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Amphetamine Rehab Centers – How do They Work? Are They Effective?

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Amphetamine is a CNS stimulant that doctors commonly prescribe to people suffering from one of many disorders like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Narcolepsy, and breathing problems. In rare cases, people also use Amphetamine in weight loss process.
Numerous research in the 1970s revealed that Amphetamine is a highly abusive substance. Furthermore, it comes with severe side effects. The first step towards full-blown addiction is tolerance.

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First, tolerance occurs when a person’s system develops a dependency on the drug. Then, the brain becomes unable to function normally without it. After, the user slowly increases the dose. Consequently, this leads to physical and mental addiction. If some of the following amphetamine addiction symptoms are noticed, one should consider signing into a rehab center:

  • Euphoria
  • High blood pressure
  • High heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite loss
  • Fast breathing
  • Dry mouth
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Inpatient Amphetamine Rehab Centers

They designed the inpatient rehab centers to cater to the Amphetamine addict’s physical and emotional needs. This carries on while the rehabilitation process lasts.
During the rehab process, patients can not leave the premises without proper permission. Inpatient care usually lasts between 45 to 120 days. This is dependent on the severity of the addiction.

Furthermore, inpatient amphetamine rehab centers offer their clients medical supervision 24 hours a day. They provide users with a secure and distraction-free environment.

As a result, they can take their mind off the drug and focus on their rehabilitation. Notably, many inpatient rehab facilities offer private rooms, chef services, gyms and much more.

Initial Interview

On the onset of the amphetamine rehab process, the medical personnel conducts an interview with the client. This is a necessary measure which needs to happen. Therefore, the professionals get all the information they need for the impending treatment.
Some of the questions users will need to answer are in correlation with the specific drugs they used. They include how much, for how long, and whether or not they have mixed it with other drugs.
Furthermore, they will need to express whether they have experienced withdrawal symptoms.  In addition, if they suffer from any chronic or mental illness.


After the initial interview, the next step is Amphetamine detox. Detox is one of the hardest phases of the amphetamine rehab process. It affects the user’s body and mind at the same time. This is due to severe amphetamine withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Hypersomnia
  • Stomach pains
  • Coordination problems
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Arrhythmia
  • High heart rate
  • Cardiovascular problems such as cardiac arrest
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Drug craving behavior
  • Aggression
  • Hypersensitivity to light and sound
  • Hostility
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Suicidal thoughts and attempts

In most cases, withdrawal symptoms last from 2 to 10 days. However, some psychological issues can persist for months. During the withdrawal period, constant medical supervision is of great importance.
Most amphetamine rehab centers have the equipment to keep track of vital signs. They include temperature, blood pressure, heartbeat, and breathing. The staff may use medications to reduce unpleasant symptoms if they need it.


They base counseling mostly on interpersonal therapy, behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. The focus of every strategy on the list is on revealing unresolved issues one carries. These are those which might have led to the addiction.

The main goal is to help the patient find new and healthy ways of dealing with everyday problems. In addition, the staff will teach them how to deal with stressful situations, and resolve emotional issues.

If a person is feeling comfortable with sharing, they can attend group counseling sessions. Another option is family therapy. They base this on creating a supportive home environment for the patient.

Outpatient Amphetamine Rehab Centers

When it comes to outpatient rehab centers, they’ll require patients to visit the center a few times a week. These types of facilities offer a supportive environment without Amphetamine detox services. The greatest perk of an outpatient facility is that it does not disrupt one’s everyday routine.
The downside is that patients stay at their own home. As a result, the user may easily fall back into their old harmful routine.
Outpatient amphetamine rehab centers offer group or individual counseling, family therapy, behavioral therapy. This is similar to inpatient centers. Needless to say, all treatment information are confidential. Therefore, they do their best to protect the patient’s privacy.

How Long Does The Amphetamine Rehabilitation Last?

Amphetamine rehab is a long-term process. Inpatient rehab can last from forty-five to ninety days. In some cases, it can even last one hundred and twenty days. The treatment continues even after one leaves the center. Ex-addicts may have to face struggles of psychological nature. For example, it can be the urge to revert to Amphetamine. This type of temptation can last for years.

Paying Methods For Amphetamine Rehabilitation

If a patient has health insurance, it may cover the rehabilitation costs partly or completely. Make sure to ask before signing into a rehab facility. Find out what services do a health insurance cover. Most rehab centers accept credit cards, checks, and even cash.

Life After Amphetamine Rehab

After one leaves the rehab facility they have a few options. First, they can join a sober living facility. On the other hand, they can continue with counseling and family therapy.
The person will have to apply what they learned during their stay at the center in real life situations. That will be the hardest part. They will have to deal with problems and stressful situations in new and healthy ways. Amphetamine is no longer an option. Another great challenge for an ex-addict is to manage to resist possible drug cravings and avoid relapse.
If relapse occurs, the best solution is to start the rehab process from the beginning. There should be no shame in failure. They train the rehab staff not to cast judgment. Ultimately, the patient can learn from previous failures. This way, progress doesn’t seem so difficult.

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Medically Reviewed By Michael Espelin APRN
Isaak Stotts

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Isaak Stotts, LP

Isaak Stotts is an in-house medical writer in AddictionResource. Isaak learned addiction psychology at Aspen University and got a Master's Degree in Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. After graduation, he became a substance abuse counselor, providing individual, group, and family counseling for those who strive to achieve and maintain sobriety and recovery goals.


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