Withdrawal symptoms from amphetamines can be varied. They give the brain a big shot of “happy chemicals” from the brain, or “neurotransmitters”, like dopamine, but once that big boost is gone, the brain is left like a dry desert with the neurotransmitters all used up. This causes the down and lots of withdrawals like:
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Rapid fluctuations in appetite
- Involuntary movements like twitches
- Aches and pains
- Sleep and dream problems – nightmares
- Agitation and inability to sit still, even though tired
- Loss of enjoyment
- No sex drive
- Feeling suicidal
We try hard to control the withdrawal symptoms from amphetamines during a detox and we are proud of the feedback that our patients give us on the Bonds protocol detox process. We specialise in detox usually over 1-2 weeks using non-addictive medication to make it as comfortable as possible. Published evidence shows that even an early version of the Bonds protocol was very well tolerated in opioid detox, for example, and opioid detox is notoriously unpleasant, often worse than a detox for amphetamines or cocaine. 97% of patients* did not report pain during a Bonds protocol detox from opioids. (ref Beaini AY et al (2000, October). A compressed opiate detoxification regime with naltrexone maintenance: patient tolerance, risk assessment and abstinence rates. Addiction Biology, 1;5(4):451-62 ).
Once the drugs are out of your system, you can then have naltrexone which can reduce cravings for amphetamines and a wide range of other substances, thus supporting long term abstinence.
*Outcome measures recorded at a time when Dr Amal Beaini was previously providing the BONDS protocols from the Detox 5 service, not The BONDS clinic at Broughton. These BONDS protocols are now part of The BONDS Clinic at Broughton and Detox5 has closed a few years ago. Abstinence data at 12 months did not include those patients who could not be contacted or lost to follow up.