Stimulants are one of the most commonly abused class of drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found in their 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health that over 1.5 million people used cocaine, and over half a million used methamphetamine in the past month. These stats do not include the non-medical use of stimulant medications. Stimulant withdrawal can be incredibly uncomfortable without proper care, as the drug can wreak havoc on the mind and body. From amphetamine to cocaine, there are many stimulants out there which can be dangerous.
Most often, addiction does not happen all at once. Instead, it is a progression that takes place sometimes over years. This progression to addiction is a growing problem in American society, where illicit drug and marijuana use have been steadily rising in recent years (https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends). Of course not everyone who uses drugs will become addicted. But, according to USA Today nearly 1 in 7 Ameircans will struggle with substance addiction at some point in thier life. So, if addiction is such a problem, how exactly does it happen?
When people think of addiction, they will usually think of hard drugs, alcohol, and those living on the outer margins of society. The truth is, people can be addicted to more than just drugs and alcohol. Addiction can develop in anyone, at anytime, anywhere.
Some might not be familiar with inhalant abuse. It’s technically not considered a drug, but it’s a substance that people abuse and become addicted over time. Inhalants slow down the body’s functioning, causing numb feelings and euphoric highs. These feelings, however, last a brief amount of time. Therefore, users inhale substances repetitively to extend their high.
The struggle with amphetamines is the reality that some types are actually legal. People are aware of the dangers regarding illegal synthetic drugs, however, legal medications are also risky. There are many medications that are either amphetamines or contain amphetamine. Some of the drugs available in the US are banned in other countries due to high risks. These medications are prescribed by doctors and should be taken under careful supervision by a trained medical professional. These drugs can easily be abused, both intentionally and unintentionally. Being aware of these drugs and what they do can help us avoid misuse of amphetamines.