Amphetamine Abuse and Your Immune System

The human immune system is an amazing set of biological structures and processes that protect against bacteria, microbes, toxins, viruses, and other agents that cause sickness and disease.

You may be surprised to learn that your immune system is interconnected with your central nervous system, which sends, receives, and interprets information signals within the body. This connection becomes clear once extreme stress affects the central nervous system. Under great stress, a person’s immune system can weaken and become more susceptible to an illness.

Amphetamines belong to a class of drugs known as central nervous system stimulants, and when abused, the drugs wreak havoc on the immune system.

How Amphetamine Misuse Impacts Your Health

Amphetamines can be prescribed, or they can be traded illegally. Illegal amphetamine drugs include crystal meth, speed, and methamphetamine. These drugs may also be prescribed, and common prescription amphetamine drugs include Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, and Dexedrine. Misuse of any type of amphetamine can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Amphetamine drugs affect the body in numerous ways.

They may:
  • Decrease your necessary white blood cells
  • Suppress the production of life-saving antibodies
  • Increase blood pressure and body temperature
  • Stimulate a more rapid heartbeat and respiratory process
  • Activate an inflammatory response that increases infection risks
  • Drain energy, resources, and emotions as the body “crashes”
  • Cause teeth grinding, jaw tension, and tooth decay
  • Reduce appetite and compromise nutritional intake

Amphetamines essentially raise the threats against the immune system while simultaneously depleting the natural resources used to defend against them. These immunosuppressive effects can increase the risk of everything from simple colds to serious diseases.

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The Life-Altering Dangers of Amphetamine Abuse

Amphetamines seriously impair the immune system, but the dangers do not stop there. Continued abuse can result in numerous side effects, including the following:

  • Ulcers
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Heart problems
  • Mood changes

Moreover, amphetamine abuse can eventually lead to a type of psychosis that is similar to schizophrenia.

The symptoms of stimulant psychosis can include the following:
 
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Skin picking
  • Delirium

An overdose is not the only risk of drug abuse. While an overdose is a potentially deadly risk, amphetamine abuse also breaks down the immune system and opens the door to several other health emergencies.

Find Help for Amphetamine Addiction

taking prescription pillsIn many cases, rehab for amphetamine dependence begins with detox to remove the drug and its toxins from the body. Most people find that their withdrawal symptoms peak after about 10 days, but medically-supervised detox can help ease that transition. 

After detox, the real work of rehab can begin. This is where most people build the recovery skills that will prevent future relapse and use.

Amphetamine rehab may include:

  • Counseling to determine amphetamine use triggers
  • Behavioral therapies to improve mental and emotional wellness
  • Holistic approaches like yoga, acupuncture, and meditation
  • Group therapy to discuss coping mechanisms and personal experience
  • More effective treatments for ADHD if attention deficit issues initiated the amphetamine use
  • Screenings and care for any amphetamine-related health damage

 
Addiction and mental health are both diseases of the brain, and there is significant correlation between the two. A person might abuse drugs to self-medicate a mood disorder, and, conversely, drug abuse can uncap or accelerate a previously dormant mental illness. Rehab facilities always screen for issues like depression, anxiety, mania, and bipolar disorder, and addiction treatment includes mental health care for any co-occurring conditions.

Amphetamine Abuse Helpline

Is amphetamine abuse affecting you or a loved one? Our recovery professionals are available 24 hours a day to help. Call our toll-free helpline, 877-345-3299, to discuss addiction signs, dangers, and treatments. Amphetamines are dangerous drugs that can damage far more than just the immune system, so please call now.


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