Amphetamine Detox in Port St. Lucie, FL

Amphetamine Detox and Withdrawal

No one deliberately seeks an addiction to amphetamines or any other drugs. However, amphetamines are highly addictive, especially when misused, making it much easier to develop an addiction to them than some other substances.

Prescribed by medical professionals, amphetamines can treat conditions including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While many people overlook the prospect of developing an addiction to prescription drugs, they come with the same risk as illegal drugs, especially when not taken as recommended.

Why Amphetamine Detox is Practical

Amphetamine abuse can cause short and long-term health problems as well as addiction. If an addiction arises, it is best to complete an amphetamine detox. As the first stage in addiction treatment, detox flushes the body of all substance traces. While amphetamine withdrawal can be challenging, medical supervision via a treatment center can make it easier.

Recovery from substance abuse is a long road, but support is available every step of the way via American addiction centers, such as our own.

What Are Amphetamines?

Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants designed to improve focus and decrease restlessness. Like other stimulant drugs, amphetamines increase the speed of messages between the brain and body.

As touched on above, amphetamines are primarily used to treat ADHD. They can also treat narcolepsy and may sometimes be prescribed for obesity.

Amphetamines commonly used for medical purposes include:

Adderall

Ritalin

Concerta

Vyvanse

Dexedrine

Due to the potential for abuse and addiction, amphetamines are a controlled substance. In the United States, they are a class B drug, moving up to class A when prepared for injection.

Injecting and misusing amphetamines is extremely dangerous. For this reason, it is important to seek help via American addiction centers, where treatments such as detox and therapy are available.

Why Does Amphetamine Abuse Happen?

There are several factors why amphetamine abuse may occur. In some instances, users might not be aware that they are misusing amphetamines. As a result, understanding the dangers of amphetamine abuse can help many people control their drug use and avoid addiction and other adverse health consequences.

Prescription Drug Misuse

When misused, prescription drugs are just as dangerous as street drugs. In fact, using amphetamines is illegal without a prescription.

Even when prescribed, it is possible to abuse amphetamines. Signs of prescription abuse include taking medication for its side effects such as feeling high, reducing appetite, improving study performance, or experimenting.

Another sign of misuse is upping the dosage without permission. Some people may seek higher doses because they no longer feel the effects. This is otherwise known as tolerance, which signals that physical dependence is present. If tolerance to prescription drugs arises, it is crucial to seek professional support.

Adderall: The Study Drug

Adderall is dubbed a study drug by college students, as they believe it makes them smarter due to increasing alertness. Students often think that as medications such as Adderall are prescription drugs, they are self-medicating. Unfortunately, this is not true.

If amphetamines are not prescribed, they should not be used. Not only is doing so illegal but using amphetamine drugs comes with a risk of adverse health effects and addiction. For those experiencing peer pressure surrounding substance use, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has help and support available.

Amphetamine on the Streets

Amphetamines are often used recreationally for their euphoric effects. Sadly, amphetamine abuse is a widespread and significant problem. In 2020, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that around 1.5 million people in the United States aged 12 and over had an amphetamine use disorder in the previous twelve months.

Street names for amphetamine-based drugs include speed, meth, and crystal meth.

What Is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, has a similar chemical makeup to amphetamines. Although methamphetamine is available as a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription drug, it is primarily used recreationally.

Like other drugs, meth can be found in tablet, powder, and crystal form. Common ways to use meth include:

Smoking the crystal form

Snorting the powder form

Swallowing the tablet

Injecting or shooting meth

Smoking crystal meth produces an intense high similar to crack cocaine. However, it has a longer half-life. This means that users experience rapid on-set effects that last between four and twelve hours. While many people may not realize it, meth is dangerous, and addiction can form even if it is only used once.

How Can I Tell if I Am Addicted to Amphetamines?

A physical amphetamine dependence can occur through prolonged use, but not everyone develops a psychological dependence, meaning drugs aren’t craved. While this is not a true addiction, it often leads there and should be taken seriously.

Common symptoms of a physiological addiction to amphetamines include:

A physical tolerance

Nausea and vomiting

Dry mouth

Headaches

Raised body temperature

Blurred vision

Feeling dizzy

Heart palpitations

Insomnia

Increased energy

Decreased appetite

Dehydration

Excessive thirst, which leads to over-hydration

It can be hard to admit when a psychological amphetamine dependence occurs, especially as many people worry about getting in trouble or feel too ashamed to tell their loved ones and family members that they are suffering.

