Across the United Kingdom, an estimated 1 in 11 adults consumes a drug at least once a year. Adding to this, the Office For National Statistics confirms that 3.4% of adults that administer drugs report taking a Class A drug.

Class A drugs include a number of Amphetamines, such as Speed and Crystal Meth.  Sadly, as the number of individuals abusing Amphetamines has increased, the number of people requiring Amphetamine addiction treatment has also surged.

Individuals that use Amphetamines typically administer drugs via snorting or injecting them. It is also possible for Amphetamine drugs to be consumed orally.  Once consumed, users describe feeling an increase in energy and alertness.

Amphetamines are used as a so-called ‘party drug’; however, Amphetamines are also used to treat disorders such as ADHD.

Furthermore, some users take Amphetamines in order to lose weight.  Sadly, when used for recreational purposes, Amphetamine addictions often arise.

Over time Amphetamine use leads to a powerful psychological and physical-based addiction. As users increase their consumption of Amphetamine, a tolerance to the drug arises.

This sees individual’s requiring a more substantial amount of drugs in order to achieve the desired ‘high’.

How Do Amphetamines Affect The Brain?

Just as many other drugs will alter the brain’s chemicals, Amphetamine use does too.  As and when the drug is consumed, Neurotransmitters within the brain are released.

Similar to Cocaine, Amphetamines prevent the neurotransmitters from returning to their natural home within the brain once released.

Regrettably, this causes a chemical imbalance to occur.  In turn, various short and long-term side effects are encountered.  In some instances, the side-effects experienced are irreversible.

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Our Amphetamine Addiction Treatment Programme

Our Amphetamine addiction treatment programmes are entirely bespoke to the individual’s needs and consider various factors to ensure that the addiction can be overcome.

Should you decide to contact us and secure treatment at our rehab, our team will conduct a pre-admission and an admission assessment to determine the severity of your addiction, the side-effects you experience and the impact your addiction has had on your physical and psychological well-being.

Upon determining these factors, our team will develop your Amphetamine addiction treatment programme.

Commencing Your Amphetamine Addiction Treatment Programme

Having settled into our residential rehab centre, you will commence your treatment programme. Typically, the first stage in our programmes consists of detoxification.

During detoxification, the Amphetamine content in your body is flushed from your bloodstream and brain. This essentially kick starts your recovery.

During detoxification, you will experience a number of withdrawal symptoms as your body and mind begin to stabilise.  However, this is entirely normal.

Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

As touched on above, it is normal for you to experience various withdrawal symptoms as you progress through detoxification.  Although the symptoms you experience will vary, we have provided a list of potential withdrawal symptoms below.

  •   Powerful cravings for the drug
  •   Hallucinations
  •   Suicidal thoughts
  •   Potential coma
  •   Loss of coordination
  •   Insomnia
  •   Fatigue
  •   Powerful seizures
  •   Raised heartbeat
  •   Acute psychosis
  •   Irritability
  •   Severe depression

Whilst most people experience these withdrawal symptoms, the exact withdrawal symptoms you suffer cannot be accurately predicted until Amphetamine detoxification is attempted.

Whilst some may experience little-to-none of the above symptoms, most will experience at least two or three of them. Please be aware that you will receive around-the-clock medical care and observation throughout your time in our rehab.

If you are struggling to cope with the withdrawal symptoms experienced, there are a number of prescription drugs such as Valium and Serax that can be offered to ease withdrawal symptoms.

What Happens After Detoxification?

Following Amphetamine detoxification, you will encounter rehabilitation.  As you commence the rehabilitation stage of your Amphetamine addiction treatment, you will participate in several therapy and counselling sessions.

The therapy and counselling you are provided with will depend on your psychological state.  However, it is not uncommon for you to experience Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, stress management and various well-being therapies.

Irrespective of the therapies you are offered, as you participate in one-to-one and group sessions, you will explore the factors that have caused your addiction to arise.  You will also come face-to-face with triggers that may cause you to relapse in the future.

Although this may leave you feeling somewhat uneasy, it is a vital part of your recovery.  As you uncover the causes of your addiction, you will have the opportunity to develop powerful coping strategies with our recovery team.  The coping strategies that you create will essentially help you to mitigate your risk of relapse.

Aftercare Support

As you complete the rehabilitation stage of your Amphetamine addiction treatment, your progress will be monitored by our medical professionals and recovery team.

When our team believes that you have made sufficient progress and are ready to return to your everyday life, they will ensure that you are equipped with aftercare support.

The aftercare support you are provided with will depend upon your recovery goals and your life at home.  However, we usually encourage those in recovery to attend our weekly catch-up sessions and addiction recovery groups such as Narcotics Anonymous.

Although you may not believe that you need to complete aftercare support, we cannot stress how important doing so is.

Individuals in recovery are much more likely to relapse within their first year of recovery when aftercare support is not sought.

Contact Us For Amphetamine Addiction Treatment

If you are struggling with an Amphetamine addiction, we would ask you to consider contacting us for Amphetamine addiction treatment as soon as possible.

Leaving your addiction untreated will gradually impair your physical and psychological health and reduce the overall quality of your life.

As and when you are ready to contact us, our team will be on the other end of the phone to offer you the support and guidance you need.

While we understand that discussing your addiction is daunting, we can assure you that our team will help you feel at ease.

To find out more about our Amphetamine addiction treatment, call us today on 01253 847 553.  Alternatively, request a call back here.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: December 22, 2023

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

Dr Adel Ghaly

    Dr Adel Ghaly - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: December 17, 2023

    MB BCh, Psychological Medicine (Substance Misuse Psychiatry) from 2002

    Dr Adel Ghaly is a registered Doctor who is a specialist psychiatrist. Dr Ghaly gained an MB BCh in 1982 from Assiut University and has since become a substance misuse specialist and psychiatrist. After gaining his qualification in Psychological Medicine (Substance Misuse Psychiatry) in 2002, Dr Ghaly has worked in hospitals and as a specialist trainer recognised by the GMC.