Eating Disorders and Amphetamine Abuse

Eating disorders and amphetamine abuseEating disorders affect millions of people worldwide. Whether a person suffers from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive overeating or any other eating difficulty, these disorders are notoriously hard to treat. Anew trend in eating disorder behavior involves using amphetamines to lose weight and has become a serious co-occurring disorder.

What Are Amphetamines?

Amphetamines are stimulant drugs that are often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and narcolepsy. In some cases amphetamines are prescribed as weight loss pills, but they are hard to control and often lead to long-term weight gain. Amphetamines such as Ritalin, Adderall and Focalin speed up the central nervous system. These drugs can produce effects that are similar to caffeine, ephedrine, cocaine or ecstasy. They can lead to dependence and addiction.

Why Would Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder Use Amphetamine Drugs?

There is a rumor that amphetamines can be used for successful weight loss. This rumor continues because some of the common side effects of Ritalin and Adderall include appetite loss. The problem with this theory is that while those drugs may cause appetite loss, the human body is not meant to go for long periods of time without adequate nutrition. The longer you starve your body, the more your body will hold on to nutrients. Over time your metabolism will slow down and you will have a hard time losing weight. Also, people who suffer from eating disorders often feel fatigued and tired. Because their bodies are not receiving adequate nutrition, they may seek to increase energy through stimulant use. This can lead to permanent heart damage and major organ failure.

Why Is It Dangerous to Combine Amphetamines with an Eating Disorder?

Amphetamines can cause permanent damage to your body if taken incorrectly. Unfortunately, many eating disorders stop you from thinking clearly and making healthy decisions. Amphetamines can damage your heart, and your heart may already be in trouble because of the eating disorder. Amphetamine use can kill you by raising heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels. Other risks associated with amphetamine use include the following:

  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Brain damage
  • Psychosis
  • Personality changes

Co-occurring amphetamine abuse and eating disorders will not go away on their own. Integrated rehab treatment is a new and unique type of treatment that combines substance abuse treatment with specialized mental health care. By treating both addiction and the underlying causes of addiction and substance use, people who suffer from eating disorders stand a better chance of a full recovery.

Find Help for Eating Disorders and Stimulant Abuse

Amphetamines and stimulants are dangerous enough without adding the risk of an eating disorder. Is your life being torn apart by disordered eating and body image? Do you feel helpless as someone you love struggles with a disordered body image? Are amphetamines destroying your health and your life? We can help.

Please call us now and speak with an experienced recovery professional about your concerns. We would like to help you find wellness and happiness that can last a lifetime. We help with every step of addiction and eating disorder treatment from working with your insurance company to finding and succeeding in the best treatment available.