Speed is one of the street names for any amphetamine-based drug, including prescription stimulants and crystal meth. When a person abuses these drugs, they put themselves at risk of many serious consequences.

The most severe being addiction and death. 

Call 800-807-0951 now if you or your loved one has been abusing speed and needs help.

Understanding Speed

According to the Better Health Channel, “Amphetamines are psychostimulant drugs that abnormally speed up the brain and body.” Substances in this category can include:

  • Levoamphetamine
  • Dextroamphetamine
  • Levoamphetamine
  • Dextroamphetamine

While these drugs can sometimes be helpful to certain individuals, especially those with ADHD, and while they may cause a number of desirable side effects, they can be extremely dangerous when abused. Speed can cause severe physical and psychological effects when used recreationally, and many individuals who choose to use it this way commonly become addicted to the effects of this drug class.

Speed Withdrawal Info

Signs and Symptoms of Speed Use

Drugs in this category are known as speed because they literally increase one’s brain and body activity. A person will likely become more animated, excited, and talkative while on the drug. Many people take amphetamines for these reasons, either to create an intense high, stay awake and focused longer, or be more sociable at parties. Unfortunately, though, speed can cause a number of other signs and symptoms that aren’t as desirable, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Headache
  • Hostility
  • Confusion
  • Dry Mouth
  • Palpitations
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Increased Respiration
  • Decreased need for Food
  • Decreased need for Sleep
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Increased Body Temperature

These side effects, as listed by the Center for Substance Abuse Research, do not seem too severe, as they are the common short-term signs and symptoms of stimulant use. However, there are a number of intense risks a person takes every time they use these drugs and especially if they do so often.

Risks of Speed Use

High doses of speed can create overdose, which may lead to heart attack, stroke, and death. This is often the result of an acute overdose, but those who misuse the drug over a long period of time put themselves at risk as well. Psychosis often occurs in those who take stimulants in large doses, and a person may experience:

  • Severe Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggression

If you believe someone you know has been abusing speed and has started becoming a danger to themselves or others, call 911 immediately.

Many people also experience severe weight loss that can lead to malnourishment. Decreased sleep that occurs while a person is on the drug only intensifies the severity of its psychotic effects. Other severe side effects associated with speed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, include:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Contracting Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and HIV through Needle Sharing and Risky Sexual Behavior.
  • Symptoms similar to those associated with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as Depression, Severe Cravings, Exhaustion, and Anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure).

Of course, one of the most severe risks associated with speed abuse is addiction. According to the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, the increase of drug laboratories across the US producing methamphetamine has resulted in higher numbers of overdose and addiction, while prescription amphetamines are highly available through either the sharing of the drugs between friends and family members or the black market. Unfortunately, speed abuse and addiction is just as dangerous, if not more so, than it has ever been.

Speed Addiction and Treatment

Treatment for speed addiction usually starts with detox, or medically assisted withdrawal where the patient’s symptoms are managed with medication and other treatments. Once the individual is stabilized, they can begin a regimen of behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, and the Matrix Model. Speed addiction can be severe and, depending on how long and how much the individual has practiced this abuse, effects can last for a long time, which is why treatment must be comprehensive and often long-term.

Often used as a blanket term to describe any type of amphetamine abuse, speed is dangerous and can lead to a number of severe side effects. Seek treatment now for your speed addiction by calling 800-807-0951, and we will match you with the best option for your current needs.