As addiction is a disease, it requires medical treatment like any other illness. There is no shame in suffering from addiction – help is available via American addiction centers.

With an increasing number of people suffering from addictions, learning the signs associated can help them seek medical advice and the support they need.

Some additional symptoms of amphetamine abuse include:

Frequent amphetamine use

Prioritizing amphetamine use over other important things

Poor performance at school or work

Skipping commitments due to being high or on a comedown

Social withdrawal

Changes in friendship circles

Secretive behavior and lying

Poor hygiene and self-care

Obsessively seeking amphetamines

Engaging in risky behavior to use or purchase amphetamines

Continuing to take amphetamines despite adverse effects

Being unable to stop taking amphetamines despite wanting to

If someone lives with an addiction to amphetamines, they must seek help as soon as possible. Sadly, addictions can cause long-term damage to health, relationships, and many other aspects of life.

What Are the Risks of Amphetamine Abuse?

Both short and long-term amphetamine abuse can cause serious health problems as well as physiological and neurological changes. Physical symptoms of addiction to amphetamines, including heart palpitations and dehydration, can cause serious consequences.

Irrespective of how long amphetamines are used, doing so comes hand-in-hand with severe risks. The longer the use, the greater the risk of severe life-threatening health complications.

Although implications differ and depend on various factors, abusing amphetamines can lead to:

Permanent cognitive impairment

Mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression

Hallucinations and drug-induced psychosis

Increased blood pressure

Cardiovascular problems

Heart damage

Strokes

Seizures

Overdose

What Does an Amphetamine Detox Look Like?

When an addiction arises, the only way to resolve it is through detoxification. Irrespective of the substance, almost all addiction treatments commence with detox. This treatment alleviates the physical side of addiction and prepares the brain and body for additional treatments, such as therapy.

During amphetamine detox, all traces of drugs are removed from the body. Detox should be medically supervised, but many people attempt to go cold turkey instead. However, attempting to recover alone can be fatal and can lead to amphetamine withdrawal syndrome. Instead, there are many treatment options to consider.

Most people carry out their detoxes at American treatment centers under medical care. Across the country, there are a wide variety of treatment centers, making accessing treatment much more straightforward.

When amphetamine addiction treatment is sought, centers like our own provide personalized treatment plans for detox. Detox can be natural or medical, but medical offers the best chance of success and is considered the safest.

Sometimes it is possible to detox at home, but confirmation from a medical professional should be sought beforehand. Although the detox process can be extremely uncomfortable, many people find it entirely manageable with supportive medications and medical supervision in a safe environment. This is why completing a medical detox at a treatment center is recommended.

Detoxing from amphetamines can be dangerous due to the side effects of withdrawal. When detoxing at a treatment center, twenty-four-hour supervision and medical care are available.

Detox can be challenging, but it is an essential part of recovery. Once the body is clean of amphetamines, those in recovery can begin to work on why they used them in the first place.

What Do Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms Look Like?

The withdrawal process can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on a user’s personal medical information and the severity of their drug use.

Most people who undergo an amphetamine detox experience amphetamine withdrawal symptoms, such as:

Insomnia

Fatigue

Muscle aches

Increased appetite

Mood swings and irritability

Anxiety or depression

Tremors

Seizures

Drug cravings

Amphetamine withdrawal symptoms can fall into two categories. These include acute withdrawal symptoms, which occur straight away, and post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). PAWS usually have less severe side effects. However, they may last for longer. These can include psychological symptoms such as:

Brain fog

Vivid dreams

Insomnia

Anxiety or panic attacks

Depression

Mood swings

Cravings

In addition to medical assistance, therapy may help with post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Though detox is manageable, medication can be offered to reduce drug cravings if symptoms are unbearable.

During detox, the most important thing is to be patient and trust the process. Although it may seem difficult, detox paves the way for lifelong recovery.

Is Recovery From an Amphetamine Addiction Possible?

Recovery is not a straight line, nor is there a clear finish line. Usually, those who complete detox and other treatments will continue to work on their sobriety in the weeks, months, and years that follow their time in a rehab center.

Following a client’s time in an addiction treatment center, they have to learn how to navigate the real world and avoid using substances in their daily life. Though relapse is common, it does not mean that lifelong recovery is not possible.

As part of our addiction treatment, we often provide therapy to help those in recovery understand the cause of their addiction. Doing so enables many to develop coping strategies and uncover how to prevent relapse. We also provide dual diagnosis treatment to those who suffer from an addiction and mental health disorder.

