Amphetamines, levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine, are examples of stimulants. They are both physically and mentally addictive substances. When taken, they produce effects such as an energy boost, increased confidence, and greater focus. These effects are addictive for the mind and the body. An individual who is dependent on stimulants, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, or amphetamines, may experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can be dangerous and unpleasant, and individuals struggling with addiction should seek the help of an amphetamine detox program.
Withdrawal vs. Detox
Detox is typically the first step of recovery because it provides a safe space for the sustenance(s) being used to leave the body. During this time, the mind and body begin to heal. Anyone who stops using will go through this detox period and they may feel an array of emotions. However, when physical or psychological symptoms are brought on from the detox process, this is referred to as withdrawal. Those who go through detox do not necessarily experience withdrawal, but if the risk of withdrawal is present, then a detox program can help.
Stimulant Withdrawal Symptoms
Not all stimulants produce the exact same withdrawal symptoms, but possible symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal include:
- Jittery reactions
- Dulled senses
- Slowed speech
- Loss of interest in activities (anhedonia)
- Loss of interest in social activities.
- Slowed movements
- Slow heart rate
- Increased appetite
- Impaired memory
- Weight loss
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Body aches
- Unpleasant dreams
- Psychomotor retardation or agitation
Length of Detox
Depending on the presence or absence of withdrawal symptoms, detox may only take a few days. However, amphetamine detox typically lasts at least 7 days. For individuals with more severe symptoms, the detox process may extend for 14 days or more.
Withdrawal symptoms begin to develop within about 24 to 72 hours. The initial symptoms may include fatigue, body aches, and anxiety. These symptoms peak between days 3 and 5 and then begin to taper off. It is during this peak that more severe symptoms such as hallucinations will present. Over the next 5 or more days, most of the symptoms will subside, but cravings can intensify. Additionally, insomnia and depression are symptoms that may present for much longer. Any symptoms that present after 2 weeks may continue to be experienced for months with a gradual decline.
Dangers & Risks
One of the major risks of detox is the withdrawal symptoms themselves. Changes in heartbeat and breathing are dangerous, but it is the effects of depression that often worry caregivers the most. In severe cases, depression can cause thoughts of self-harm and suicide. This is one reason why the 24/7 observation of a detox program is highly beneficial for the stimulant withdrawal process.
Additionally, with withdrawal comes the risk of relapse. This will also be something that an individual who struggles with addiction will always have to be aware of.
Regardless of how severe the risks of detox are, the reality is that continued amphetamine abuse carries greater risks. The longer someone uses, the greater the risk of overdose, and the more difficult withdrawal will be.
Benefits of A Stimulant Detox Program
There are several benefits to detoxing from stimulants at a detox center. Some of the benefits include:
- 24/7 monitoring
- Access to medically-assisted detox
- Access to counselors and other addiction professionals
- A sober environment
- A decreased rate of relapse during detox
- Alternative therapies such as yoga and meditation
- Meals catered to support the detox process
Selecting A Detox Program
When selecting a detox program, there is a lot to consider. From location to the treatments offered, it is important to find a facility that matches the needs of the individual seeking treatment. Consider reviewing how to select a rehab, which closely aligns with selecting a detox program. However, one major factor to consider is whether medically-assisted detoxification is offered, and what medications are used.
Paying for Amphetamine Detox
When it comes to paying for a stimulant detox program, most major insurance providers are required to include some level of coverage. Our admissions team can easily verify your coverage and help you find a treatment center that is in-network. If medical insurance is not available, or there is a high deductible, there are alternative options such as scholarships and payment plans. Our team is happy to direct you to the resources to ensure those who need treatment have access to it.
Amphetamine Detox at Amethyst
At The Freedom Center, we encourage those struggling with moderate to severe amphetamine addiction to start their recovery journey with a stay at a detox facility. We help our clients get admitted to the detox program that best suits their needs and we ensure a smooth transition into our stimulant addiction treatment program. Our team will help you understand not just how to survive without stimulants, but how to thrive.