Amphetamines can be useful for many medical problems. For example, doctors often use them to treat narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, when people begin abusing these medications, dependency can often follow and spiral out of control. If your teen struggles with amphetamine use, waiting to seek treatment can be playing with fire. For adolescent substance use treatment, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center is an excellent option. To learn more about our amphetamine use treatment program, contact us today. 

WHAT ARE AMPHETAMINES?a young man smiles after attending an amphetamine abuse treatment program in MS

Amphetamines are synthetic drugs that stimulate activity in the central nervous system. They increase alertness, energy, and energy. They also increase your respiratory rate, heart rate, and blood pressure. Doctors may prescribe brand-name amphetamines, such as:

  • Adderall 
  • Desoxyn
  • Dexedrine
  • Vyvanse

If you were to take a pill form of the amphetamine, you would get a mild high. However, if you crush the pill and snort them, the high comes faster and is more potent. Moreover, people can also dissolve the powered form in water and inject it. This method is the most intense. 

Some teens use amphetamines as a study aid. In other words, they use it to get high energy and focus as they study for a test. However, this does not lead to an improvement in grades. Alternatively, teens may use the drug solely to get high. Nonetheless, whatever the reason, it is vital for them to get help at an adolescent amphetamine use treatment program. 

EFFECTS OF AMPHETAMINES

Amphetamines cause a variety of health effects. For example, in addition to the increased heart rate and blood pressure, high doses of amphetamines can lead to high body temperature, seizures, and heart failure. Moreover, people who use amphetamines over a long period can become paranoid or irrationally angry. Additionally, amphetamines can cause psychosis. If your teen injects amphetamines, they can contract blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV. 

Another risk when you misuse amphetamines is that you will overdose. There are a variety of signs of overdose, including:

  • Restlessness
  • Overactive reflexes
  • Tremors
  • Rapid breathing
  • Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • High fevers
  • Panic states
  • Weakness
  • Muscle pain

An overdose can lead to a heart attack, high or low blood pressure, convulsions, poisoning, circulation failure, or coma. Therefore, it’s critical to get treatment at an adolescent amphetamine use treatment program to avoid the risk of your teen overdosing. 

GET TREATMENT AT STONEWATER

At Stonewater, we know how dangerous amphetamine use can be. However, we also know how to treat this substance use. At our amphetamine use treatment program, we provide several therapy programs to help your teen. Some of these therapy programs are evidence-based. Treatment specialists have studied these methods, and they have proven that they work.

Additionally, we also provide many holistic therapy programs. Substance use touches every area of your teen’s life. Therefore, our treatment programs address each aspect of the substance use. Holistic therapies play a vital role in that respect. Through a combination of these programs, we can offer your teen the best possible chance of overcoming their substance use. Some of the programs we offer include:

There are many causes of substance use. For example, one reason that many people cite is a mental health disorder. Often, people begin using substances in order to self-medicate a mental health disorder, such as depression. Alternatively, some substances can cause mental health problems. For instance, in the case of amphetamines, they can cause amphetamine-induced bipolar disorder. If that is the case for your child, we also offer dual diagnosis treatment. In other words, we treat both substance use and mental illness at the same time. We treat:

To learn more about our programs, contact Stonewater today at 662.373.2828. Amphetamines don’t have to rule your teen’s life anymore.