Dexedrine is one of the brand names of a psychostimulant drug called dextroamphetamine used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and it is also used to treat narcolepsy. Dexedrine is a central nervous system stimulant that has a number of physical and psychological side effects.
Dextroamphetamine has properties and effects similar to methamphetamine, but the drug is not as strong and neurotoxic as methamphetamine. Dexedrine contains dextroamphetamine which is a Schedule II controlled substance due to its high potential for physical and psychological dependence.
Dexedrine is a potentially addictive drug, and Dexedrine addiction often develops in those who use the drug illicitly or improperly per physician guidelines. Dexedrine use became popular in the 1960s when the drug was used as a prescription diet aid due to its hunger suppressant effects. Since then, the drug has not been prescribed as a diet aid, however illegal use of the drug has still been a regular occurrence and has led to higher rates of Dexedrine addiction.
The drug’s euphoria producing effects and strong psychostimulant effects such as increased alertness and increased energy are what lead to Dexedrine addiction. Dexedrine addiction can be successfully treated at a number of facilities that offer Dexedrine addiction rehab programs. Most drug rehab centers are capable of Dexedrine addiction treatment because of the prevalence of Dexedrine addiction and other forms of psychostimulant addiction.
Dexedrine Addiction Symptoms
Like other amphetamines, there are several physical and psychological Dexedrine side effects. Physical Dexedrine side effects include dry mouth, headache, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, liver toxicity, increased heart rate, sexual difficulties, increased blood pressure, diarrhea, blood shot eyes, fever, constipation, blurred vision, dizziness, twitching, numbness, insomnia, and dry or itchy skin. Severe Dexedrine side effects include coma, stroke, heart attack, and even death. These severe symptoms may also occur in cases of Dexedrine overdose.
Psychological Dexedrine side effects vary between each individual, however they are often more severe than many other addictive drugs. Psychological Dexedrine side effects include anxiety, euphoria, increased libido, focus, energy, concentration, self-esteem, sociability, irritability, increased confidence, psychosomatic disorders, feelings of power or invincibility, paranoia, obsessive behaviors, and more. Dexedrine addiction may result in high doses or prolonged usage of the drug, which may then result in amphetamine psychosis, a severe psychiatric disorder.
Dexedrine addiction should identified as quickly as possible for an addict to be treated due to the potential severity of many of the side effects of the drug and its high potential for long term addiction. Dexedrine addicts may attempt to receive multiple prescriptions from more than one doctor. They may obtain the drug through stealing or through illegal purchase from dealers as well. The presence of withdrawal symptoms in a person who cannot take Dexedrine for an extended period of time are a sure sign of Dexedrine addiction.
Dexedrine addiction withdrawal can be very symptomatic because of the addictive potential of the drug. Psychological Dexedrine side effects are more severe than many other addictive drugs, and as a result a patient may experience very potent psychological symptoms as they undergo withdrawal. Dexedrine withdrawal may include mental fatigue, depression, increased appetite, anxiety, agitation, excessive sleeping, vivid dreams, and suicidal thoughts.
In some cases of Dexedrine addiction withdrawal, psychosis is present, and patients may be in severe danger of causing harm to themselves others. Dexedrine side effects and withdrawal symptoms may last for days with those who use the drug occasionally and for chronic users withdrawal symptoms may continue on for months. Withdrawal symptoms may onset within 6 to 8 hours of the last intake of Dexedrine, and symptoms may peak within 48 to 72 hours.
Dexedrine side effects and withdrawal symptoms may continue on for several weeks, especially psychological symptoms which are often more of a challenge to treat than the physical symptoms. Psychological and physical Dexedrine side effects may both be treated with medications. Psychotherapy is often required for the severe psychological symptoms of withdrawal and Dexedrine addiction. Patients are treated with both long term and short term Dexedrine addiction withdrawal plans, and detoxification is one of the first steps of rehabilitation.
Dexedrine addiction and withdrawal is so symptomatic and potentially dangerous that there are very few cases in which a patient would be better suited to attempt detoxification at home. Dexedrine addiction detoxification is best performed at drug rehab centers that specialize in the treatment of Dexedrine side effects of withdrawal and other addiction symptoms. When patients attempt to treat their Dexedrine addiction at home, they may relapse, they make take larger doses of Dexedrine and overdose, or they may take other drugs in order to treat their withdrawal symptoms which may lead to harmful or fatal interactions.
Patients may experience a number of potentially severe psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms while undergoing Dexedrine addiction detoxification, however with the assistance of drug rehab centers, patients are provided immediate access to any treatments that they need. Patients are treated with supportive psychotherapy and counseling to treat their psychological symptoms.
There is also continual support provided and monitoring of patients so that they do not cause harm to themselves or others while undergoing detoxification. There are medications and other therapies that are used to reduce the severity of Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms. At drug rehab centers, patients are treated with compassion and the utmost care as they rehabilitate from their Dexedrine addiction, and all of their personal needs are provided for them.
Dexedrine Addiction Treatment
Dexedrine addiction treatment at drug rehab centers involves an initial consultation and treatment plan that is developed by medical doctors and addiction specialists. Dexedrine addiction is often treated with a multiple step approach that involves both a short term detoxification plan and a long term rehabilitation plan. Patients are treated with some of the latest clinically approved protocols for dextroamphetamine addiction treatment such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, the latest approved medications for symptoms, and other forms of group and individual psychotherapy.
Patients may attend workshops and group sessions that teach them how to cope with their addictions and how to avoid dependency on Dexedrine and other drugs. Psychological symptoms of Dexedrine addiction and withdrawal such as anxiety and other mental symptoms are treated by psychiatrists and licensed psychologists with both medication and psychotherapy. Pain and nausea medications may be used to treat the physical symptoms of Dexedrine addiction along with any other medications as indicated.
Programs are available for both inpatient and outpatient treatment, and the best recommended treatment program will be suggested by addiction specialists and doctors after an initial consultation. The patient’s unique individual needs are always considered when a treatment protocol is created, and the goal for the patient is long term health and total recovery from his or her Dexedrine addiction. Long term recovery is of the utmost priority at drug rehab centers, and there is almost always a plan for participation in outpatient support groups and treatment after initial treatment.