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How to Help a Dextroamphetamine Addict

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How to Approach an Addict

If someone in your life is struggling with an addiction to dextroamphetamine, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions, such as fear, concern, anger, and frustration. You may be willing to try anything to get them into treatment. Staging an intervention is often considered, but behaving in a confrontational, angry, or threatening manner can backfire by escalating the situation into an argument or even a violent confrontation. If you decide to have a drug addiction intervention, it can help to hire a trained professional to help arrange the meeting and treatment details, guide you through the process, and ensure positive and respectful communication.

Expressing your concerns and offering sincere support, assistance, and unconditional love may help your loved one reach the decision to quit using dextroamphetamine, especially if you acknowledge the brave and difficult challenge of seeking help for addiction. Rather than threatening your loved one, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests developing incentives to encourage him or her to see a professional, such as a doctor or therapist, who can motivate them further to enter treatment.

Community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT) is another technique that teaches family members skills to motivate an addict to willingly seek treatment (Dutcher et. al, 2009). Concerned significant others (CSOs) meet with a CRAFT therapist to learn ways to replace substance abuse-reinforcing behaviors (such as enabling) with abstinence-reinforcing behaviors.

CRAFT incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and methods that educate family members on how to:

  • Support a clean and sober lifestyle.
  • Influence their loved one to consider entering treatment.
  • Enhance their own lives, whether their loved one enters treatment or refuses.

This specific technique is designed to assist family members or loved ones of those who are resistant to entering treatment, and it has been shown to be very effective. The effectiveness of this technique is significantly improved when financial rewards (vouchers) are provided as a positive reinforcement for clean drug tests (Miller et. al, 1999)—this is part of a technique called contingency management.

Addiction doesn’t just affect the addicted. It also impacts their families and loved ones, who often feel helpless to stop the problem but obliged to deal with its ongoing consequences. If you love someone who is addicted to dextroamphetamine, there are resources you can utilize for support, including:

These resources can help you learn how to care for yourself, establish and maintain boundaries, and help your loved one stay sober.

Dextroamphetamine Addiction

Medications that include Dextroamphetamine—like Adderall and Dexedrine—produce pleasurable stimulant or “upper” effects that can reinforce continued abuse, such as:

  • Increased energy.
  • Heightened alertness.
  • Increased self-confidence and sociability.

Chronic misuse of dextroamphetamine increases the likelihood that tolerance will develop. This is because the brain and body become less sensitive to the effects of the substance over time and may require larger doses to experience the same effects or “high.” Individuals who begin taking increasingly more of the drug to overcome tolerance place themselves at high risk of dextroamphetamine addiction development.

Learn more about the effects of dextroamphetamine use.

What Are the Signs of Dextroamphetamine Addiction?

Abuse of and addiction to dextroamphetamine result in a number of mental and physical symptoms. These include:

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  • Dry mouth.
  • Hypertension.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Tremors.
  • Loss of appetite/weight loss.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Mood swings.
  • Feelings of paranoia.
  • Hallucinations
  • Erratic behavior.

Apart from the side effects, other indicators of a problem may include:

  • Changes in social groups.
  • Increased secretiveness.
  • Decreased performance at school or work.
  • Stealing to obtain money for the drug.
  • Chronically runny nose (if pills are crushed and snorted).
  • Track marks (in the case of injection use).

Dextroamphetamine Addiction Treatment

Dextroamphetamine addiction involves a withdrawal syndrome that can include depression, psychosis, and unpredictable or dangerous behaviors. Individuals who’ve developed an addiction to this stimulant often return to using it to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. Due to the associated withdrawal, the process of expelling a stimulant from the body can be unpleasant enough to trigger relapse. Many prefer to get clean in a supervised detoxification program before beginning a full course of addiction treatment.

Additional addiction treatment can fall into various categories. Inpatient-based treatment lengths vary, but many programs encourage at least a 28- or 30- day (1 month) stay. Inpatient or residential recovery programs incorporate the therapeutic elements of individual counseling, group counseling, education, and skill development. Self-help meetings, vocational support, family therapy, and stress management may also be included in treatment.

Outpatient treatment provides therapy sessions in both individual and group settings, along with the development of relapse prevention techniques. Outpatient programs afford participants the flexibility to remain living at home while undergoing substance abuse therapy. However, this flexibility may be less desirable for those with relatively severe addictions because they do not remove the addicted individual from his or her normal, potentially triggering environment. Outpatient programs may be recommended for those with strong home support networks and less severe substance abuse histories or, in some cases, utilized as part of a step-down level of care after inpatient treatment.

Self-help groups can also be an important part of recovery, providing a strong network of sober support and a program to follow based on three main concepts: acceptance, surrender, and active involvement.

Find Addiction Treatment Programs

Treatment can start anyone battling substance misuse 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. If you or a loved one is dealing with dextroamphetamine abuse or addiction and you would like to learn more about getting help or entering treatment, please call our 24-hour helpline free at . You can also check your insurance coverage to determine whether your health insurance provider will cover addiction treatment.

There are also free drug abuse hotline numbers you can contact.

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