Meth / Adderall Addiction
Meth and Adderall, both stimulants, produce a high that includes euphoria, alertness, energetics and a sense of invincibility. Both drugs can quickly lead to addiction, especially meth which because of its chemical make-up can pass very easily from the bloodstream into the brain. Adderall, however — the prescription form of the drug — is chemically extremely similar to meth and is no safer.
While Adderall, prescribed for sufferers of ADHD and narcolepsy, has medical benefits for people who take the drug as prescribed, if used recreationally, both Adderall and its illegal counterpart meth can cause permanent brain damage as the drugs act like neurotoxins at incorrect dosages. Abuse or addiction to these drugs will require a medically-supervised detox to ensure your physical safety during withdrawal.
Short-term Effects of Meth and Adderall Use
Short-term use of meth and Adderall have many negative side effects which include both physical and psychological symptoms.
These symptoms include:
- appetite loss
- increased resting heart rate
- dilated pupils
- difficulty sleeping
- unpredictable behavior
- seizures or convulsions
- panic attacks and/or psychosis
- heart problems
Long-term Effects of Meth and Adderall Abuse and Addiction
If you use meth or Adderall long-term, you will experience symptoms of increasing severity which will threaten your physical safety.
Long-term symptoms include:
- difficulty concentrate
- major dental problems
- compromised motor skills
- loss of weight
- loss of memory
- aggression and/or violent behavior
- hallucinations, psychosis and paranoia
- the possibility of liver, kidney and/or lung damage
- brain structure and function changes, resembling Alzheimer’s Disease
Withdrawal Symptoms from Meth and Adderall
Withdrawal symptoms from meth and Adderall can be frightening and also pose many physical dangers including some life-threatening symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- cravings for the drug
- sleep problems
- tremors and convulsions
- chills, fevers and sweating
- vomiting and nausea
- heart palpitations
- respiratory complications, respiratory failure
- drug cravings
- appetite loss
- body aches
- difficulty concentrating
- mood swings
- suicidal ideation
- tremors and/or seizures
Why You Will Need a Medically Supervised Withdrawal from Meth and Adderall
Abuse or addiction to any drug signals a medical problem. By this time, your body chemistry has changed significantly due to the constant presence of the drug, and these changes can be more substantial the longer you have used the drug and the larger the quantity of the drug you have used.
Just as you currently experience negative symptoms from the use of your drug of choice, you will also experience equally painful and uncomfortable symptoms as your body chemistry changes back to its original, drug-free state. These changes can have dangerous consequences just like your drug use, including an increased chance of relapse if you decide to quit your detox and use it again to manage your symptoms.
Relapse poses additional and very real dangers, as you are most likely to overdose during relapse than at any other time. The likelihood of incurring permanent damage to your health and even the risk of accidental death also greatly increase. Detox from meth and Adderall include life-threatening physical symptoms as well as severe mood swings and depression. A medically-supervised detox can increase your safety and comfort immeasurably.
A Holistic Approach to Detox Gives You the Best Chance of Beating Meth and Adderall
You can quickly find yourself addicted to meth and Adderall and suffering from many physical and psychological symptoms. Stopping use suddenly can pose equal dangers. However, many users will still avoid a medically-supervised detox because they are afraid of a what a medically-supervised detox will be like.
To encourage meth and Adderall users to get help, The Serenity Recovery Center stresses a compassionate, judgment-free approach to medical care, treating the addiction but also treating you like a person throughout your stay.
This same approach influences all aspect of the care you will receive, from group and individual therapy to the interactions you will have with our experienced counselors. While you will receive medical treatment for the clinical aspects of your drug addiction, we will also help you heal the emotional and psychological wounds that addiction can cause.
This approach tries to help you face all aspects of your addiction so that post-treatment you can live your life with a renewed sense of courage and self-confidence — qualities which will impact your long-term sobriety as much as breaking your chemical dependency.
When you no longer have cravings, and you have learned and practiced healthy ways to avoid future drug use, you can sustain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy long-term sobriety. Call The Serenity Recovery Center today at 844-325-9168 to begin your recovery journey.
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