Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant. Its molecular structure represents what's known as an enantiomer, or mirror image, of the substance amphetamine. It is available by prescription in the U.S. to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.1 Occasionally, it has been prescribed for off-label management of a diverse set of medical issues, including orthopedic pain, obesity and Alzheimer disease.
When used according to prescription doses, dextroamphetamine can be a safe, therapeutic medication. Unfortunately, its sought-after stimulant effects have led to the rise of an illicit market that is fueled in part by widespread prescription diversion. Dextroamphetamine can stave off fatigue and sleep, decrease appetite, and increase energy and alertness. College students may consider it a 'study drug'. Others may abuse it for weight control. No matter the motivation, dextroamphetamine abuse can have serious medical consequences.
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Is Dextroamphetamine Addictive?
Dextroamphetamine users are at high risk for developing chemical dependency and, eventually, stimulant addiction. This is especially true if the drug is used outside of prescribed parameters, either in excessive doses or with increased frequency. Abuse of this drug can lead to physical and psychological dependence. A person who abuses dextroamphetamine may find that they need more and more of the drug to achieve the same desired effects. This is known as tolerance, and it is a building block for addiction.
When abused, dextroamphetamine can have a number of risky side effects:1
- Dry mouth.
- Body shakes.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Gastrointestinal disturbances.
- Loss of appetite.
- Racing heartbeat.
- Mood changes.
- Aggressive behavior.
- Heart attack.
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Choosing the Right Rehabilitation Center
Selecting a rehab center that fits your needs is an important early step toward recovery. Your addiction treatment team should be familiar with the dynamics of dextroamphetamine or other stimulant addiction.
Treatment programs can vary greatly in setting, location, amenities, staffing, provider experience and training, clientele, length of stay, cost, and options for financing your treatment. Finding the right center can improve the treatment process.
Medical Services: The medical care provided by a treatment center should be prepared to manage those conditions seen occurring in conjunction with stimulant abuse- cardiovascular issues, for example. Psychological support services should also recognize the struggles particular to dextroamphetamine abuse, including the potential for a profound depression in the wake of stimulant withdrawal.
Costs and Financing: Costs can vary widely across treatment centers. Some factors that affect cost include whether the center is privately run or receives public funding, what amenities are offered to patients, as well as the recommended treatment duration. Some recovery centers will offer financing options to help patients afford their treatment over time, and many accept insurance.
Plan Stages of Treatment for Optimal Success
Treatment for dextroamphetamine addiction should evolve as a person progresses in recovery. The beginning of treatment will involve detox and withdrawal, which can be an uncomfortable experience.
After detox, therapy and counseling begin. Once a patient completes their treatment plan and feels comfortable returning to day-to-day living, aftercare services will help the person maintain abstinence .
In treatment, a recovering dextroamphetamine abuser may find:
Medical and psychological support.
Therapies to address behavioral and psychological components of addiction and the recovery process.
Services that include family or loved ones.
Coping strategies for cravings, triggers and overall stress management.
Relapse prevention planning.
Successful transition back into the community.
Outpatient support services after rehab.
Community self-help support groups.
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. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Medline Plus. (2010). Dextroamphetamine. Available at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a605027.html