If you have decided it is time to stop using amphetamines and it is time to receive some treatment, you are making the right decision. Amphetamine abuse not only takes a toll on the life of the users, it impacts everyone close to the user. Often these impacts lead to shattered families, lost jobs, and the destruction of lifelong friendships.
The decision to quit using amphetamines is a difficult one because of addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction is, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.” It extends beyond a person’s will to quit.
However, if you have finally decided to take the steps needed to live a sober life and you would like more information about resources and treatment centers, contact Amphetamines.com at 800-768-8728(Who Answers?) and speak with someone today. If you would like to know more about treatment, read on.
Although amphetamines were a popular treatment for depressions, weight loss, and nasal congestion and are a popular treatment for ADHD and narcolepsy, they aren’t safe to use for non-medical purposes. Initially, users are attracted to the:
- Decreased fatigue
- Increased energy
- Increased concentration
But, increased non-medical use brings on symptoms like:
- Cardiovascular system failure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Reduced social inhibitions
- Altered sexual behavior
- Blurred vision
- Chest pain
- Unrealistic ideas of personal ability and power
- Skin disorders
- Amphetamine-induced psychosis
The first step in amphetamine addiction treatment is intake. During this process, you will meet with a therapist to answer a series of questions. It is important that you answer all of the questions honestly, as your answers will determine your treatment plan. If you lie, you may not receive effective treatment.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes: “No single treatment is appropriate for everyone. Treatment varies depending on the type of drug and the characteristics of the patients. Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society.”
You may also be seen by a nurse or physician. It is important that your treatment plan address any comorbidity. Comorbid disorders are ones that happen simultaneously in the patient. If you have an amphetamine addiction and are bipolar, it is crucial that your treatment plan address both of these conditions.
As NIDA States: “Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse. To be effective, treatment must address the individual’s drug abuse and any associated medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal problems. It is also important that treatment be appropriate to the individual’s age, gender, ethnicity, and culture.” Honest answers during your intake assessment will ensure that treatment is appropriate.
A treatment plan will be drawn up using your intake answers. If you disagree with the plan or feel that it may not work for you, this is your chance to address that. Be aware that the plan won’t be fun. Rehab is hard work. So, be honest with yourself about whether you are asking for changes to make things simpler for you or because those changes are necessary to best help you through rehab.
If you are ready to begin drawing up a treatment plan and pursuing sobriety, contact Amphetamines.com at 800-768-8728(Who Answers?). You will be directed to treatment centers and resources. Call today.