The increase in energy, concentration and confidence brought on by amphetamines results from the influx of neurotransmitter chemicals within the brain. With ongoing drug use, the brain’s tolerance levels continue to increase as the cells involved in neurotransmitter production develop structural damage.
These changes mark the beginnings of physical dependence as brain chemical imbalances start to develop. Amphetamine withdrawal effects develop out of the state of chemical imbalance in the brain.
Effects of Withdrawal
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, withdrawal symptoms to expect include:
- Marked mood swings
- Inability to sleep
- Intense drug cravings
Amphetamine withdrawal treatment programs use medications to help relieve withdrawal discomfort. Treatment providers also offer emotional support and guidance to help you better understand and cope with the amphetamine withdrawal process.
Initially, the goal of treatment when an individual is suffering from amphetamine withdrawal is to help him or her to stabilize. Withdrawal plays a significant role in provoking continued drug use for those who are in early stages of recovery. As such, treatment must focus on eliminating symptoms of withdrawal while safely and effectively helping the patient to stabilize and feel better.
Inpatient or outpatient treatment options are available depending on the severity of the addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Many who suffer from amphetamine withdrawal will require at least 7 days in a residential, medical detox setting. This is for the safety of the individual. Here, medical monitoring can take place and the patient has ensured safety should any unexpected or dangerous symptoms of withdrawal occur.
If you or someone you care about is addicted to an amphetamine, do NOT quit cold turkey without help. Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening when left untreated. It’s important to seek professional help, preferably in a medical setting, to ensure your safety or the safety of a loved one during the early stages of amphetamine addiction recovery.
For immediate help finding a detox center or treatment program that will offer supportive care for your addiction, call 800-768-8728(Who Answers?) to speak with a caring representative. Our support specialists are ready to take your call and walk you through the process of choosing the best method of treatment for yourself or a loved one.
Don’t let amphetamine addiction ruin another day of your life – call for help and begin to see just how beautiful recovery can be.