Substance abuse and addiction are equal opportunity conditions and when they strike your family it’s devastating. The emotional roller coaster involved in addiction leads to sadness, anger, denial, and guilt as you wonder if there’s anything that could have been done to prevent it. Once you or a loved one become engrossed in substance abuse and addiction, it slowly takes control over the mind, body, and your entire life. Family members, friends, and co-workers are not exempt from the ravishes of this disease either, as it affects everyone connected to the addict.
Although addiction was once considered to be a sign of weakness, doctors and medical researchers have known for a few decades that it’s actually a chronic disease. Similar to other chronic illnesses, such as arthritis or diabetes, addiction will not go away by itself. It’s an illness of the brain that also affects your loved one’s mind and body by altering the function of the brain’s pleasure center, or hypothalamus. Continued abuse of drugs or alcohol cause the pleasure center to associate good feelings and a feeling of normalcy with use of the drug. Over time your body and mind or the mind and body of your loved one also comes to associate normal function with drug use. This leads to addiction because, at this stage, it’s no longer possible to feel or function normally without the presence of drugs or alcohol.
The potential for you or your loved one to recover from addiction exists, but typically requires treatment. The type, length, and intensity of treatment varies according to the specifications of the substance abused and you or your loved one’s needs. If you or a family member are addicted to amphetamines, professional treatment can help you regain the hope you feel has been lost for health, happiness, and a promising future.
Amphetamine addiction is on the rise. While the drug effectively helps prescription users, such as those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, when used inappropriately it increases energy. Also known as “uppers”, amphetamines affect the body’s central nervous system, providing you or your loved one with a feeling of well-being and the ability to remain awake for extended periods of time without proper rest. Similar to other stimulants, such as cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol, amphetamines are highly addictive and short-term casual use can quickly develop into a full-blown addiction.
Most people don’t expect to ever have to confront addiction in their lives, and a lack of knowledge can make doing so feel very scary. If you feel alone and hopeless in facing your addiction or the addiction of a family member, you’re not alone. Recovery takes time, treatment, and persistence, but it also provides hope for you to break free from amphetamine addiction. By learning more about addiction to this powerful stimulant, you put yourself in a better position to consider treatment and the steps needed to obtain help for yourself or a loved one.