Amphetamine Addiction & Treatment
At Abbeycare, we deal with many patients looking to recover from an incredibly harmful addiction to Amphetamine Type Stimulants, also known as ATS.
Rising to popularity during the 1960’s, Amphetamine type drugs are known under an almost unlimited number of nicknames including: Meth, Crystal meth, Crank, Glass, Ice, Whizz and Speed.
As some of the names reveal, Amphetamines are synthetic drugs which have been designed to speed up the body’s physiological processes, with the desired result being a massive increase in both energy levels and alertness, mainly due to a massive increase in heart rate – the main aim of the drug is for users to feel alert, confident and powerful – until the drug wears off, when a crushing come down takes place.
Amphetamine Recreational Use
Although used very carefully in medicine, the vast majority of Amphetamine users are recreational drug users – and are using Amphetamine which has been purchased on the street.
Incredibly popular with party goers looking to extend the party all night, whilst feeling more confident – amphetamine is available in powder form, which usually looks either white, or white with a tinge of yellow, pink or grey. It’s usually sold in wraps of cling film. In some cases, it is also available as a paste.
Amphetamine available on the street, like most other drugs is incredibly dangerous – as it almost always mixed with a range of other ingredients to maximise profit for drug dealers. Other ingredients in Amphetamine can include everything from dried baby milk to caffeine, as well as other drugs such as paracetamol and aspirin.
Amphetamine Dangers & Risks
- As with any drug that provides an immediate high, the return back to ‘normal’ feeling can be a dramatic and depressing process, avoiding the come down process can lead to addiction in a very quick space of time..
- The stimulating nature of the drug can put the organs of the body under massive amounts of pressure, especially when increasing heart rate.
- Amphetamine use has been associated with dental problems, with users often grinding their teeth whilst under the influence.
- Tolerance to Amphetamine can build up, meaning a user needs more of the drug to feel the same kind of high – ingesting more of the harmful substance.
- Amphetamine is also a leading cause of anti-social behaviour and fights are common with those who take it. Increased confidence and aggression can be blamed.
Amphetamine Side Effects
As well as the above risks & dangers, amphetamine addiction can also be attributed to a number of physical and social problems, including:
- Chest Pain
- Stomach Pains
Amphetamine Addiction Treatment & Detox
At Abbeycare we understand the fragility of patients who are addicted to Amphetamines – and have worked with many patients who are suffering from the physical and psychological signs of withdrawal from this highly addictive drug. Residential Detox is the ideal solution to solving an Amphetamine addiction, with users benefiting from a holistic rehab approach which combines a range of activities to offset and minimise the effects of withdrawal. A medically supervised program of detox is required, where presence of amphetamines in the body is completely removed.
A range of treatments are available, ranging from mild sedation and counselling to offset the horrible feeling of beating an Amphetamine addiction. The good news is that this approach has proved incredibly effective in beating Amphetamine addiction.
If you are concerned about your own addiction to Amphetamine, or that of a loved one – please do get in touch and we would be happy to discuss treatment options with you.