Dexedrine is the brand name for the potent central nervous system stimulant drug dextroamphetamine. It is often prescribed to treat narcolepsy and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Dexedrine decreases the appetite and many people take it to lose weight. The drug has even been used by the military to keep pilots awake, alert and focused. The drug is also popular with college students to increase their grade scores and athletes to improve performance. For recreational use, the drug is taken in high doses by dancers at clubs and raves for its energetic effects and as an aphrodisiac.
Dexedrine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. and has a history of abuse and addiction. The drug increases the dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the brain creating feelings of euphoria and well-being. Long-term abuse can lead to neurotoxicity which is not reversible. Dexedrine can be taken orally, snorted or injected and is known on the street as speed, uppers and Black Beauty.
Addiction to Dexedrine
Some people who use Dexedrine will build up a tolerance to the drug and more intake of the drug will be required to achieve the same effects as before. This abusive behavior causes physical and psychological dependence. Other people will become addicted to the drug because of co-occurring mental disorders, abuse, or trauma and will use the drug to find relief from their problems. And still others will use the drug to experience the euphoric feelings, high energy and weight loss. There are many reasons why people become addicted to Dexedrine.
Dexedrine is a powerful drug and addiction may cause physical harm to the body by damaging normal biological functions. There are many adverse effects to Dexedrine abuse. Some of these symptoms may include increased heart rate and blood pressure, breathing problems, chest pain, fainting, circulation problems, tachycardia, seizures, high body temperature, hallucinations, delusions, aggression, mania, psychosis, stroke, heart attack and death by overdose.
Dexedrine Addiction Recovery
Dexetrine addiction can destroy the addict?s life if help is not sought. The drug wreaks havoc on the mental and physical body and causes desolation of familial, social, financial and spiritual aspects of the addict’s life. But there is hope in recovery.
Dexedrine is a psychoactive stimulant and there are certain health risks involved during the detox process. The withdrawal procedure should be done at an inpatient rehab center under the supervision of experienced medical professionals. The patient will slowly be weaned off the Dexedrine and medications may be used to treat withdrawal symptoms and other medical issues that may arise. Some of the withdrawal symptoms that the patient may experience include confusion, irritability, depression, sleep problems, apathy, extreme fatigue, psychosis, seizures, disorientation, violent outbursts and intense hunger.
The detox process can be frightening and overwhelming for the patient and that is why they need the expertise and compassion of experienced professionals to assist them. Once the detox process is completed other treatments will begin for the patient. Nutritious food and vitamin/mineral supplementation may be necessary to strengthen the body and clear the mind. Psychological counseling on an individual basis will uncover how the addiction started and how to prevent relapse. Strategies will be taught so that the patient can overcome cravings, triggers, emotional upsets and other problems they may be facing. Behavior modification therapy will help the patient learn new ways of coping with stress, people and situations in life. Cognitive therapy exposes negative thoughts and behavior patterns and replaces them with healthy, positive ones. Group and family counseling will also strengthen the patient’s resolve and provide a strong support unit.
Practicing one’s faith will bring strength and hope for the future, and combined with on-going counseling a successful recovery can be realized.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.