravenous needle use
    • Cellulitis
    • Heart lining and valves
    • Hepatitis B
    • Hepatitis C
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Blood clots
    • Hypertension
    • Bronchitis
    • Gangrene
    • STAFF
    • HIV
    • AIDS
    • Pneumonia
    • Abscesses
    • Bacterial
    • Tuberculosis
  • Dental problems
    • Jaw damage from clinching and tensing of jaw muscles
      • Sinking of the lower jaw (Deformation)
    • Teeth damage from constant re-occuring grinding
      • Cracks and breaks
    • Teeth decay, rotting and loss
    • High blood pressure
    • STAFF
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Teeth discoloring
    • Gums receded and dried out
  • Hallucinations
  • High body temperature and sweating
  • Symptoms closely related to ADHD
    • Inattention
    • Hyperactivity
  • Withdrawal Symptoms
    • Symptoms can persist within hours of last use and last up to two (2) weeks
    • Major symptoms usually display themselves after 24 hours
    • Medication is not required as this type of withdrawal is not as life threatening
    • Hypertension
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Urinary retention
    • Glaucoma
    • Arteriosclerosis
    • Extreme pill seeking to avoid any further symptoms
    • Manipulating
    • Fatigue and lethargy
    • Extremely irritable
      • Acting out violently in extreme cases
    • Depression
      • Suicidal thoughts
      • Mood swings
    • Anxiety
      • Panic attacks
    • Excessive hunger
  • Overdose Symptoms
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Heart attack
    • Stroke and/or seizures
    • Restlessness and shaking
    • Confusion
    • Anxiety
      • Panic attacks
    • Psychosis
      • Symptoms relating to paranoia and schizophrenia
      • Mania
      • Delusions
        • Persecutory and other unpleasant feelings, etc.
      • Vivid hallucinations
        • Visual
        • Auditory
        • “Trip” cannot be undone until it has taken its full course

Treatment for Amphetamine Prescription Addiction

Treatment of an amphetamine prescription addiction is very similar to a methamphetamine addiction which requires an extremely skilled therapeutic team. Before starting this treatment process, the first thing to accomplish will be finding the right detox facility. A detoxification facility can help better manage withdrawal symptoms medically, or you bypass this step altogether as withdrawaling from amphetamine prescription addiction will not risk the addicts life. The other form of detoxing is on a social level through the help of the therapist and your treatment group family.

The next best step will be to admit yourself into an inpatient residential drug rehab. The treatment for amphetamine prescription addiction needs to include cognitive behavioral therapy as well as a strict program providing integrity and accountability. Group, individual and family treatment sessions are equally crucial. Another important part of treating an amphetamine prescription addiction is to involve outdoor experiential therapies to help you grow and learn outside of the group room. The amphetamine addict must learn different ways of enjoying themselves in a sober environment. Many amphetamine prescription addicts seem to struggle with routine and boring activities and crave opportunities to achieve another “ dopamine rush”.

Once you successfully complete treatment at an inpatient residential facility, you will succeed by attending an aftercare outpatient program, as well as your local 12-Step community meetings. Zion Recovery Center is the only wise choice when it comes to holding you accountable and treating your amphetamine prescription addiction. Zion Recovery Center creates a loving and healing atmosphere the amphetamine addict truly needs if ever to recover from their affliction of addiction. We do this through providing frequent and random observed urine analysis (UA) tests. This helps you feel safe and realize you cannot get away with amphetamine use while in our treatment program.

Zion Recovery Center is the best in the treatment industry in that we provide multiple outdoor adventures regularly to help the amphetamine prescription addict enjoy natural surges of dopamine. Zion Recovery Center helps the amphetamine addict’s body and brain recover through alternative methods instead of allowing harsh chemicals or a variety of different narcotic prescriptions. Zion Recovery Center’s clinical team is very cautious when ruling out any possible substance induced psychotic disorders (symptoms relating to paranoia, mania or schizophrenia). This type of diagnosing requires a skilled clinician that specializes in substance abuse treatment.

Zion Recovery Center only employs the most highly skilled and experienced with drug and alcohol abuse issues. We also provide full wrap-around services by providing a state-of-the-art outpatient aftercare treatment program. Zion Recovery Center has access to many resources and so if you desire to find a detoxification center or a structured sober living residence; we can help. Zion Recovery Center is only a call away. Call now and start the most exciting treatment process you will ever experience. 385-207-2029