At Visions Treatment Centers, teens struggling with amphetamine addiction and mental disorders are treated via a multipronged approach combining addiction recovery with first-line medication, various therapies, and alternative treatments.
Amphetamines are a class of drugs used in the treatment of narcolepsy, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and, in select cases, asthma and hypertension. Amphetamines are prescription drugs, meaning they can only legally be purchased for the treatment of these conditions and select other cases. However, amphetamines are also sold and distributed illegally for athletic performance enhancements, recreational use, and as a “study drug”.
The most abused amphetamine is Adderall. There are many other addictive prescription stimulants, including Ritalin/Concerta (methylphenidate) and Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine). When not sold in pill form, some amphetamines are cut and mixed as white powders with other chemicals, including cheaper, less potent stimulants like caffeine, and other substances.
Depending on the dose and individual sensitivity, Amphetamines are powerful stimulants that pose many use and abuse dangers, and more importantly, heart health risks. Chronic use can lead to amphetamine addiction, and some research indicates amphetamines have long-term side effects on the brain’s cognitive and memory abilities, as well as other organs such as kidneys and the liver.
While amphetamines are prescribed in cases of severe ADHD to induce and promote focus, they can cause bouts of panic and severe anxiety in teens inclined towards anxious symptoms and anxiety disorders, and amphetamine addiction can exacerbate the symptoms of depression as a result of the high comedown and subsequent withdrawal issues.