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5 Common Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

Amphetamine is a very strong stimulant that is has been used for medical reasons as well as non traditional illegal uses. There are a variety of amphetamine withdrawal symptoms that a person can experience. Some symptoms can be more intense if the person has been using the drug for a long period of time.

Many people will experience depression while they are withdrawing from amphetamine. Many of the amphetamine withdrawal symptoms that a person may go through will match the symptoms of traditional depression.

1. Anxiety / Panic

One of the most common amphetamine withdrawal symptoms that a person may go through is anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of fear or worry. There are different intensities of anxiety that the person may experience such as mild, moderate or occasional anxiety attacks. The best help a person can get when they are experiencing anxiety or panic attacks is to try to do activities that will help calm themselves down. Also, joining support groups or counseling for people with an amphetamine abuse problem can help ease the problem. Counseling and support groups can help the person find ways to help them overcome their unique problem.

2. Nightmares

Symptoms caused by amphetamine withdrawal

Amphetamine withdrawal symptoms can be very painful and uncomfortable.

Nightmares are another one of the amphetamine withdrawal symptoms that person may encounter. Many people will experience nightmares when they are going through withdrawal because the amphetamine will increase the production of different chemicals in the body that help stimulate the central nervous system. Nightmares are most often caused due to anxiety and stress. When a person is stressed and also has an amphetamine drug problem, the nightmares can become much worse than normal.

3. Very irritable

It is common to see a person that is experiencing amphetamine withdrawal symptoms to become very irritable. They may experience mood swings and not understand why they are upset. When a person is experiencing irritability, it is important for the people helping them cope with their amphetamine withdrawal symptoms and be caring and understanding. They should never judge the person and make sure they are being comforting for them during this sensitive time.

4. Oversleeping

Since amphetamines cause a person to stay awake for longer period of time, when they start to withdrawal they will want to sleep. While on the drug, the person probably overworked their body and mind. Sleeping for 16 to 20 hours at a time is one of the common amphetamine withdrawal symptoms for the person to experience. It is the best to allow the person to sleep for a while and give their body as chance to builds his or her strength back up.

5. Violent Behavior

While a person is withdrawing from amphetamine, withdrawal symptoms can include violent behavior. Since the person’s brain has become confused, the person will tend to act harsh at their loved ones and become more violent. They may not understand why they are so upset or angry. It is especially important for their support system that is going to be close them through this sensitive time to understand the possibilities of them becoming violent and upset.

Road To Recovery

When the person has decided that they want to become sober, they will need to understand what the process will entitle. Once a person has went through the withdrawal symptoms, they can start in different counseling programs and groups. There are many different detoxification programs that will help the person eliminate the drug for their life. They will also need to be encouraged to eat a very nutritious diet and have daily exercise. When they have flushed out the toxins in their body, the recovery process will become much easier. They will have a chance at a new sober life and reduce or eliminate the cravings all together.

Resources:

http://www.cesar.umd.edu/cesar/drugs/amphetamines.asp

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