Desoxyn is a brand name for methamphetamine hydrochloride, a stimulant drug that affects your central nervous system. It is a white tablet generally prescribed to be taken once or twice daily.
When taken legally, according to a doctor’s instructions, Desoxyn can be safely used to treat conditions such as narcolepsy, obesity, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, due to its high potential for abuse, this drug is rarely prescribed.
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Understanding Desoxyn Abuse
Desoxyn is a white tablet, meant to taken whole, once or twice daily. When abused, it can be crushed, swallowed, snorted, or dissolved in liquid to be injected.
As a stimulant drug, Desoxyn speeds up the communication between your brain and body, while causing your brain to release more dopamine, a neurotransmitter that effects mood, energy and movement. Dopamine ensures our survival by rewarding us with good feelings when we engage in natural behaviors like eating or exercising. The euphoria that abusers experience when taking high doses or when snorting the drug comes from an unnaturally high release of dopamine.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “our brains are wired to ensure that we will repeat life-sustaining activities by associating those activities with pleasure or reward. Whenever this reward circuit is activated, the brain notes that something important is happening that needs to be remembered, and teaches us to do it again and again without thinking about it. Because drugs of abuse stimulate the same circuit, we learn to abuse drugs in the same way.”
Signs and Symptoms of Desoxyn Abuse
The Mayo Clinic lists the following signs of recent stimulant drug use:
- feeling of exhilaration and excess confidence
- increased alertness
- increased energy and restlessness
- behavior changes or aggression
- rapid or rambling speech
- dilated pupils
- delusions and hallucinations
- irritability or changes in mood
- changes in heart rate and blood pressure
- nausea or vomiting with weight loss
- impaired judgment
- nasal congestion and damage to the mucous membrane of the nose (if snorting drugs)
- depression as the drug wears off
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Dangers of Desoxyn Abuse
The Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drugs of Abuse publication discusses the effects of abusing Desoxyn. These include:
- rapid breathing
- rapid heart rate
- irregular heartbeat
- extreme anorexia
- memory loss
- severe dental problems
- increased blood pressure
- hyperthermia (overheating) that can elevate body temperature to dangerous levels, causing:
- organ failure
- cardiovascular collapse
- and death
Chronic meth abusers can exhibit:
- violent behavior
- psychotic features including:
- visual and auditory hallucinations
- mood disturbances
- and delusions — such as the sensation of insects creeping on or under the skin.
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Long Lasting Cognitive Damage
The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that continued Desoxyn abuse can cause changes in your brain’s dopamine system that are associated with impaired verbal learning and reduced coordination. Long-term users suffer severe changes to the areas of the brain associated with memory and emotion, which can lead to a number of serious cognitive and emotional problems.
Some of these changes may be repaired after you get clean and healthy, but some brain damage may be permanent. This is why it is crucial that you seek addiction treatment as soon as possible.
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Who Abuses Desoxyn?
People abuse Desoxyn for a variety of reasons, some of which start off seeming practical, such as trying to lose weight or get more done on less sleep. But whatever the initial reason may be, once you experience the euphoric high of Desoxyn, your brain is instantly taught that taking the drug brings with it a great reward, which makes you crave or desire to repeat the experience as soon as the drug wears off.
Even without this craving, the natural result of an unnatural release of dopamine is that your brain will be depleted of its supply, leaving you lethargic, irritable, and depressed. Most people in this state will do anything to feel better again, and abusing Desoxyn again is an easy, if dangerous, solution.
Desoxyn is so addictive that a single dose can turn you into a user. When you attempt to stop taking Desoxyn, you are likely to experience unpleasant and dangerous withdrawal symptoms such as:
- severe depression
- intense drug cravings
- trouble sleeping
- frequent anger
- an inability to feel pleasure
One of the dangers of addiction is that your body becomes accustomed to the drugs affects, so that you develop a tolerance. This will force you to steadily raise your dosage of the drug, which will increase your risk of side effects and overdose.
MedlinePlus lists the possible symptoms of Desoxyn overdose as:
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of your body
- fast breathing
- aggressive behavior
- irregular heartbeat
- stomach cramps
- coma (loss of consciousness for a period of time)
Am I Addicted to Desoxyn?
According to the DSM-5, a substance abuse disorder (addiction) is a problematic pattern where your drug use leads to clinically significant impairment or distress, as shown by at least two of the following occurring within a 12-month period:
- The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.
- There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to cut down or control use of the substance.
- A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects.
- Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use the substance.
- Recurrent use of the substance resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home.
- Continued use of the substance despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of its use.
- Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of use of the substance.
- Recurrent use of the substance in situations in which it is physically hazardous.
- Use of the substance is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance.
- Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
- a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect.
- a markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.
- Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:
- the characteristic withdrawal syndrome for that substance (as specified in the DSM- 5 for each substance).
- the substance (or a closely related substance) is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.
If two or more of these describe your own experience with Desoxyn, then you are in need of professional substance abuse help. Please call 800 774 5796 now, and let us connect you to a quality treatment provider.
Desoxyn Addiction Treatment
Methamphetamine addiction causes profound changes in your brain that only make it harder to quit as time goes on—but you CAN quit. All you need to do is ask for help, and commit yourself to the recovery process.
Phase one of treatment is giving up your drug of choice, and that means detox. While there are no government-approved drugs that can counteract or alleviate the symptoms caused by Desoxyn withdrawal, detoxing in a rehab center under the care of medical professionals will ensure that you get clean safely, with as little discomfort as possible.
Rehab and Recovery
Your addiction treatment program will include a variety of approaches, such as:
- Talk therapy: One on one counseling with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or licensed addiction therapist will help you identify and treat any undiagnosed mental health issues that may be partly responsible for your addiction. Group therapy will foster a sense of community and allow you to learn from people dealing with similar challenges. Family therapy will help you resolve interpersonal conflicts, and teach you better communication skills that will allow for a more supportive home environment after you are discharged from treatment.
- Fitness and Nutrition: Your overall health has been damaged by drug abuse, and you need to strengthen your body and mind by taking good care of yourself with quality food and exercise. Exercise can also be an excellent outlet for stress and drug cravings, especially because your brain rewards you for exercise by releasing dopamine.
- Relapse prevention: Most treatment programs will have education, counseling and alumni groups designed to support ongoing sobriety and to prevent relapse.
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