Amphetamine Detox

Amphetamines are a class of stimulant drugs that include amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, and methamphetamine. As amphetamine is the common or parent drug, they are similar in the effects they cause and have different uses. Many people take amphetamines as a focus drug to help them with ADHD. Because these drugs are addictive and cause side effects like wakefulness and weight loss, they are often abused. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, adults often misuse amphetamines in an effort to improve their memory.  A person can easily become addicted to amphetamine and may need to seek treatment for this issue. Amphetamine detox is where the recovery begins.

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Amphetamine Withdrawal

What is it like when someone experiences withdrawal from amphetamine? Because the drug is highly addictive and because of the nature of how it works on the brain, amphetamine can cause physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the person, some of the symptoms he or she may experience during amphetamine withdrawal are:

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Muscle and body aches are common during amphetamine detox.

  • Fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Slowness or sluggishness
  • Disturbed sleep patterns – Sometimes, insomnia will occur; other times, a person will develop hypersomnia and sleep for a long time.
  • Increase in appetite
  • Aches in body or muscles

The AGDH lists the above symptoms as criteria for diagnosing amphetamine withdrawal, along with “dysphoric mood.” The person will likely exhibit several of the previous symptoms. These symptoms can also include depression, and a person may have difficulty dealing with amphetamine withdrawal alone. This is why detox is so important. Depending on the addiction and the drug or drugs involved, the person’s withdrawal experience could become much worse. Methamphetamine can cause very severe withdrawal symptoms that may border on psychosis while amphetamine can cause intense symptoms as well if the person has been abusing it in high doses.

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What Happens in Amphetamine Detox?

Someone going through amphetamine detox will likely feel very irritable and frustrated. The disturbance of sleep patterns will be difficult on the person, as will the discomfort and sluggishness after he or she is used to being high often on amphetamine. Many people also are used to the binge crash cycle of abusing amphetamine where the user takes a large amount of the drug to feel high and stay awake for several days. According to CESAR, “when binge episodes end, the abuser ‘crashes’ and is left with severe depression, anxiety, extreme fatigue, and a craving for more drugs.”

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In amphetamine detox, a person is treated through his or her withdrawal symptoms as the amphetamine leaves the body. There are many types of clinics that conduct amphetamine detox, including both inpatient centers and outpatient centers. A person who chooses to detox in an inpatient center will likely be without a strong family or friend support system while someone who chooses outpatient care will be able to go through detox while living outside of the clinic. Inpatient care is ideal for those who do not have much support at home because they will receive it at the hospital. It is also necessary for many people who have more severe addictions. If someone is addicted to methamphetamine, because of its strong and often dangerous withdrawal symptoms, that person ought to consider inpatient detox.

Types of Treatment in Amphetamine Detox

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