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How to Help Someone With Desoxyn Addiction

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You may be surprised to learn that Desoxyn is actually methamphetamine. It is the only remaining marketed pharmaceutical containing methamphetamine.1

Stimulant abuse is a major problem in the U.S. More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. admitted to using stimulants like methamphetamine in the last month.4


How Can I Get Someone I Love to Accept Help?

If you worry that someone close to you is one of the 1.6 million people abusing a stimulant, proceed compassionately but carefully. You are unlikely to help if you are overly confrontational or react strongly without a plan.

Learn About Stimulant Abuse

People abusing Desoxyn may refer to it in street terms like:1

  • Meth.
  • Crank.
  • Speed.

You will fare better in attempting to positively approach a loved one if you do so from an educated standpoint.

You can explore information related to Desoxyn abuse and stimulant abuse in general to gain a better understanding of the larger issue and how your loved one is affected. First, note that your loved one may also be abusing methamphetamine that is illicitly manufactured, which may produce more intense and unpredictable effects than Desoxyn itself.4 They may also use other prescription stimulants, such as Adderall, or illicit drugs like cocaine in place of Desoxyn when it is not available, giving rise to additional symptoms.

You’ll also need to understand a general picture of substance abuse and addiction so that you have appropriate expectations. If you expect your loved one to quit immediately because you ask them to, you likely will be disappointed. Drug abuse can change the brain of the user over time, impair self-control, and make quitting without help an extremely challenging prospect.5

Practice communication. Now is the time to approach your loved one. To do so, come from a position of love, support, and encouragement to increase your chances of success. Be aware that your loved one may not be honest with you because of the shame, fear, anger, and denial associated with their drug use.

During your communication:6

  • Stay calm and patient. Being angry or judgmental will lead to defensiveness from your loved one.
  • Ask many questions to help elicit your loved one’s own feelings about their substance use.
  • Establish your role as an aid and teammate to encourage honesty.
  • Remind your loved one that you care about them a great deal and emphasize their strengths and positive traits.
  • Consistently state your view that professional addiction treatment is needed to manage substance abuse.
  • Discuss what you want them to do, how you are willing to help, and what limits will be set if they choose not to get help.

If you need help communicating with your loved one in a positive way, there are avenues you can take to learn the skills to help motivate your loved one to find addiction treatment while also getting support for yourself. These include:

  • Community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT)—Specialized training that helps loved ones to identify issues that contribute to substance use, learn to communicate effectively, and learn to take care of themselves.7
  • Familial therapy—Therapy that involves close loved ones to heal the whole family unit and increase the chances of sustained recovery.
  • Types of support groups for loved ones of addicts (e.g. Al-Anon)—A supportive environment of people who have faced similar struggles in watching loved ones fight addiction.

What Can I Expect During Desoxyn Abuse Treatment?

The most intense use of Desoxyn could require inpatient detoxification services to manage symptoms of stimulant withdrawal, which can include:8

  • Extreme depression with potential for suicidality.
  • Anger and aggression with risk for violence.

When the drug has been cleared from the body, the focus moves from managing withdrawal to treating the issues behind the addiction. Therapeutic approaches may include one or more of the following:8,9,10

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—A therapeutic style that links connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to understand and prevent substance use.
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)—An approach that builds the addict’s desire to change and commit to actions that match their goals.
  • Contingency management (CM)—A treatment style that rewards and reinforces many behaviors related to recovery to build a strong association between abstaining from drugs and positive feelings.
people in group therapy session

The Matrix Model is a treatment designed exclusively for people abusing stimulants like methamphetamine, with encouraging rates of success. With the goal of building self-esteem and dignity, this model utilizes techniques from other treatments, including elements of:10


How Addictive Is Desoxyn?

Desoxyn is essentially methamphetamine, which is notoriously addictive. The drug’s abuse potential is well known, yet with its recognized, albeit limited therapeutic uses, the medication is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance.

Desoxyn’s addictive potential is linked to the drug’s effects on the brain. When consumed, both this drug and other stimulants trigger an increased release of neurotransmitters, including dopamine. The release of excess dopamine creates rewarding feelings that, over time, prompt the user to prioritize drug use over other activities, even as negative consequences mount.1,2,3

What Are the Signs of Desoxyn Addiction?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2014, of the 1.6 million people who admitted to previous month stimulant abuse, about 570,000 were abusing methamphetamine.

If you’re worried about someone you love, first check for signs of Desoxyn intoxication. These typically include:1,8

  • Increased energy.
  • Increased alertness.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Euphoria.
  • Higher body temperature.

As use increases due to tolerance, people may show additional signs of abuse, like:1,8

The person may show new or worsening signs of mental health disorders like manic symptoms associated with bipolar disorder, depression, and psychosis.8

Am I Addicted to Desoxyn?

Acknowledging your addiction can be much more complex than seeing a problem in another person, especially if you are prescribed the medication. However, certain signs can help you determine whether you have a problem.

You may be addicted to Desoxyn if you:5

  • Take more of the substance than prescribed or in ways other than intended.
  • Have made unsuccessful attempts to end use.
  • Spend a lot of time, energy, and money trying to acquire and use Desoxyn.
  • Experience more conflict with people in your life because of your drug use.
  • Struggle to complete your responsibilities at home or work.
  • Do not feel well if you miss a dose or are without the drug.


Find Desoxyn Addiction Treatment

Addiction to methamphetamine can have severe and even fatal consequences. If you or someone you know needs help, it is time to take action. Professional treatment can start anyone battling addiction on the path to a happier and healthier life. Rehab programs are located throughout the U.S., and many offer specialized treatment that can cater to individual needs. You can use SAMHSA’s Behavioral Services Locator to search for rehab centers. Many state government websites will also provide local drug and alcohol resources to those in need. To find your state government’s website, do a web search for your state name and ‘.gov.’ Once your state website is located, substance use resources shouldn’t be hard to find, and they should provide further phone contacts for your assistance.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) is a leading provider of addiction treatment programs and has trusted rehab facilities across the country. Please call us free at to learn more about rehab programs and treatment options with AAC.

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Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. During his medical studies, Dr. Thomas saw firsthand the multitude of lives impacted by struggles with substance abuse and addiction, motivating him to seek a clinical psychiatry preceptorship at the San Diego VA Hospital’s Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program. In his post-graduate clinical work, Dr. Thomas later applied the tenets he learned to help guide his therapeutic approach with many patients in need of substance treatment. In his current capacity as Senior Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Dr. Thomas, works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.
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