Many people develop addiction through self-medicating as a coping mechanism for mental illness, which is why the two are often co-occurring. Through therapy, those in recovery learn how to let go of trauma or manage a mental health disorder while also developing healthy coping mechanisms.

With the right treatment program and ongoing support, recovery is possible, and many go on to live a life free from addiction.

Contact us today to find out more about detox and our range of addiction treatments. Our expert team is on the end of the phone and ready to answer any questions.

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Samantha Kelly​

Director of National Business Development & Admissions Coordinator

I am a dedicated and passionate professional with extensive experience in business development Admissions and marketing. I have an incredible passion for showing others that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel if someone truly wants it.
Being in recovery myself I understand the struggles of addiction and alcoholism. I Started this Career path in 2009. With multiple years of experience, I bring a multi-faceted approach and am always seeking new ways to make a difference in the lives of those I work with.

Kim L. Buckner

Facilitator

As a Substance Abuse Motivational Speaker, Pastor, Peer Advocate, and Facilitator. Kim helps clients avoid relapse by understanding their triggers. Those people, places and things that can cause craving, as well as internal triggers like feelings, thoughts, or emotions. Kim also clients with identifying and building healthy relationships now that they’re clean and sober.

Kim’s background includes extensive experience as a motivational speaker and work in faith-based organizations helping youth and adults alike. He says he is motivated by giving back to the community, understanding, and not judging who she comes into contact with. Kim’s favorite quote is by Dr. Raymond Johnson: “The respect given to others rebounds to the giver to deny the scared in the Other is to deny it in oneself.”

Caty Burns

Clinician

Caty graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Counseling and History. Throughout her undergrad, she worked at the local CASA program, supporting volunteers advocating for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. Caty worked for seven years at a community mental health center (CMHC), partnering with children, adults, and families.

During those seven years, she taught life and coping skills as well as behavior management, provided case management and peer recovery services, and facilitated treatment teams that included the client, family, providers, and community members. I have also worked at an IOP providing group therapy services. She is currently working towards my Master of Social Work.

In her free time, Caty enjoys reading, especially historical fiction, spending time outdoors and having movie nights with her family. Disney World is her happy place, and she dreams of living among the elephants.

Madison Knowles

Mental Health Therapist

My name is Madison Knowles, I am a Mental health therapist at NPAC. I am a single-mother of two and I have a daughter who is globally delayed and has been diagnosed with autism. I have been in this industry since I was 16 years old, as I was fascinated with human behavior. I obtained my masters in applied behavioral analysis and started off working with people with disabilities. I then found my love for counseling when I worked with juveniles who had mental health and substance use issues. I then decided to go back for my mental health therapy license after that and working in a forensic treatment center. I went on to obtain my therapy credentials and since 2017, I have also been working on my PhD in forensic psychology in which I am currently working on my dissertation. I am inspired by change and how resilient people can be. My favorite inspirational quote is “Some will, Some won’t, So what, NEXT!!!” This quote has inspired me to try, try, and try again no matter how hard life gets, someone will give you a chance eventually. As a therapist at NPAC, I have been given the opportunity to work with diverse populations such as in substance use and mental health and I am known for my work with people on the schizophrenic spectrum as well as with other clients with other severe conditions including personality disorders.

Megan Carmona, LMHC

Lead Therapist

Our Lead Therapist, Megan, is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with adults who struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma. As Lead Therapist, she provides individual, family, and group therapy sessions to our clients.  Megan says “I am very passionate about therapy, especially about supporting my clients in exploring their strengths and identity. My goal is to provide individuals with the tools that can help them achieve independence in coping with their challenges and facilitating personal development.” In her free time, Megan enjoys watching docu-series and playing video games with her family. Her dream is to own acres of land so she can care for vulnerable animals, especially old dogs, cats, and horses. 

Kristen Bensley

Primary Clinician

As Primary Clinician, Kristen works with all aspects of our clinical team, from case management to primary therapy.  She has broad experience working in the mental health field. Prior to joining our team at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic, Kristen was part of the team awarded the Evernorth Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Designation by Cigna. She says her motivation is to help people rediscover who they are and become excited about the future and all the possibilities life offers. Kristen’s favorite quote is: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Ronn Daigle, MSW

Therapist, Utilization Review Clinician

Ronn Daigle services as a Therapist and Utilization Review Clinician at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has been working in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 2011, with experience in all facility-based levels of care. Ronn earned, both an Associate of Arts in Psychology (2013) and Bachelor of Science in Human Services, with an Addiction Studies Concentration (2015) from Indian River State College. 

