When it comes to the difference between amphetamine and methamphetamine, many people feel confused due to the fact that their chemical make-ups are very similar. However, one provides far greater consequences for its abuse and addiction. Do you know which is worse, amphetamine or methamphetamine?
Recognizing the Difference between Amphetamine and Methamphetamine
An amphetamine is a class of an addictive stimulant drug, such as Adderall. Methamphetamine is its own stimulant drug with far worse effects on the body. Both stimulants cause increased blood pressure and a faster heart rate and they both speed up your metabolism and increase body temperature.
Taking either drug leads to pleasant feelings of euphoria. You also gain more energy, greater ability to focus, and an overwhelming desire to get things done and engage in activity. These sound like great benefits, but the reality is much darker and meth addiction is especially deadly and difficult to end.
Meth is very similar to other amphetamines but has one key structural difference. That is, it goes into your brain faster than other stimulant drugs. Meth causes you to feel an intense high very quickly. Due to this difference, more people seek to abuse meth rather than stimulants like Adderall.
Medication vs. Street Use
Meth and amphetamines both hold Schedule II controlled substance categorization by the D.E.A. However, doctors prescribe amphetamines for specific conditions.
Amphetamines work for patients with ADHD, particularly in children. However abuse is both risky and harmful for each. They provide similar side effects as central nervous system stimulants, but meth also causes teeth grinding, dental decay, headaches, tremors, blurry vision, constipation, and dizziness. Long-term effects are similar, with meth adding to the list psychosis, skin infections, and permanent brain damage.
Both amphetamine and methamphetamine drugs make their way to the streets for sale and are both used recreationally. People will buy meth for its high, and amphetamines for weight loss or study focus. However, there are no safe means of using either of these drugs without a doctor’s supervision.
Ending Stimulant Addiction for Lasting Wellness in Recovery
Gaining lasting recovery after any meth addiction proves difficult and has a long road to wellness. You can achieve this wellness for the long-term with the right help. You need an array of therapies, programs, and services, such as:
- Detox, residential and/or IOP rehab
- Behavioral therapies and holistic care
- Individual, family, and group counseling
- Coping skills and life skills
- Quality nutrition and medical care
Ashley Addiction Treatment in Havre de Grace, Maryland provides these important services, programs, and therapies. Start focusing on getting help right away. Call Ashley now at 866-313-6310 and start your road to lasting recovery.