Amphetamine Withdrawals: Was it Painful for Me?
On my journey to finding natural alternatives of amphetamine, there was a very rough time that I went through. For me to overcome my amphetamine addiction, I had to go through a series of withdrawals. Using amphetamines can lead to many physiological and neurological changes in the brain. As a result, the brain becomes dependent on the presence of amphetamines so that it can function in the right manner.
I was using amphetamines for an extended period of time and taking really high doses of it. Therefore, when I drastically reduced the amount I was using, I started experiencing psychological and physiological signs and symptoms. This state is known as amphetamine withdrawal syndrome. This state is not easy to get through, especially without support.
Whether legal or illegal amphetamines, the effects of amphetamine withdrawals include depression, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, problem concentrating, and an increased appetite. In the worst-case scenario, amphetamine negatively impacts the mental health of a person and leads them to be suicidal or profoundly depressed.
The amphetamine addicted person will experience a “crash” that will last for about 1-2 days and then will experience a longer period of withdrawal, which can stretch from 5 days to weeks.
Signs, Symptoms, and Effects of Amphetamine Withdrawals
Amphetamine withdrawal symptoms are different for different people. It all depends on the metabolism and the duration of the drug use. The majority of the effects of amphetamine withdrawal are not really life-threatening. However, one of the most critical symptoms of amphetamine is depression, which leads one to attempts suicide.
Physical Symptoms of Amphetamine Withdrawal
Physical symptoms of amphetamine withdrawals include:
- Sleep disturbances (insomnia, hypersomnia)
- Aches and pains
- Nausea and vomiting
- Appetite disturbances
Psychological Symptoms of Amphetamine Withdrawal
Psychological symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal involve changes in the mood. These include:
- Intense cravings for drugs for about five weeks
- Lack of concentration
- Psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, vivid dreams and agitation
Factors of Amphetamine Withdrawal
The time taken for withdrawal signs to really set in, the severity of the symptoms and the time that it will take for withdrawal from amphetamine to be complete, all depends on the following factors:
- The dose of amphetamines and the frequency of the doses when used last.
- Biological factors like gender, age, weight, and genes. These can affect how each person’s metabolism works during amphetamine detox.
- The time period the person has been using amphetamines.
- If the person has been using other kinds of substances.
- Psychological and physical disorders that may hinder the process of withdrawal.
Amphetamine Withdrawal Timeline
Before I was able to find natural alternatives to amphetamine, I understood the hardships that I had to face to get sober. It was not an easy trip; however, I am glad to be making progress daily. The initial three days after self-restraint, I was experiencing fatigue, excessive sleep, increased appetite, nausea, abdominal cramps, dizziness, and frequent headaches.
After the first three to four days, I experienced mood swings such as depression, anhedonia, anxiety, intense cravings, and irritation. This happened because my body reacted to the absence of the drug. Some people have also experienced persistence during this period, along with insomnia and increased appetite.
After the first week of abstinence, I felt that these feelings subsided over the next two weeks. Some feelings like insomnia and appetite disturbances seemed to stay until the second and even the third week. Along with that, there were episodes of vivid dreams, as well. Also, my drug cravings continued for five weeks.
It was challenging to get through these five weeks of cravings. Nevertheless, I switched to natural amphetamines and found a drastic change in my life.