Amphetamine Detox

The facts on amphetamine addiction

At Rehab Clinics Group, we are here to help those who are trying to break free from the devastating cycle of drug addiction. If you, a relative or friend is suffering from an amphetamine addiction and would like more information on treatment options including detox, get in touch with us today. By undertaking a detox at a rehab facility, you can get your body and mind back to full health and live a life that’s free from drug use. The detox process can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, and with determination and courage, you have the strength to succeed.

Commonly referred to as ‘speed’, there are many different kinds of amphetamines that are used by drug addicts, such as Benzedrine and Dexedrine. These drugs can be taken orally, intravenously or through nasal ingestion, with strong mental and physical side effects that have a damaging effect on the body. The user initially feels a ‘high’ or ‘buzz’ which has short-term effects, meaning that more of the drug needs to be consumed for a sustained effect. Over time, a very strong physical and psychological addiction to amphetamines can take hold.

 

What are the signs of amphetamine addiction?

Physical signs of an addiction to amphetamines include the following:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweats
  • Decrease in libido
  • Raised pulse
  • Stomach pain
  • Disinterest in food
  • Feeling sick
  • Weight loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Disorientation
  • Dry mouth
  • Teeth grinding

Psychological signs of an addiction to amphetamines include:

  • Mood swings
  • Feeling irritable
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

 

What should I expect from an amphetamine detox?

Amphetamines create chemical changes in a user’s brain, causing them to think and behave irrationally. A detox will gradually cleanse the body and mind of amphetamines, until the brain is no longer used to the drug’s presence in the bloodstream and the chemical changes cease. In some cases, it is normal for the brain to into a ‘fight or flight’ mode when a detox first begins. This is because the brain has become so used to amphetamines that it struggles to perform without them. During this time, withdrawal symptoms may occur that give the detoxer the impression that their normal cognitive functions are not working properly. These withdrawal effects include:

  • Cravings
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Insomnia
  • Unpleasant dreams

 

How long does an amphetamine detox last?

If you decide on entering a facility through Rehab Clinics Group, you’ll need to undergo an assessment before the detox process begins. You’ll be asked questions about how you became addicted to amphetamines, whether you have any underlying mental health issues, and how drugs have impacted on your life. Your answers will determine the kind of treatment and support you receive. It is important to be patient through the recovery process, as you may not see results instantly and it can take your body weeks, even months, to feel normal again. This is natural and you shouldn’t feel disheartened. Below is a more detailed outline of the various stages to a detox process:

Day 1 – Day 3

This is the stage at which your body will be having the strongest cravings, as it has become used to taking amphetamines and relies on them. Most people experience mood swings, including very low moods, as well as trouble sleeping. Some people feel the need to sleep a lot and are able to do so, while others struggle to sleep and suffer with insomnia. In more severe cases, you may experience hallucinations and paranoia. This is normal and rest assured that when you’re undergoing a detox in rehab, you will be supported and monitored at all times to make sure you are safe.

Day 4 – Day 7  

Although you may feel very tired, you should feel relieved that it is only upwards from here. The worst part of the detox is over, but your cravings may still be very strong. You will be counselled and advised on how to overcome your cravings to prevent relapse.

Day 8 – Day 14

Up until now you may not have had much appetite, but this should start to pick up again in your second week of amphetamine detox. You may also have difficulty sleeping, either through insomnia or uncomfortable dreams. This is perfectly normal and will ease in time.

Day 15+

The amphetamines will be out of your system for good and you should notice that your cravings start to ease as your body slowly adjusts to a drug-free life. You will still need to closely monitor your cravings to avoid relapse, but for the most part, the difficult part of the detox process is over. You may have a setback or two during your detox period, but stay focused and on track with trying to recover.

 

What should I expect at rehab for amphetamine addiction?

The most common way of treating amphetamine addiction in rehab is through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These comprehensive therapy sessions are designed to make you change the way you think about drugs, so you change your relationship with them. These sessions are normally held with a counsellor or therapist who you can speak to should you have any questions or have a setback.

Other methods include involving relatives in group counselling, in which those you love have a chance to air their feelings about your amphetamine addiction and why they felt you needed rehab. It also gives you an opportunity to express how you are feeling. Many rehab facilities also do this type of therapy with a group of patients together in the same group, knowing that they all have the problem of addiction in common and can therefore sympathise with one another and offer one-another support.

These methods of rehab are typically offered alongside a detox programme, depending on the seriousness of the patient’s addiction.