Amphetamines, otherwise known as ‘speed’ on the streets, are stimulant drugs which affect the central nervous system (CNS). Amphetamine use results in increased alertness which means that these types of drugs can be used to treat conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the sleep disorder narcolepsy.
Amphetamines are also sometimes referred to as ‘smart drugs’ or ‘club drugs’ and there is widespread use among younger generations who believe that these drugs are accessible and ‘safe’ in comparison to more potent drugs such as heroin. Despite this perceived positive image, the effects of an amphetamine addiction on your health and other aspects of your life can be equally as devastating.
The side effects of excitement and euphoria when using amphetamines mean that its use is not limited to healthcare. The addictive qualities of amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin are mostly observed within party scenes across the world, as well amongst individuals who are trying to enhance exam performance, or even as an alternative to dieting due to their weight loss properties.
Much like the abuse of other stimulant drugs such as the amphetamine derivative MDMA (ecstasy), people who take amphetamines with the intention of suppressing appetite or to feel less tired can become embroiled in a cycle of repeated use, which can lead to dependence and ultimately, addiction.
Free amphetamine addiction assessment at your nearest Priory hospital
Treatment for amphetamine addiction at Priory involves a free initial addiction assessment with an experienced therapist at one of our conveniently located hospitals, where you can discuss your addiction in confidence. Depending on the severity of your addiction, a bespoke treatment plan will include individual therapy sessions, day care and rehabilitation treatment to address all aspects of the issue.
Treatment for amphetamine addiction
If you or someone that you care about is struggling with an amphetamine addiction, then comprehensive treatment at Priory can help to break the cycle of amphetamine abuse and allow you to regain control of your life. Treatment for amphetamine addiction can take place as part of our 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme, with the length and type of treatment that you receive, dependent on your unique condition and the severity of your addiction.
Acknowledging that you need medical help for a stimulant addiction can be difficult, as can persuading someone that they need professional support in order to recover sufficiently. At Priory, we aim to ease those concerns by offering a free initial assessment with a specialist addictions therapist who can discuss the issues you are facing with addiction in confidence.
After you have discussed your addiction and decided what goals you want to achieve during your addiction treatment, a tailored treatment plan built around your specific circumstances will be arranged. This comprehensive approach to treatment enables you to learn healthy coping mechanisms to replace learned thoughts and behaviours that contribute to ongoing addiction, helping to ensure that once the drug is out of your system, you are less likely to relapse and turn to the drug in future.
Medically assisted withdrawal detoxification from amphetamines
A residential stay at one of our specialist hospitals may be required if you cannot stop taking amphetamines. In the first instance, a medically assisted withdrawal detoxification programme may be required in order to remove all traces of the drug from your body and reduce any physical symptoms that can occur when withdrawing.
24-hour medical and nursing support is provided within a safe and understanding environment, ensuring that you are comfortable throughout your stay. This first step can appear daunting at first, although you can be rest assured that you will be in the best location possible for getting your addiction under control and continuing your recovery journey.
The length of your detox programme will depend on the severity of your amphetamine addiction and how long you have been using the drug.
After you have completed the detox process, you will be able to continue on an addiction treatment plan involving one-to-one and group therapy sessions to further understand the addiction and the ways that you can prevent it from impacting your life in the future.
Drug counselling for amphetamine addiction
With the aim of supporting you to give up amphetamines completely rather than simply reducing the amount you take, counselling for amphetamine addiction allows you to learn how to manage stressful situations and problems in your life that may previously have led to you taking the drug.
A combination of one-on-one psychotherapy and group therapy sessions work towards building your self-esteem and challenging any unhelpful thoughts and behaviours which lead to a cycle of drug abuse, with problem-solving talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helping to instil a positive attitude going forward.
Our team of consultant psychiatrists and addiction experts, some of which are also in recovery themselves, provide an unrivalled insight and approach towards your recovery from amphetamine addiction that goes towards making your stay as beneficial as possible.
Outpatient treatment for amphetamine addiction
Your amphetamine addiction doesn’t have to be severe for you to receive help and support from us. We also offer comprehensive outpatient addiction therapy which is suitable for people stepping down from more structured inpatient, detox or day care programmes, and can fit in around other life commitments.
This page was reviewed by Stephanie Chick (FDAP) in July 2020.
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