According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, amphetamines are highly addictive stimulants that cause both physical and mental damage. If your son is on amphetamines, it is very important to get him into treatment because of this damage.
It is very easy to become addicted to amphetamines. This means he won’t be able to stop on his own. Seeking treatment might be the only way to get him off of the amphetamines.
Amphetamines can cause the heart to speed up to the point where it damages itself. This increases the risk of heart failure which can result in death. It also causes damage to the blood vessels around the heart, increasing his risk of arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and heart valve issues later in life.
High levels of amphetamines cause cognitive and learning impairment. Despite the belief that amphetamines like the medications used for ADHD improve concentration, in high levels they begin to damage the pathways in the brain. This causes short term memory loss, loss of speech recognition, and inability to retain new skills.
Having illegal or high levels of prescription amphetamines is an offense that you can be arrest for. Most people who are arrested for possession of illegal amphetamines are put into prison for at least five years. Incarceration for felony drug possession ruins career prospects, college, and many other aspects of your son’s life. Seeking treatment for your son now will help prevent this from happening.
Your son could suffer from later life obesity due to amphetamines. Even after stopping amphetamine use, the damage of changing his metabolism remains. Someone who speeds up their metabolism for an extended period finds that their metabolism slows down after stopping amphetamine use.
All amphetamines, even those prescribed, can cause psychosis in large amounts. Recent studies have shown that large doses of amphetamines can cause a psychotic break. This condition can be permanent resulting in hospitalization.
People on amphetamines twitch and will scratch or pick at their skin. This picking causes holes in his skin that usually become infected. The scars caused by amphetamine use make him immediately identifiable as an amphetamine user which can hurt his chances for employment later on.
Most amphetamine users grind their teeth to breaking. The term “meth mouth” is often used for this type of decay. It’s been proven that people with a nice smile tend to do better on the job market and in life in general. The expense of fixing his teeth is often greater than the expense of treatment.
Amphetamines like anything that jacks up his metabolism will cause rapid damaging weight loss. This weight loss will also ruin his appearance. The vitamin and mineral deficiencies caused by amphetamine use ruin the hair, skin, and nails of the user.
Amphetamine overdose often means irreversible damage, psychosis, and death. It is not difficult to overdose on most amphetamines.
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