Adderall, Focalin-XR, and Vyvanse are commonly prescribed during childhood and adolescence to treat ADHD. Withdrawal from these amphetamines can be very harsh on the body, especially for teenagers.
Learn about Amphetamine Addiction
Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that often treat narcolepsy, hyperactivity, and asthma. Though many teenage amphetamine abusers are initially prescribed the drug, it’s important to understand why they sometimes use amphetamines for non-medical reasons.
Typically, amphetamines are abused for their ability to reduce fatigue or suppress appetite. More energy will keep people attentive when they need to study, or want to be active for long periods of time, while suppressing appetite can be perceived as a way to lose weight.
Amphetamine addiction is treatable, but the side effects of addiction can last throughout adulthood. Abuse sometimes seriously impacts brain development, causing permanent damage.
Signs & Symptoms of Amphetamine Addiction
Both physical and psychological problems can result from abuse of amphetamines. Long-term amphetamine use may cause the following:
- Psychosis, a mental disorder where thoughts and emotions are impaired to the point of losing touch with reality
- Convulsions, which are sudden, violent, involuntary body movements and muscle contractions
- Heart problems
If you suspect your child or any of their friends may be abusing amphetamines, learn the symptoms. Use these key characteristics to identify abuse:
- Higher body temperature
- Fast talking
- Increased heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Spike in blood pressure
Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
Detox should always happen under trained supervision in a safe environment. Withdrawal may occur, and symptoms include:
- Extreme depression
- Extreme fatigue
- Increased hunger
- Cravings for the drug
Fortunately, treatment options for teenagers afflicted with amphetamine addiction are available. To learn more, contact Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers at 866-889-3665.