Amphetamines are a class of drug used to mimic adrenalin in a person’s body which creates a rush or euphoric state in the brain and gives a sense of increased energy with heightened concentration and motivation.  After using these drugs for a period of time, a person will develop increased tolerance to the effects and will no longer be able to have euphoric experiences naturally.  This is the beginning of addiction. Without the drugs present in their system, the individual feels depressed or tired and will want more of the drug in order to feel better.

With all of the different legal medications and illicit substances in America, it is no wonder people have concerns about what drugs they can become addicted to. In fact, amphetamines make up a large portion of the addictive drugs produced in America.  Whether legal or illegal, they are highly addictive and dangerous.  Below are some of the drugs found in both legal and illegal classes of this drug.

Amphetamines are Illicit and Highly Addictive

Addiction to AmphetaminesThese drugs are illegally produced and sold in America and can cause a person to become addicted after only one use. Several common illicit amphetamine drugs include, but are not limited to:

Methamphetamine – Deadly and dangerous is the only way to describe this drug.  It comes in a crystal form and is relatively cheap, but when used can cause death even if it is only used once.

Ecstasy – The most popular of the rave drugs used by teens.  Causes a person to stay awake for long hours and have intense sexual desires.  It is addictive and when taken even once can cause permanent brain damage.

Some of the common nicknames or street-names include:

  • Bennies
  • Crank
  • Speed
  • Beans
  • Uppers
  • Whizz
  • Crystal
  • Glass
  • Ice
  • Wake ups
  • Whites

Legal, but Just as Addictive and Deadly

These are prescription drugs that individuals take for numerous reasons. Legal amphetamine drugs are as addictive and deadly as those sold illicitly, but are not often considered dangerous because they are legal and prescribed by a doctor.  A few of these legal drugs include:

Adderall– Prescribed to people young and old that are living with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  Is also abused by millions of high school and college students to help them stay awake long hours to cram for an exam or to party all weekend.

Benzedrine – An inhaler form,  prescribed to treat respiratory conditions.  Can be used by people looking for a quick and desirable high.  This drug can have damaging effects to a person’s nasal passages and throat as well as affects to the brain such as memory loss.

Dexedrine – Prescribed to help with ADHD and narcolepsy, but can have effects of anorexia, arrhythmia, anxiety, and even psychosomatic disorders.

Seeking Treatment is a Personal but Necessary Choice

Getting help for addiction is a choice that each individual person must make on their own.  When you have made the decision to seek help, there are several options for recovery that you can choose from, but in most cases, residential programs offer the best success rates. The best way to determine which type of program is best for your needs is to let an addiction treatment counselor help you create a recovery program based on your unique situation.

Call today to learn more about the dangers of amphetamines or to get help for your addiction now.

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