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What are Amphetamines?
Amphetamines are stimulants that speed up the central nervous system often mimicking the body’s natural hormones.
What impacts do Amphetamines have?
The use of substances can impact the way in which the brain functions and the release of and reuptake of specific neurotransmitters responsible for good mental health. The use of substances can also increase the symptoms of a mental health concern. Regular use of amphetamines can lead to drug induced psychosis, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, as well as bizarre and violent behaviour.
Included in the category of amphetamines are dexamphetamine medications used to treat ADHD, methamphetamines (crystal, meth, rock, ice) and amphetamines (speed).
All substances have an impact on one’s physical wellbeing whether it be long, or short-term use, during use or post use. Some of the potential risks of amphetamine use include seizures, coma, death due to burst blood vessels in the brain, heart failure, paranoia, and hallucinations.
When a person is using amphetamines, there may be an increased risk for injury due to risky and/or violent behaviour, sleep difficulties and fatigue, a significant reduction in appetite, potential for malnutrition and a compromised immune system.
What are the amphetamines withdrawal risks?
Withdrawal from any substance should be done in consultation with your family doctor or medical professionals. Clients looking to enter an inpatient treatment facility may require medical intervention to ensure safety.
Withdrawal symptoms from amphetamines include profoundly depressed mood, fatigue, aches and pains, psychomotor agitation, insomnia, vivid, unpleasant dreams, impaired social functioning, increased appetite.
Overdose is a serious risk, and related deaths have been on the rise in Canada and around the world.
How We Treat Amphetamine Addiction
Gateway Recovery Centre challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario. We provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as well as psycho-educational counselling to help our clients understand why they use substances, and how to develop out of those patterns and behaviours.
Our treatment model recognizes the person as a biological, psychological, social and spiritual being. We recognize that amphetamine use and addiction may have interfered with the health and development of one or more of these areas, and we address each through our comprehensive program. As we work alongside those dealing with addiction issues, we also recognize that families have been affected as well, and so we also provide support and learning for all who have been affected by amphetamine addiction
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