Ronn additionally earned a Master of Social Work degree in 2021 and is a current Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working toward licensure (LCSW). He describes himself as detail oriented, and solution focused.

Ronn says: “There is nothing more fulfilling than working with someone who doesn’t believe in himself or herself, and being there in the moment with them when the belief begins. We work with individuals who come to us at a point and time in their respective lives where they do not believe that change for others is possible; let alone for themselves…throughout the process they eventually come to a point where they realize that change is not only possible, but achievable.”

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI

Assistant Clinical Director

Erika Melecio, LMHC, MCAP, CEI is the Assistant Clinical Director at Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic who specializes in the treatment of LGBTQ, addiction, as well as mental health disorders ranging from depression and anxiety, to Bipolar Disorder, trauma, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. Erika utilizes a number of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness amongst others. Erika has been in practice for close to a decade and has earned her license in Mental Health Counseling, as well as being a Master’s Certified Addiction Professional. Erika has worked with many individuals including couples counseling and family therapy, and is fluent in Spanish.
 
Throughout my years of practice, one of the things I enjoy helping people find is inner peace. Whether you are in the deepest parts of depression, overrun by your anxiety, controlled by your addiction, or there are certain issues in your life that are negatively impacting your ability to function, and have a happy, healthy life, maybe now is the time to talk about it. I am a big believer in empowerment, working hard in therapy, and utilizing different techniques to help you regain that inner peace that may have been lost along the way. I want to work with you as a team because with two people, absolutely everything is possible. I want to be there as a therapist, to help build you up, support you, but also help you be honest with yourself and accountable. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, my biggest goal for you is going to be simple….for you to no longer need my services. Why? Because if you no longer need my services, it means that you have regained your peace, you have regained your strength, you have regained your confidence. It means that you now have the tools to address any issues that try to derail you, and best of all, you will have the insight to overcome and thrive. So let’s begin this journey together, and get you to the place you want to be, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, and in your sobriety.

Aurelio Ayuso, MSW, LCSW, CAP, ICADC

Clinical Director

Aurelio has worked with those that suffer from the disease of addiction in adults and juveniles alike for over 10 years, beginning in the United States Navy where he proudly served for 20 years, working with those that were succumbed by addiction due to trauma and continuing his passion for helping those in need locally in Central Florida.

He specializes in both Addictions and Trauma, he has worked first as a therapist then as the clinical supervisor to both the Juvenile and Adult Drug Court programs in Brevard County. Aurelio has been instrumental in developing substance abuse treatment programs directly tailored to help those that also suffer from complex trauma due to their addiction. He has been recognized by several organizations for his forward thinking and ability to tailor treatment to individuals in the most restrictive environments.

Mr. Ayuso received his Graduate Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida, and Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Aurelio specializes in the treatment of Addiction, Trauma, and Abandonment using strength based strategies deeply rooted in Solution Focused, and Mindfulness Therapies. At the Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic he passionately develops holistic curriculums that foster the belief that through addressing the mind, body, and spirit together, the Disease of Addiction can be addressed successfully.

Robert Lehmann, MHSA

Chief Operating Officer

Bob Lehmann is the Chief Operating Officer at the Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic. He has a Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration with a concentration in Mental Health Administration and over twenty-five years of experience as a senior executive at addiction and mental health treatment facilities.

One of the reasons for his commitment to excellence in addiction treatment was his experience related to family members who suffered from the disease of addiction. Bob has been actively involved in community organizations throughout his career. Recently he was one of the founders of the Florida Addiction Treatment Coalition (FATC) and is its present Vice President. FATC was designed to bring together treatment executives in Florida to advocate on behalf of treatment facilities and the clients they serve adhering to a foundation of integrity and service excellence.

Jose R. Toledo, M.D.

Medical Director

A well-rounded and accomplished individual, Jose R. Toledo, M.D., is the Medical Director of Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a neurologist with 25 years of experience and has been in private practice since 1991 on the Treasure Coast of Florida. He completed his neurology training at the State University of New York and his Fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.

He also completed 24 months of acute inpatient psychiatry at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center, University of Missouri in Kansas City. In 2008, Dr. Toledo participated in and was certified in the continuing medical education activity entitled “Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence” from The Medical University of South Carolina during which began his quest to found and head Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic.

Dr. Toledo is a brain specialist with particular competence in addiction medicine and out-patient detoxification treatment and integrates the fields seamlessly. He is certified to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone). He incorporates his background in neurology into the addiction field. Dr. Toledo is member/fellow of The American Medical Association, The Florida Medical Association and The American Society of Addiction Medicine