As a class of drugs, amphetamines actually started out with legitimate medical uses in the early part of the 20th century. Since then, we have seen a gradual increase in amphetamines misuse to the point of significant addiction. Amphetamines are now classified as prescription-only drugs, even though that has not always been the case. Are you concerned that you or someone close to you is addicted to amphetamines? If so, help is at hand.

Amphetamines were first introduced for medicinal purposes in the 1930s despite having been discovered during the 1800s. What doctors found most appealing about amphetamines are their stimulating effects. Believe it or not, British military forces were given amphetamines during the second world war to relieve battle fatigue. One of the unintended consequences of this decision was that it led to addiction among some soldiers and eventually created the recreational market of the late 1950s and early 60s. Amphetamines are drugs classified as synthetic stimulants. On the streets, amphetamines are generally known as ‘speed’. Derivatives include amphetamine sulphate, dexedrine and dexamphetamine. Amphetamines can be swallowed as pills or injected directly into the bloodstream.

Recognising regular amphetamine use may be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. Rest assured there are very definite signs that, when recognised, could indicate a person is at least abusing amphetamines – if not already addicted. With regular, excessive use of amphetamines comes more specific physical symptoms including headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, poor co-ordination, and irregular breathing and heartbeat. You should understand that amphetamines take a terrible toll on the body by directly affecting heart rate, blood pressure and the immune system.

Most importantly, combining amphetamines with alcohol or anti-depressants can be fatal. If you or someone you love is struggling with amphetamines right now, the first step in the treatment process is to assess the seriousness of the problem. Treatment for amphetamines addiction begins with detox in a medically supervised environment. The withdrawal symptoms related to amphetamines use can be severe to the point of creating a dangerous situation.