Amphetamines are a class of highly powerful and addictive stimulant drugs which can be purchased either in the form of illicit drugs or pharmaceutical medications. Methamphetamine is the most infamous drug of its kind, an illicit substance sold in its smokeable crystal form, and is known to leave chaos and destruction in the lives of those who abuse it. There are also pharmaceutical cousins to this drug which have proven to be just as dangerous, however are often overlooked and abused with much less of the stigma and shame brought on by crystal meth. Common medications in this class are Vyvanse, Adderall, Ritalin, and concerta.

How can these pills be as dangerous as crystal meth?

Many of the withdrawal symptoms and side effects associated with these medications are very much the same as those caused by methamphetamine. However, the effectiveness of these drugs in increasing productivity amongst students and members of the workforce often make the drawbacks appear worth it for a short while, until later stages of addiction when the effects are overwhelming and difficult to handle. Our goal is not only to get people help who’ve hit their bottom, but also to inform people of the dangers associated with addiction and give people the skills necessary to stop using before it becomes a life threatening condition. If you or a loved one are unsure whether or not amphetamine use is a problem in your life, or have any questions regarding addiction in general, please call one of our treatment specialists at (844) 364-4445 for a free consultation.

Warning Signs of Amphetamine Abuse

  • Reduction of inhibitions
  • Paranoia
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Apathy towards social situations and financial responsibilities
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased energy
  • Irritability
  • Unpredictable actions
  • Increase in body temperature, sweating
  • Shakiness
  • An overall ill appearance (pale, weight loss, bags under eyes, etc.)
  • Grinding teeth
  • Scratching

Slang Terms Commonly Associated With Amphetamines

  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Crank
  • Ice
  • Tina
  • Uppers
  • Tweak
  • Speed