Amphetamine drugs were originally synthesized in 1887. However, they weren’t officially marketed for medical use until the 1930’s and their effects, uses, and dangers have grown and unveiled themselves in several different areas since then.
Amphetamines were originally used to treat respiratory problems, alcohol hangovers, depression, and vomiting in pregnant women among other ailments. The propensity for addiction is insignificant when used as directed by a physician, but that can change dramatically with increased amounts and frequency.
Users become addicts when they lose control and build a tolerance by taking more than prescribed. This results in the user needing more of the drug to achieve the same results or desired effects. It is a vicious cycle that ends up as addiction.
Amphetamines today can come in powder or pill form and can be administered by means of:
- Taken orally as a pill
- Snorted (crushed if pill form)
- Dissolved in water and injected
Amphetamines are stimulants that have short and long term effects, some of which can have devastating consequences. These consequences can lead to a road that is riddled with strife and heartache for the user and his family/friends.
Some short term effects to be expected when under the influence of amphetamines:
- High body temperature
- Nausea, Headache, Palpitations
- Increased respiration
- Changes in heart-rate and blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Extreme talkativeness
- Tremors and twitching
- Lack of inhibitions
- Hostility or paranoia
- Overconfident feelings of intelligence, unlimited capability, and supremacy
As far as short-term effects, it is possible to see how one might be willing to overlook some effects to gain the benefit of others. But a slippery slope only needs one misstep.
Long-term effects associated with amphetamine use include:
- Toxic psychosis, Physiological and behavioral disorders, mood/Mental changes, Mental illness
- Dizziness, Difficulty breathing, Unexplainable tiredness, physical weakness and collapse
- Cardiac arrhythmias and Pounding heartbeat
- Repetitive motor activity, and Lack of coordination
- Convulsions, coma, and death
- Ulcers, Malnutrition, and Vitamin deficiency
- Skin disorders
The long-term effects seem to paint a picture that is not enticing in the least or that is rationally not even willing to consider in trade for the few “benefits” one might reap from amphetamine use.
Amphetamine addicts live in a world filled with binge and purge madness that consumes them to the point that they lose themselves and all they have. Addicts often suffer more and more as a slave to their addiction. They compromise their jobs, their family, their friendships, and even their own ideals and morals in an effort to get high.
The ravages of amphetamine addiction on the body are catastrophic. Addiction to these drugs can easily harm your health for the remainder of your life, which is also in jeopardy because of your addiction.
The worst case scenario for an addict, end is overdose and death. This is normally preceded by a long road of personal destruction and deterioration of the addict’s life in all aspects.
The best case scenario for an addict is to seek help and recovery. In this situation the possibility to regain a normal or successful life is real, but the consequences already set into action regarding your physical health will not be reversed. Some after effects may not even show up for years or decades.
Rebuilding your life after an addiction will be a great feat that will exhaust you in every way. It will force you to take responsibility for your actions. It will cause you to see that not only did you do this to yourself, but along the way, in some form or another, it happened to affect every person you know and love. Forgiving yourself and seeking forgiveness from them will help to heal some of the havoc that your addiction caused.
Among the many areas of your life that are ruined by amphetamine addiction are:
- Being addicted/enslaved to a chemical substance
- Loss of moral character and personal beliefs
- Strained/ruined family ties
- Strained/ruined friendships
- Loss of work/career
- Possible jail time
- Giving up everything you have for the addiction
- Having to “beat” it in rehab/recovery
- Short-term health problems- including overdose
- Long-term health problems- including heart conditions, neurological diseases, schizophrenia, etc.
No one would look at the big picture of addiction and actively seek to become addicted. Amphetamine addiction is cunning and sly and selfish. It will pursue you relentlessly with every use. Addiction is a loss of control that rips your life apart until you die or take it back. It will not stop on its own and will continue to wreak havoc until you decide you’ve had enough.
Recovery from addiction is a scary thing to face. How can you regain control and change it all back? Such strength of purpose and will is not easily found when it has taken so much from you already. But recovery is possible, and there are many avenues for an addict in need of help.
In this day and age with technology and increased funding to help addicts, there are resources in almost every town and city in the United States. If you or a loved one is suffering and in need of help and encouragement, please don’t give up. Help is out there and you can regain your life and freedom from addiction can be yours.