According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland, amphetamines are stimulants that are highly addictive, whether they are used recreationally or prescribed. This is a well-known fact to all of the people that are struggling with an amphetamine addiction. So are all of the effects that this addiction has on the addicted. However, they may not know how their amphetamine addiction affects those around them.
Addictions of any kind damage relationships. Addictions to amphetamines are no exception. The biggest factor of amphetamine addiction that affects relationships is behavior. Your friends are negatively affected by these behaviors in a number of ways, including:
- not being able to count on you for anything,
- being worried about your health,
- being financially damaged because you borrow or steal money from them, and
- suffering abuses of all kinds while you are under the influence of amphetamines.
All of these have the potential to ruin even life-long friendships.
Every member of your family is also affected by your amphetamine addiction. Whether they are parents, siblings, significant others, or children. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, your family is hurt by your amphetamine addiction because:
- You become unreliable.
- You lie about your addiction, and become untrustworthy.
- You create financial hardships by spending all of your money on amphetamines.
- You disconnect with spouses, children and parents because you are preoccupied with getting and using amphetamines.
- You may lose your job, and fail to support your family.
- You may become physically, emotionally, or mentally abusive.
- Your behavior while on amphetamines makes them embarrassed and ashamed to be related to you.
All of these things hurt your family deeply, and all can be attributed to your addiction.
Coworkers and Neighbors
By observing your behavior under the influence of amphetamines, acquaintances, like neighbors and coworkers, get a skewed perception of who you are. Thanks to your addiction, and the effects on your personality from amphetamines, they perceive only negative traits about you. They may think you are:
- Abusive and bullying
- A criminal
The worst part about these negative traits is that they are true. At least, while you are under the influence of amphetamines. This negative perception colors their relationship with you in a negative light, assuming they maintain a relationship with you at all.
There is only one sure way to stop your amphetamine addiction from affecting those around you. And that is to get help, and recover from your addiction. There are many treatment options available, and anyone can recover if they choose to do so. Take the first step to recovery, and get the help you need to mend your broken relationships. For more information on how to get the treatment you need call us at 800-768-8728. We can help you find the right treatment before it is too late.