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What is Dexedrine?

Is Dexedrine safe? The answer to this question depends on how and why you are taking it.

Dexedrine is a controlled substance, meaning it has been shown to have medicinal uses but can be addictive.

It is a type of amphetamine, which is a stimulant.

These types of medicines can be very helpful for people with certain issues.

However, when taken by people who do not need it, it can create a very addictive high.

Dexedrine addiction is very serious and can have many negative side effects on your overall health.

Understanding Dexedrine Drug

Dexedrine is the brand name for the drug dextroamphetamine. Doctors prescribe it to treat a few different medical issues. Dexedrine helps people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, calm down and focus.

It also helps people with sleep disorders have more energy and stay awake. People with these issues may wonder, is Dexedrine safe? When you take it as your doctor tells you to, it is safe.

It becomes dangerous when people take it without a prescription, in higher than prescribed doses, or more often than they are supposed to.

It has been estimated that 13 million Americans are abusing this drug by taking it without a prescription.

How do People Abuse Dexedrine Drug?

Dexedrine has been around for more than forty years, and it has been abused for decades.

It can come in a liquid, tablet, or a capsule. Most people swallow it, but it can also be taken by crushing the tablets to snort them, or dissolved in water to be injected. Some people even resort to smoking the powder.

People who take Dexedrine without a prescription are using it for their stimulant effects. It is popular with college students, who take it to stay away for studying or test-taking.

Athletes take it to boost their performance in sports. Others take it to lose weight because stimulants suppress your appetite. Some may take it in order to get a high.

Few realize that abuse can lead to Dexedrine addiction in a short period of time.

The Physical Effects of Dexedrine Drug Abuse

Dexedrine has many different negative effects on the body, both short term and long term. Short term effects can include an increase in your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, or blood sugar.

It can also cause decreased blood flow, and high body temperature. All of these effects can have serious side effects, causing heart attacks, heart failure, and even seizures.

If you inject Dexedrine drug, you are at risk of long term health effects.

Sharing needles puts you at a higher risk of getting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, both of which can cause serious lifelong health problems. If you use a non-sterile needle, you also risk getting a serious skin, muscle, or bone infection.

And if you are addicted to Dexedrine and stop taking it, you can experience withdrawal symptoms.

These can include depression, tiredness, and problems sleeping.

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How Dexedrine Drug Affects Your Brain

Like many drugs, Dexedrine also changes the way that your brain works. It increases the amount of dopamine that your brain releases, which is what makes you feel high.

Dopamine is a chemical that makes you feel happy and relaxed. When you abuse Dexedrine drug, your brain learns to associate taking drugs with feeling good.

You begin to crave Dexedrine in order to release more dopamine, even if it is causing negative effects on your personal life or health.

This is what leads to an addiction. Once you have a Dexedrine addiction, other negative side effects can appear. These can include hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, manic episodes, and aggressive behavior.

Signs of a Dexedrine Addiction

Once you have developed an addiction to Dexedrine drug, it can be difficult to stop taking it.

This is especially true for people who are taking it to enhance their performance at work, school, or in sports.

If you are not sure if you have a Dexedrine addiction, here are some signs that you can look for:

  • You continue to use Dexedrine after experiencing black outs, an overdose, are driving under the influence, or have issues with your health.
  • Your drug use is causing issues in your personal or professional life.
  • You are having issues fulfilling your work, school, or family obligations.
  • You experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Dexedrine drug.
  • You have to take more in order to feel the effects.
  • You are spending more and more time getting or taking Dexedrine.
  • You feel depressed or anxious when you are not high.
  • You have given up activities or hobbies you once loved to do drugs instead.
  • You crave Dexedrine when you are not taking it.

Even if you realize that you have a problem, you may find yourself unable to stop.

If two or more of these signs of addiction apply to you, it is time that you seek help for your Dexedrine abuse.

Treatment Options for Dexedrine Addiction

When it comes to treating a Dexedrine addiction, every client is different.

That is why we work with you to design a personalized treatment plant that will work, and that you can follow. For most of our clients that are dealing with this issue, we begin with detox.

This allows us to help you get the drugs out of your system in a safe and controlled environment. Our medical detox program means that we can use medicines to help reduce the negative side effects of the withdrawal process.

Once you are fully detoxed, we encourage a tailored therapy program. There are two therapy options that we find work well to help clients overcome a Dexedrine addiction. The first is cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT.

This type of therapy focuses on helping you find the thoughts and patterns in your behavior that lead to your drug use.

Then we help you with tactics to change these thoughts and behaviors, as well as techniques to deal with stress and avoid drug use triggers.

The other option is contingency management, or CM. This type of therapy focuses on rewarding you for following your treatment plan, helping you associate being drug-free with positive feelings.

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Let Us Help You Overcome Your Dexedrine Addiction

Dexedrine is popular for abuse because people like the stimulant high it gives. But as with all drugs, it comes with many risks, and can even lead to death.

That is why we have created a highly effective treatment plan to help people addicted to Dexedrine.

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we know that addiction does not just affect your physical health, it also affects your mental and spiritual health, which is why we tailor all of our treatment programs to fit the unique needs of every client.

We offer multiple levels of care, which allows us to help even those who have professional or educational commitments. Our facility was designed with our clients’ comfort and success in mind, providing unique amenities, privacy and a supportive recovery environment.

You can trust our team of experienced, highly-qualified addiction professionals to help you through every step of your recovery journey.

We realize that many of our clients worry about how they are going to pay for their treatment. That is why we accept most private & commercial insurance plans.

Simply reach out to use and we will complete a free verification of your benefits and coverage for addiction treatment. If your insurance plan will not cover our services, we will not simply stop helping you on your recovery journey.

Instead, our admissions team will work with you to make sure you get directed to a rehab center that your insurance plan will be willing to cover.

Is Dexedrine safe? The answer for people who do not have ADHD, or a sleeping disorder is no.

And if you are addicted, it is important for both your mental and physical health that you get help.

No matter how serious your addiction is, or how long you have been abusing Dexedrine drug, you can still make the choice to get clean.

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we are here to help you design your recovery plan for maximum success.

Let us give you the tools you need to overcome this addiction, and get back to leading a happy, healthy life.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.