Amphetamine Addiction And Abuse

Amphetamine drugs are stimulant drugs that, when frequently abused, see individuals at risk of developing a stimulant use disorder (SUD).

Impairing the central nervous system, when amphetamine drugs, including prescription drugs, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and Adderall, are abused, messages between the brain and body speed up, leaving many feeling more alert and energetic.

Although medical professionals commonly prescribe amphetamine drugs to treat neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), more than 100,000 people are believed to use and abuse amphetamine drugs each year in the United Kingdom.

While people of all ages are at risk of developing amphetamine addictions, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that adults between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to become addicted to amphetamine drugs.

Adults between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to become addicted to amphetamine drugs.


Are you suffering from a Amphetamine Addiction and need help? If so, Rehab Clinics Group are leading UK based experts in Amphetamine Rehabilitation Treatment. Find out how we can help by getting in touch with our friendly team today. You can either call our confidential helpline on 0800 470 0382 or request a callback by clicking on the below form.

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The Side Effects Associated With Amphetamine Addictions

Regrettably, amphetamine abuse and addictions come hand in hand with a wealth of health problems that are often irreversible.

From psychological impairments to physical illnesses, we have outlined just a number of the side effects associated with amphetamine addictions below.

  • Chest pains
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Unexplained aggression
  • Lack of patience
  • Inability to focus and concentrate
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Sudden spouts of energy
  • Inability to relax
  • Insomnia
  • Isolation from others
  • Changes in your appetite

If you experience any of the side effects noted above, you must secure treatment as soon as possible.  These indicate that an amphetamine dependency is drastically impairing the overall quality of your life.  They also signal that your body and brain is unable to cope with the ramifications associated.

Failure to seek treatment when the side effects listed above are experienced will cause both your physical and psychological health to decline.  As a result, you could experience depression or psychosis.  You could also experience organ failure, which will ultimately put your life at risk.


Treating Amphetamine Addictions

Sadly, as amphetamine abuse increases, many individuals put themselves at risk of developing an amphetamine dependency.  Without treatment, amphetamine abuse intensifies, leaving many struggling with an addiction.

As touched on above, when treatment for a stimulant use disorder (SUD) is not secured, many also find themselves at risk of experiencing the side effects associated with amphetamine addictions.

If you have personally developed an amphetamine dependency, you may worry that there is little help and support available.  However, this is not true.

Here at Rehab Clinics Group, we have a number of residential rehabs across the United Kingdom and Spain that can provide you with the treatment you need to overcome your amphetamine addiction. (1)

Irrespective of whether you attend Asana Lodge, Cassiobury Court, Ocean Recovery or Nova Recovery for amphetamine addiction treatment, our team of medical professionals and recovery support workers will guide you through a personalised treatment programme to ensure that you have every chance of making a long-term recovery.

Although we are unable to ascertain the exact treatment you will need to overcome your amphetamine dependency prior to conducting a pre-admissions assessment, you will likely experience a medically induced detoxification and rehabilitation.

Completing a medically induced detoxification will encourage your brain and body to withdraw from amphetamines.  Although this can often be unpleasant and cause withdrawal symptoms to arise, our medical teams will provide around the clock care to ensure that you remain comfortable at all times.

If you find that the withdrawal symptoms you encounter are intolerable, medication can be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms experienced.

Upon completing a medically induced detoxification, you will then commence rehabilitation.  Consisting of various psychological, well-being and holistic therapies, rehabilitation will see you address your amphetamine addiction and ascertain the factors that have played a role in the development of your addiction.

Understanding what has caused your addiction to arise, you will then begin to work with our recovery specialists to create coping strategies that will mitigate your risk of relapsing in the future.


Aftercare Support Is Available For Amphetamine Addictions

As you progress through your personalised treatment programme, you may be under the impression that you will be left to continue to recover on your own upon leaving one of our rehab centres.

However, this is not true.

At Rehab Clinics Group, we provide 12-months of aftercare support to ensure that our clients have the best possible chance of making a long-term recovery.

Typically, aftercare support for amphetamine addictions includes weekly group therapy sessions.  We can also provide one-to-one cognitive behavioural therapy and one-to-one dialectical behavioural therapy.

Before leaving one of our rehab centres, you will be approached to discuss your aftercare support.  Our team will ensure that you are happy with the aftercare support offered and will answer any questions you may have to guarantee that you remain confident in your ability to make a long-term recovery.


Recovering From An Amphetamine Addiction Requires Commitment

As you turn your thoughts to taking advantage of the amphetamine addiction treatment we can provide, it is vital to remember that recovering from long-term amphetamine abuse is not a quick fix.

Just as many other stimulant use disorders (SUD) require commitment, recovering from an amphetamine addiction does too.

Although you will probably complete a treatment programme within 90-days, your recovery will be lifelong.

Throughout your recovery, there will be times that you feel as though you cannot cope.  There will also be times when you feel like giving in.  However, by committing to your recovery, you will find that you can regain control of your life.


Secure Your Place At One Of Our Residential Rehabs Today

From providing you with industry-leading treatments to offering you a safe space to recuperate, at Rehab Clinics Group, we are here to support you every step of the way as you look to overcome your amphetamine dependency.

If you are ready to put your addiction behind you and live a happy, healthy future, please contact us today to secure your place at one of our residential rehabs.




Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the short term effects of Amphetamine?

    Like all drugs, symptoms and effects vary from person to person. This depends on the the amount consumed over a certain period of time as well as the type of drugs, as all drugs are classed differently.
  • How Are Amphetamines Abused?

    There are numerous signs of spotting someone who has or is developing signs of an Amphetamine Addiction. Firstly, they may be taking more than the prescribed amount of drugs than normal. Many people who are prescribed these drugs may crush and snort them, resulting in a quicker and more powerful high.
  • What causes Amphetamine Addiction?

    Like other addiction’s, there is no specific reason as to what may cause any addiction as this can vary from person to person depending on certain factors. Some people become addicted to amphetamines quicker than others, while some may never become dependent or addicted at all. However, it is believed that a combination of genetics, brain chemistry, and environment and social factors may combine to increase the likelihood of developing an addiction.

Laura Smart - Author - Last updated: November 7, 2023

Laura is a qualified counsellor and behavioural therapist specialising in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy), ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), ICT (Inner Child Therapy), MI (Motivational Interviewing), Hypnosis and Mindfulness practice. She has experience working with individuals suffering from conditions such as problem behaviours, internet and social media addictions, depression, anxiety, anger management and trauma.