Amphetamines are a commonly abused drug because of the effects produced by the substance. Those who take the drug do so because it allows them to stay awake for hours at a time and they feel euphoric and happy at the same time. Another side effect that some enjoy is the fact that amphetamines result in loss of appetite. Some people have been known to take the drug in order to lose weight. However, amphetamines are highly addictive and also cause a number of other health issues. One of the most severe problems caused by amphetamines is acute psychosis. Amphetamine psychosis recovery is something we deal with all the time here at Recovery.org.uk.
Amphetamines were originally used for the treatment of sleep disorders and obesity but because of the many side effects, their use in the medical world has declined. Nevertheless, they are still used as a party drug, which has led to many individuals developing addictions that are accompanied by many health and lifestyle problems.
Long-term abuse of amphetamines can damage the heart. Stimulant drugs increase both breathing rate and heartbeat, and over time this can result in cardiac problems, including stroke and heart attacks. Those who take the drug also find that their immune system is negatively affected, meaning they are more likely to develop infections and feel unwell.
Amphetamines also affect the brain and can lead to permanent damage, possibly resulting in memory problems. However, by far the most destructive side effect of amphetamine addiction is mental health problems such as depression and psychosis.
Acute amphetamine psychosis develops as a direct result of amphetamine abuse, and this condition causes the individual to lose touch with reality. Stimulants such as amphetamines increase psychomotor activity and energy, but in high doses can have an adverse effect on the mental health of the individual.
Those who develop acute amphetamine psychosis will most likely experience hallucinations and delusions. Auditory hallucinations mean hearing sounds or voices that are not there; visual hallucinations will mean the person sees things that are not actually there, such as bugs or animals. Persecutory delusions are also a common symptom of amphetamine psychosis, and this causes the individual to believe that others are ‘out to get them’.
Another symptom of amphetamine psychosis is extreme agitation, which tends to be due to the excess energy the drug produces.
Since psychosis is a common side effect of amphetamine addiction, we receive many enquiries about amphetamine psychosis recovery and how to access it. The good news is that acute amphetamine psychosis is not usually long lasting, and with the right help and support, you can recover.
The length of time for recovery from amphetamine psychosis will depend on the individual in question. For some it may take a matter of days, others may take a week, and some may need a month or two before their psychosis has healed.
Amphetamine psychosis recovery will begin with detoxification from the drug. This should be carried out under the supervision of a medical professional. Here at Recovery.org.uk, we can help you to find the most suitable detox facility based on your circumstances and needs. We work with many organisations around the UK and overseas, many of which have extensive experience and knowledge of amphetamine addiction. These will be in a position to help you when it comes to amphetamine psychosis recovery.
Amphetamine addiction is a progressive illness in the same way that all addictions progress with time. Failure to get treatment will see the illness worsen to the point where it may spiral out of control. It is essential for those with this type of addiction to seek help as soon as possible because failure to do so could impact on amphetamine psychosis recovery.
While most cases of amphetamine psychosis disappear after two months of abstinence, there are incidences where abusers of the drug never fully recover. The longer a person has been abusing the substance, the higher their risk of being affected by amphetamine psychosis for the rest of their lives.
Those who continue to abuse the drug despite being affected by psychosis could experience permanent changes to the brain, which can mean that psychosis recovery is less likely.
Amphetamine addiction is an illness that typically requires professional treatment. Although there may be some people who can quit by themselves, these cases are rare. Quitting the drug is just the first part of the process. It is necessary to learn how to live without it and to recognise the triggers and cues that may cause a return to drug use.
With the help of professional counsellors and therapists, it is possible to overcome an amphetamine addiction. Treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, 12-step work, contingency management, and therapy sessions on a one-to-one or group basis will all help patients who are struggling with this type of addiction.
Here at Recovery.org.uk, we can help addicts and their families by providing them with information about their illness and by helping them to access treatments. We offer a free service to clients, which includes a comprehensive assessment and referral to a suitable provider.
We take many factors into consideration when making a recommendation, including a person’s history of drug abuse, his or her general health, personal commitments, and budget. We understand that while residential treatment may be the preferred option for most people, it is not always the most suitable one.
We work with organisations including charities, local support groups and the NHS to ensure that everyone who needs treatment for addiction can access it, regardless of their financial situation. Our goal is to get as many people into treatment as possible. We have already helped countless individuals on their journey’s to sobriety, and we can help you too.
If you have been affected by amphetamine addiction or require more information about amphetamine psychosis recovery, contact Recovery.org.uk today. Our dedicated helpline is available 24 hours a day, and we are here to help in any way we can; even if you just need someone to talk to.