Amphetamine Facts


Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamines are a category of drugs that include pharmaceuticals like dextroamphetamine, Benzedrine, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, dextrostat, desoxyn, ProCentra, and Vyvanse. These drugs were originally developed to treat narcolepsy (Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder where a person cannot stay awake in spite of his intentions and regardless of the fact that he may have slept twenty or more hours in the last day), asthma and hyperactivity, especially in pre-adolescent children.

The pharmaceutical researchers became interested in using amphetamines for the treatment of asthma after learning that Chinese Medicine had Ephedra vulgaris, the root chemical of all amphetamines, for the treatment of asthma for many centuries.

The name amphetamine is derived from the chemical name alpha-methylphenethylamine. There is wide confusion as to the differences between amphetamines and methamphetamines, such as crystal meth, ice or glass. Some propaganda or false information stating that methamphetamines are addictive and amphetamines are not addictive. The only difference in these two categories of drugs is in their strength or potency. They both produce the same physical outcome and they are both very addictive. The methyl version makes the amphetamine stronger with more rapid onset, therefore, it may be psychologically more addictive by nature of the emphatic rush that is associated with meth, but, other than its strength, they are both very similar in the addictive potential and their effects.

Following drug abuse trends shows that amphetamines and amphetamine-related designer drugs have become an ever-increasing problem. These designer drugs change the basic amphetamine and methamphetamine molecule to make MDA, MDMA or ecstasy and other designer drugs that stimulate the brain chemistry in a similar way to the original amphetamines. Amphetamines and all of its derivatives are toxic to our bodies chemically and their effects are toxic to our emotional health.

The predominant clinical product of amphetamines is wakefulness and a decrease of fatigue and appetite. These drugs are categorized as controlled substances since they have a wide appeal as performance enhancers and are used recreationally to heighten sexual experience. The street names vary from region to region, but generically, amphetamines are referred to as "speed". Amphetamines that are sold on the street are usually diluted pharmaceuticals with an average of 10% of the active compound.

It should be kept in mind that all legally produced pharmaceutical must be approved by the U.S. Government's Food and Drug Administration as a medicine to treat specific medical problems. Therefore, you will find that specific amphetamines will be classified as drugs to treat morbid obesity and other identified maladies. One should not assume that these drugs are the only types of cures for these problems or to assume that if the FDA is approving the manufacturing of the drug, then it must be safe. It should be kept in mind that pharmaceutical research is motivated by the hopes that there will be a drug that will help cure an illness so that they can recoup their research expense, but these companies are for-profit endeavors whose stockholders are expecting profits, so they may promote their drug to solve some of life's problems, when in fact, it is sometimes only solving the profit problem for the company, which is their ultimate purpose.

Research documentation to support the manufacture and sale of a drug isn't designed for any other purpose but to get approval for their drug. This approval doesn't speak to whether it is wise that someone takes these drugs for these symptoms, but it does say that there is some evidence that a drug changed the presenting symptoms to what appears to be a benefit to the patient. One must also examine the other affects that these and other drugs have on one's total physical and emotional health. Us of amphetamines is highly addictive and even if it seems to better the symptoms of a medical problem, the cost of then having an addiction may be far higher than one's original complaint.

Most drugs that have street value are mentally and spiritually damaging to the user. The long-term cost of being addicted to amphetamines far outweighs any short-term benefit that can be gained from how the drug may originally relieve some symptoms associated with a mental or physical problem.

Very few people have narcolepsy, or the inability to say awake or alert. These individuals may need to have a drug that will stimulate different hormones that will bring them to a normal metabolism and keep them from sleeping through the times when they should be productive.

However, many people are lured to the idea of having enhanced energy and a feeling of excitement and enthusiasm, even if amphetamines induce it artificially. They are convinced that they would like to ignore their natural tiredness and need for normal sleep. Without understand the ramifications and damage that come from using amphetamines to overpower these natural instincts and needs, they foolishly abuse their bodies and their emotions by taking these drugs.

Once they have pushed their bodies far beyond its natural pattern of rest, they will ultimately be forced to "crash" to make up for the lost sleep and the over-extension of energy from the drug's hormone stimulation. Our bodies are "wired" to seek equilibrium of energy intake, food and air, and necessary sleep. All of these are necessary so that the body can repair the cells that are damaged from our waking activities and the metabolism of our foods. To push beyond these natural controls causes the body to be in stress and produces other health problems, many times as severe as cancer or an emotional break with reality.

Amphetamine Rehabilitation

Much of the natural cleansing and repair of the body happens when we are asleep. This cycle of being alert, awake and active combined with good nutrition and sleep is essential elements that promote longevity and a healthy body and mind. To "run our bodies on jet fuel" will cause immediate and long-term problems that are difficult to repair and will lead to more illness and, perhaps, shorter lives.

The basic understanding of the body's needs is essential information in helping to deter the propaganda that amphetamines can be used to enhance one's normal performance. Our current trend is to find substances that push us beyond our natural levels of energy. Hence the use of energy drinks that contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants and the sale of amphetamines to push us past or normal levels of energy. These are very dangerous trends and the long-term outcomes from these behaviors will undoubtedly be more illness and shorter lives.

Contact a Narconon drug rehabilitation counselor immediately if you know someone who is addicted to amphetamine.

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