Amphetamine Detox Program
Amphetamines are a class of drug that stimulate the central nervous system in the brain and lead to hyperactivity. They are used primarily to treat people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as the chemical compounds actually help to prevent the propensity for hyperactivity in those individuals. Amphetamines may also be prescribed to people who suffer from narcolepsy or who are having trouble losing weight.
However, if used by people who do not have ADHD, the user will experience a marked increase in alertness and focus, initiating a “fight or flight” response in the brain, while resulting in a loss of appetite. Perpetuated use of such drugs significantly alters normal brain function and may lead to severe mood swings and altered perception.
Some of the most well-known stimulants that are in the same family, and are equally as addictive include Cocaine, Crack Cocaine Methamphetamine, Crystal Meth and MDMA, to name a few. These substances all affect the central nervous system and increase alertness, elevate blood pressure, increase heart rate and release unnaturally high amounts of dopamine into the brain. In the right dosage, stimulants can lead to seizures, stroke or sudden kidney failure.
Why are Amphetamines and other stimulants so addictive?
Amphetamines and illegal stimulants offer a temporary high that allows the user to feel alert, powerful and invincible. The effects only last a short time, however, urging the user to ingest more of the substance to re-live the same “high”, causing a “binge” and “crash” cycle. It can be hard to know when a dosage becomes dangerous or lethal. Much of the need to have more is psychologically induced. And since stimulants affect the cardiac system so significantly, even someone who has not used for a long time may be susceptible to an overdose that causes heart palpitations, stroke or heart attack.
Why is amphetamine and stimulant detox so risky?
Detoxing from amphetamines and illegal stimulants alone does not pose a significant risk of death, however the psychological implications from their short and long-term detoxification symptoms are extremely difficult to manage. One of the most notable high-risk symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal is suicidal thoughts or behaviors. The “crash” phase of detoxification from amphetamines and stimulants may be enough to cause the patient to do harm to themselves during extreme bouts of depression, mood swings, irritability or paranoia.
Also, the individual may feel symptoms for months or years after their last use, initiating a desire to use again at unpredictable moments. This high propensity for relapse is best managed under the care and guidance of a well-tailored, independently developed treatment plan for the individual. Detox is therefore managed with both short-term and long-term goals.
How long does amphetamine, cocaine or stimulant detox last?
We generally treat clients anywhere from 7-10 days who suffer from amphetamine or stimulant addiction to help them detoxify their system, and also center their mind. However, their detox curriculum or medication-assisted plan of action will also depend on their history of use, physical condition, psychological evaluation and any other co-occurring addictions or disorders that may accompany their unique situation.
Fast Facts About Amphetamine Addiction
- Varying levels of craving, irritability, delayed depression, and other symptoms produced by cocaine or amphetamine withdrawal may last months or years after cessation
- Withdrawal symptoms may also be associated with suicidal thoughts in some people
- Withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as 90 minutes after the last dose
- Withdrawal symptoms can produce fear, suspicion and extreme paranoia
- Methamphetamine abuse can result in collapsed jaw, rotted teeth, paranoia, delusions and psychosis
If you’re having any these symptoms, you may be at risk of potentially severe long-term consequences:
- Flu-like symptoms: fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle aches
- Psychological manifestations: anxiety, agitation, and an incessant desire to use
- Physical syndromes: insomnia, hot and cold flashes, heavy sweating
- Fatigue, or sleeping for days on end
- Rapid mood swings, from depression to excitability
- Increased hunger
- Intense cravings
- Severe depression
- Suicidal thoughts
How can I detox from amphetamines and stimulants safely?
Medications help reduce or eliminate cravings, ease anxiety and help the individual transition more gently from an abrupt cessation from using amphetamines and/or stimulants. The most harmful long-term side effects of amphetamine or stimulant withdrawal are the psychological implications, which may cause someone to want to use months or years after they have had their last dose. In extreme cases, stimulant detox may lead to suicidal thoughts or actions.
An accredited detox facility provides the care necessary for a safe withdrawal process, including an individually prescribed, medically supervised detox program, a team of therapists to manage he physical and emotional conditions as well as to provide a safe environment without the risk of relapse.
What To Expect During Amphetamine Detox
Upon admission, a client who is in need of amphetamine detoxification will be given a full medical assessment to identify:
- What specific stimulant(s) they are abusing
- How much of the stimulant they’ve been using
- How long they have been abusing stimulants
- A physical assessment
- A psychological assessment
- If they are taking any drugs in combination with their stimulant abuse
- An assessment of their nutritional history
- An assessment of their overall health and wellness
Goals of Amphetamine Detox
Medication management, therapy and nutritional support can help to reduce or eliminate the fear, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts or cravings that may accompany amphetamine detoxification. Therefore, it is the primary purpose of Prestige Detox to help the individual to manage these symptoms while preventing relapse during the detox phase of treatment. Other supportive modalities include healing arts, individual therapy and recreational engagement.