Dexedrine is the brand name for dextroamphetamine and is prescribed on the NHS to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and sleeping disorders such as Narcolepsy.
Dexedrine is classed as a ‘central nervous system’ (CNS) stimulant and is known as a ‘prescription amphetamine’. Dexedrine works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain, in particular increasing the production of the brain’s ‘feel good’ hormone known as ‘dopamine’. In turn, dopamine makes users feel more alert and energetic.
Dexedrine can help increase your ability to pay attention, control any behavioural problems, and stay focused on an activity. It also has the potential to help you become more efficient by organising your tasks whilst improving your listening skills.
Although Dexedrine is prescribed in tablet form, chronic users often consume the drug intravenously (injecting) or intranasally (snorting). Injecting or snorting Dexedrine means users experience a sense of ‘euphoria’ akin to that experienced during cocaine or methamphetamine abuse.
There are some nasty side effects which come with this drug. These could include nausea, stomach upset, cramps, dry mouth, dizziness, sweating, trouble sleeping, or weight loss.
It’s vital that you inform your doctor straight away if you have any serious side effects such as uncontrolled movements, signs of blood flow problems in fingers or toes like coldness or numbness, aggression, hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, trouble speaking, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, fainting, seizures, or blurred vision.
If you’re using Dexedrine outside of your prescribed amount, overdose is possible. Users first slur their speech, followed by nausea, vomiting, fatigue and then coma. In the absence of immediate medical attention users who overdose on Dexedrine may die. The risk of death is increased if users combine Dexedrine with other drugs such as alcohol.
Studies have shown that the use of amphetamines decreased among both 16 to 59 and 16- to 24-year-olds. For those aged 16 to 59, prevalence of amphetamine usage such as Dexedrine, has followed a general downward trend since a high of 3.3% in 1996, to 0.6% in 2018/19.
The use of amphetamines followed a similar trend for those aged 16 to 24, falling from a high of 11.7% in 1996 to 1.0% in 2018/19 (according to Drug misuse: findings from the 2018 to 2019 CSEW, p8).
About our Dexedrine Rehab Programme
Once someone’s brain has become dependent on Dexedrine, it can be very difficult to rewire it to stop using the drug. Even if the person who is suffering from a Dexedrine addiction may be aware their problem, but are unable to stop snorting Dexedrine, therefore continue to put their health at high risk of many awful conditions.
Our Dexedrine rehabilitation programme takes place in residential settings. This means Dexedrine addicts move into our centre for 28 days. A team of medical professionals provide round-the-clock support. Painful withdrawal symptoms associated with Dexedrine addiction are monitored throughout. Prescription medications may be offered to ease these symptoms.
Dexedrine Withdrawal Symptoms
As with most excessive drug use, if you suddenly stop using Dexedrine, you’re likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. Common withdrawal symptoms associated with Dexedrine withdrawal include:
- Heightened blood pressure
- Heightened heartbeat
- Severe tiredness
- Sleep problems
- Mood swings
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Nightmares and hallucinations
Withdrawal symptoms arise within 4-8 hours after Dexedrine was last consumed. Withdrawal symptoms typically fade around the 5–6-day mark. Chronic Dexedrine addicts who have built up a tolerance to the drug are offered a tapered detox regime.
Here at Cassiobury Court, clients are not expected to suddenly stop consuming Dexedrine but instead are gradually weaned off the drug. A tapered approach to Dexedrine detox means clients reach the abstinence goal without experiencing a huge amount of discomfort from withdrawal symptoms.
Dexedrine poses such a high health risk including abuse, addiction, physical dependency, and even cases of sudden death by regular users, the following warning label has been added to all prescriptions of Dexedrine to advise consumers of the potential risks:
“Amphetamines have a high potential for abuse. Administration of amphetamines for prolonged periods of time may lead to drug dependence and must be avoided. Particular attention should be paid to the possibility of subjects obtaining amphetamines for nontherapeutic use or distribution to others, and the drugs should be prescribed or dispensed sparingly”, stated by dailymed.nlm.nih.gov.
Treating the Psychological Aspects of Addiction
Once Dexedrine withdrawal symptoms reduce clients are expected to tackle the emotional causes of addiction. Therapy methods employed at Cassiobury Court include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, stress management, relapse prevention, and individual, group or family counselling.
In addition to a Dexedrine detox and the mentioned psychological therapies, we also ensure that all of our clients receive therapies which focus on their well-being to ensure a well-rounded, holistic approach to their Dexedrine addiction treatment.
These well-being therapies include relaxation and sleep management, mindfulness, yoga, art therapy, fitness therapy, low level laser therapy, and nutritional supplement therapy.
Our years of experience has shown that our personalised and holistic approach to addiction treatment, is one that has produced high levels of recovery rates with our clients.
Our dedicated team are on hand 24/7 at our warm and welcoming Dexedrine rehab. We ensure that you have everything you need to make you feel as comfortable as possible, so the only thing you need to concentrate on is recovering from your Dexedrine addiction.
Once therapy sessions conclude, a tailored relapse prevention and aftercare plan is drawn up. We encourage clients to attend Narcotics Anonymous groups in their local area. Aftercare sessions are provided each Saturday at our Watford centre.
Cassiobury Court is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre located in London. We welcome people from all walks of life into our rehab, we’re here to help anyone who needs it.