Amphetamines are a specific class of drugs known as central nervous system stimulants that increase the brain’s activity and cause high energy, confidence, focus, and even euphoria. They are used to treat an assortment of conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, weight loss, and occasionally even depression.
Unfortunately, all stimulants are very highly addictive drugs, both illegal and prescription, because they work on the brain responsible for regulating pressure.
Can Amphetamine Increase the Amount of Dopamine?
When amphetamines are abused, the drugs will increase the amount of dopamine production in the brain. Therefore, all amphetamines can be very dangerous, but the following list includes the riskiest. We recommend you get the help you need if you have an addiction to amphetamines. There are many diverse treatment options available to you, including outpatient, residential, dual diagnosis, and medication-assisted treatment, just to name a few.
What is Crystal Methamphetamine?
Crystal meth, or methamphetamine, is one of the strongest in this category. It is that much more dangerous because it is illegal and manufactured in illegal underground labs. Pseudoephedrine is the main active ingredient, however many toxic chemicals not meant for human consumption are added to make it. Some of those chemicals are acetone, ether, lithium, anhydrous ammonia, and red phosphorus.
Meth can be smoked, snorted, or injected and produces an extremely powerful high that lasts for hours. Some even stay awake for days while feeling invincible and highly energetic. Unfortunately, long-term abuse can lead to severe weight loss, skin sores, “meth mouth,” paranoia, and internal organ damage.
Adderall as a Different Type of Dangerous Amphetamine
This kind of drug is a product that is a combination of the stimulants amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is typically used in the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. While it is a legal and widely prescribed medication, it is also a highly abused medication. It works by increasing the amount of norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine in the brain. However, after prolonged use, this drug changes the chemistry of your brain, causing physical and mental dependence.
Ritalin is the brand name for the amphetamine known as Methylphenidate. Ritalin is among the most abused amphetamines because it causes an almost euphoric high and increased amounts of energy. It works on the brain in the same fashion that Adderall does by increasing norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine in the brain.
What are the Side Effects of Amphetamine Abuse
Abusing amphetamines listed or not above can lead to a long list of side effects that can turn dangerous in the blink of an eye. The side effects can include a rush of energy, dilated pupils, weight loss, fast heart rate, high body temperature, hostility, paranoia, increased blood pressure, lowered inhibitions, nausea, and overdose.
Abusing amphetamines will cause a significant change in how the person lives their everyday life. It may start as infrequent use, but over time as it is taken regularly, you will see the effects the drugs have on your life. Unfortunately, many people tend to become very secretive, sneaky, and isolated to hide their drug use from friends or family.
High doses of amphetamines in months or years can cause severe and long-lasting damage to many organs in the body, including the brain and the heart. The long-term effects can even take on mental disorders like schizophrenia and include delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations.
Addiction Help from Amphetamine Abuse at Recreate Life Counseling
Taking the courage to acknowledge that you need help is the first step to getting control of your amphetamine abuse or addiction; after that, getting yourself into detox and following an intense treatment program is the best plan of action.
Treatment plans are specialized for each person to ensure the highest quality of care. If you need help finding the right treatment for your addiction, one of our addiction specialists can help you determine which of our treatment programs would be best for you.