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Amphetamine Rehab

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Although not one of the most popular substances found in rehab clinics today, Amphetamines (commonly known as speed) can cause many physical and psychological problems to which a rehabilitation programme can be the only solution. Amphetamines often cause problems such as: sleep deprivation, paranoia, drug induced psychosis, lack of appetite etc. Our amphetamine rehab programmes focus re-stimulating the appetite, working with the psychological aspects and underlying conditions of the addiction and a safely detoxing.

Pharmaceutical Name

Alpha-methylphenethylamine

Street Names

Phet, Billy, Whizz, Sulph, Base, Paste, Dexies, Speed, Uppers, Amph, Sulphate, Grudge, Blues, Ups, Wake Ups, Bennies, Black Beauties, Jollies, Crazy Medicine, Crazy Horse

Trade Names

Adderall; Benzedrine; Dexedrine; DextroStat

Forms

Tablets, Capsules, Powder, Base (soft block). Amphetamine is often injected, however if they are prepared for injecting the drug classification goes up from class b to class a.

Doses

Different forms of Amphetamines will have different strengths base being one of the strongest. Amphetamine addicts will need to use more and more of the drug to experience the same highs.

History

Amphetamine was first synthesised in 1887 at the University of Berlin by Lazar Edeleanu. Nothing was done with it until the late 1920’s when Gordon Alles re-synthesised it and tested it on himself. It was found to raise blood pressure, enlarge nasal passages and stimulate the central nervous system. By 1932 it was being marketed in the USA as Benzedrine (an over the counter inhaler used to treat congestion). Smith and Kline then set about marketing it to the US Army. It soon became a recreational drug as its users liked the effects. People were opening the inhaler and eating the amphetamine soaked blotting paper inside.

By 1935 Amphetamines were being used to treat narcolepsy as it inhibits the need to sleep. In 1937 amphetamines were found to have a positive effect on children suffering with ADHD as it aided their concentration and helped to calm them. It wasn’t until 1956 that Amphetamines became available by prescription in the UK. The 1970’s saw slimming pills become fashionable. Tablets laced with amphetamines flooded the market. They were quickly discontinued owing to the serious side effects that they caused. People were suffering with vomiting, heart palpitations, insomnia, strokes, kidney failures, miscarriages, and heart attack. Despite being taken off the UK market slimming tablets are still available for internet order in different countries.

Side Effects

Amphetamine side effects can include any one or some of the following; decreased appetite, decreased fatigue, euphoria, hyperthermia, or increased body temperature, increased activity and attention, increased breathing rate, decreased appetite and weight loss, disregard for consequences of negative behaviours, feelings of isolation, feelings of well-being, hallucinations, irritability and mood swings, legal problems, paranoia, ravenous appetite, recurrent failure to meet responsibilities at work, school, or home, sleep disorders, use of amphetamines when it is dangerous, such as while driving, anxiety, depression, excessive sweating, headache, lethargy and fatigue, muscle and stomach cramps, tremors

Overdose

An amphetamine overdose is rarely fatal but overdose of amphetamines can produce seizures, hypertension, tachycardia, hyperthermia, psychosis, hallucinations, stroke, and fatality. Habitual amphetamine lead to drug educed psychosis; this resembles paranoid schizophrenia in its symptoms.

Amphetamine Withdrawals

Withdrawal symptoms from chronic use of amphetamines can include; convulsions anxiety, agitation, cravings, depression, excessive sleeping, fatigue, increased appetite, irregular heart beat, irritability, hyperventilation, nausea, sweats, suicidal thoughts. There is no specific medication to deal with the withdrawal symptoms, though benzodiazepines and sleeping tablets are prescribed in some cases.

If you have tried to stop using amphetamines and can't then you may well need to consider an inpatient rehab programme. Call one of our drug and alcohol counsellors and they can talk you through your personall situation and help you to wiegh up the pros and cons of a rehab programme.

For more information on our amphetamine rehab please contact us today.

 

 

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