Amphetamine Addiction Help And Treatment In New Jersey

Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulants such as amphetamines and methylphenidate can speed up the body’s systems and can be legally prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
Amphetamines are generally taken orally, but can also be injected, snorted or smoked. Raising the levels of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, an increase in dosage typically produces a euphoric effect. When taken excessively or for purposes other than prescribed, amphetamines have the potential to be habit-forming, leading to drug dependency and addiction.
Chronic abusers of amphetamines may experience:

  • Malnourishment
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions

Since amphetamines speed up a person’s heart rate and breathing, an overdose can result in heart failure and even death. 

What Are Common Names For Amphetamine?

Various street names are used to describe amphetamines, including Bennies, Black Mollies, amped, speed, uppers and pick me ups. If someone you know refers to amphetamines by a street name, it may be an indication of illicit drug abuse, and you should promptly seek help. 
While amphetamines are often used illegally, many are prescribed to treat attention-deficit and sleep disorders. Here’s a list of FDA-approved amphetamines:

  • Adderall and Adderall XR (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)
  • Desoxyn (methamphetamine hydrochloride)
  • Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)  
  • Dyanavel XR (amphetamine)
  • Ritalin, Ritalin LA or Ritalin SR (methylphenidate hydrochloride)
  • Concerta (methylphenidate extended-release)
  • Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate- related to dextroamphetamine)

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Amphetamine Abuse?

Amphetamines remain in the central nervous system for extended periods of time, producing prolonged stimulant effects. If you, a friend or a family member is experiencing auditory and visual hallucinations, violent or erratic behavior, picking at the skin, paranoia, decreased fatigue and appetite and increased energy and alertness, it may be a sign of amphetamine abuse.
Other signs and symptoms include increased body temperature, euphoria, increased blood pressure, dry mouth, irregular heartbeat, nausea, headache, chest pain and blurred vision. If you live in New Jersey, remember – addiction help is within reach.

Where In NJ Can I Receive Help And Support For An Amphetamine Addiction?

Treatment for amphetamine addiction generally consists of detoxification and behavioral therapy. Through love and support from peers and friends, those afflicted with amphetamine addiction can begin the road to recovery. Consult ReachNJ’s resource guide to find a NJ licensed addiction treatment center close to you.
If you or someone you know is in need of emergency help, call or text 9-1-1 immediately. By contacting 911 to save a life, you can receive immunity from arrest through the Good Samaritan Act.
For other addiction-related services, chat with us online or call 1-844-ReachNJ (1-844-732-2465). Open 24/7, this helpline will connect you with the resources you need to help yourself, a friend or a family member suffering with amphetamine addiction.