Amphetamine addiction is one of the serious and largest drug addictions around. Some of the drugs that are classified as amphetamines include meth, adderall, speed, etc. These drugs are used to treat hyperactive disorders, extreme depression, etc. Amphetamines are extremely addictive drugs as even the occasional or rare use of the amphetamines results in addiction. However, very limited dosage of the drugs as prescribed by the physician makes no harm. Opportunely, it is possible to spot and tell the differences whether a person is addicted to amphetamines or is taking only the prescribed dosage to cure the disorder by signs of amphetamine addiction.
Before looking into signs of amphetamine addiction, let us see how people get addicted towards amphetamines.
Amphetamines release dopamine, which stays in the body for a long time. It is very similar to adrenaline. The dopamine pass through the central nervous system and it gives an extreme level of excitement. High excitement gives a sort immense pleasure and well being. So, people who take amphetamines love the excitement and the power, energy and contentment provided by the drug. It sharpens the senses, improves concentration and increases the awareness. Moreover, since this mood and sensitivity stay for a long time, the users develop a sort of dependency on these drugs. Furthermore, once they experience or lose the excited sensation, they tend to get agitated, which is generally accompanied and followed by violent behavior. Developing a sort of dependency on amphetamines causes amphetamine addiction. Regular or high dose of amphetamines increases the body's tolerance to the drug. Enhanced tolerance level induces the people to take higher dosage to achieve the excited state.
Let us look into signs of amphetamine addiction. Signs and symptoms of amphetamine addiction is many. It can be classified under three categories and include the following:Amphetamine addiction and moodAmphetamine addiction and behaviorAmphetamine addiction and physical signs
Mood swings and rapid changes in the mood are very common in drug addicts and abusers, where amphetamine addiction is not an exception. When ingested or taken in the form of a pill, euphoric state is produced by the drugs. High depressed state can be suddenly transformed into an euphoric state. Other signs include restlessness, great focus, nervous reactions, poor judgement, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, etc.
At many times, the most common and apparent sign of amphetamine addiction is an abnormal or changed behavior. It can be observed as 'indifferent' or 'something wrong'. Some of the following behavioral changes help identifying about the addiction.Sudden change of appearance and their approach towards their look and personality. It is quite common that any individual who feels so powerful, energetic and alerted care a lot about their appearance. Many addicts tend to care more for their outlook and appearance.Changes in the eating habitsAbnormal activities like ignoring everyone, hesitant to talk to father or mother, excessive sleep, loneliness, etc.Obsession
Amphetamine addiction and physical signs:
Amphetamine addicted and dependent individuals exhibit the symptoms of insomnia and very surprisingly, they can stay awake without sleep for several days. Those who rely on amphetamines tend to have bloody noses. Abnormal or arrhythmic heart beat is also a sign of addiction.Dilated pupilsReddish, tired and puffy eyesShaky and shivering hands and legsHigh temperature with no signs of feverSubsequent weight loss or weight gainPuffy or swollen faceExtreme tiredness, which make the addicts look like they completely deprived of sleep
Severe indications are exhibited in heavy addicts. Delusion, hallucination and paranoia are the signs of amphetamine addiction at the extreme level. Extreme addiction may collapse the individuals or result in cardiac failure. Also, these addicts tend to act very violent towards others.
Recovery from any drug addiction is a quite challenging and getting off the amphetamines is somewhat very difficult. Drug addicts experience a range of withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms are highly dangerous and severe than the symptoms of addiction. Some of the severe withdrawal symptoms include excessive weight gain, too much sleeping, suicidal thoughts and aggressive behavior.
While the physical signs of the addiction can be suppressed in a few days, the psychological impact on the individual lasts for a few months to even years. When it comes to treating the signs of amphetamine addiction, holistic and drug free remedies bring effective results.