Amphetamine Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Permanent Effects

Amphetamine Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Effects

Amphetamine addiction has physical, mental, behavioral, and social signs. If you believe that you or someone you know might be struggling with amphetamine addiction, look for these signs and symptoms.

Physical Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues
  • High body temperature
  • Muscle spasms
  • Dilated pupils

Mental Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

  • ‘Jammed speech’ or talking rapidly
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations (visual, auditory, tactile)
  • Obsessions with performance and achievement

Behavioral Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Difficulty performing in work, school, or relationships at home
  • Depression
  • Running out of prescription amphetamines quickly
  • Using multiple doctors or illegal sources for amphetamine drugs
  • Lying, stealing, or cheating, in order to gain finances or access to amphetamine drugs

Social Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction

  • Missing out on social events, relationships, or networking due to drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from passions, hobbies, and interests
  • Changing groups of friends
  • Spending more time alone
  • Spending time seeking and using amphetamine drugs

Permanent Effects of Amphetamine Addiction

Long-term amphetamine addiction and abuse can result in long-term damages to the mind and the body. Cognitive impairment is common in most drug addiction. Though men turn to amphetamine for memory retention and focus, those areas of cognitive function can suffer greatly. After stimulating the brain for so long, the brain can struggle to be stimulated in any way, causing periods of depression and low energy. In extreme cases, some men may develop psychosis. Ongoing abuse of substances like amphetamines that damage the heart can cause long-term problems in heart health by weakening the heart.

You can find freedom from amphetamine addiction. Through evidence-based treatments, proven therapies, and a lifestyle inspired by fitness, adventure, and the great outdoors, you can recover. Call Tree House Recovery today for information on our men’s treatment programs: (855) 202-2138

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