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What Are Amphetamines?

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to amphetamine drugs, you can find help through Liberty House Recovery Center. Amphetamines can be dangerous when abused, so it is important to know the signs of amphetamine abuse.

Liberty House Recovery is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center in Michigan. Contact us today to learn how we can help you or a loved one overcome addiction.

What Are Amphetamines?

What are amphetamines? Are amphetamines stimulants? Are there prescription amphetamine examples or just illegal amphetamines?

These are common questions, and understanding how amphetamine drugs work can prepare you for recognizing symptoms and yourself or others of addiction and getting treatment where necessary.

Amphetamines are psychostimulant drugs often prescribed for things like ADHD or narcolepsy. 

So, are amphetamines stimulants? Yes, they are stimulants. Amphetamines work by increasing the speed of communication between your body and brain.

Amphetamines were originally manufactured in the 1930s as a nasal congestant but, within a few years, were converted into tablet form used for narcolepsy and ADHD. Today they are still used as a prescription for ADHD and sleeping disorders. 

Are Amphetamines Dangerous?

Any drug can be dangerous because all drugs have some side effects. Amphetamine drugs are stimulants which means they speed up your central nervous system. Much like adrenaline which naturally occurs in the body, especially during fight or flight moments, amphetamines naturally stimulate your central nervous system and communication in your brain.


If you have a prescription for amphetamines and you misuse that prescription, it can lead to a higher tolerance. When your body develops tolerance to amphetamines, that means you have to take more amphetamines more often to get the effects you want. This can lead to addiction and withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop.

Risk Factors

In addition to asking, “what are amphetamines” you might wonder, “what causes addiction to amphetamines.” Multiple risk factors can increase an individual risk of addiction.

Some examples include genetics. Certain individuals with a predisposition to addictive tendencies might more easily become addicted, even to a prescription. The environment also impacts the risk of addiction. Living with family members who are addicts or in an environment where drug addiction is common can increase the likelihood that one will exhibit addictive tendencies. 

Mental health issues can increase the risk as well. ADHD is categorized as a mental health disorder for which amphetamines might be prescribed.

If you are looking for addiction and mental health treatment, our dual diagnosis center in Michigan can help.

Which Drugs Are Amphetamines?

What are some amphetamine examples? Amphetamine drugs can be prescription or illegal drugs. Prescriptions include:

  • Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall®),
  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®),
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse™) 
  • Methamphetamine (Desoxyn®). 

Some common names for street drugs, illegal versions of amphetamines, include:

  • Ice
  • Speed
  • Black Beauties
  • Crank
  • Uppers
  • Bennies

How Do Amphetamines Impact the Body?

Amphetamine drugs can impact multiple areas of the body. If you have asked, “what are amphetamines,” by now, you recognize that they are a stimulant which means they stimulate parts of the body and brain for people who don’t have ADHD but can have a calming effect on people who do.

Using amphetamine drugs can increase breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate. But large doses of amphetamines can result in irregular heartbeats, poor coordination, sweating, headaches, and blurred vision. 

How to Find Amphetamine Addiction Treatment in Ann Arbor, Michigan

If you are ready to get help, you can find resources for Ann Arbor treatment centers through your primary care physician, addiction resources, and facilities like Liberty House. At Liberty House, we provide comprehensive residential treatment that includes services for specific groups, specific drugs, and individual mental health issues. If you are struggling with an addiction to amphetamines because of a prescription for ADHD, Liberty House can help you with an ADHD treatment program and an amphetamine addiction program simultaneously.

When you reach out to our admission staff, we can help you schedule a tour of our facility so you can look at the top-of-the-line amenities, state-of-the-art rooms, and client-friendly facilities. Will also help you with an initial evaluation which will help us recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for your situation. 

With Liberty House, you can get treatment for amphetamine addiction, starting with our residential detox program. You’ll start your recovery at our detox center in Michigan with medical supervision and seamlessly transition to our residential care program. We work hard to assist you throughout the course of your recovery, not just for your initial care. That’s why our facility specializes in ongoing aftercare planning so that you are prepared for sobriety when you transition back to your regular life.

Don’t wait to get help. Call Liberty House today to learn more about amphetamine addiction.

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