Speed Drug: The Signs and Dangers of its Addiction (2023)

Speed drug is an illicit substance that belongs to a group of stimulant drugs known as amphetamines. It is purely a drug of abuse and has no medical function, unlike many others. The addictive potential of this substance is rather high as well.

Addiction to speed drug presents in a specific way, and this article’s information will discuss more on the signs, adverse effects, and how to treat an individual with an addiction to this street drug.

An Overview on Speed Drug

Speed drug is a white or off-white powder, which can be administered by inhalation, ingestion, or injection. It is an illicit substance and speed class of control is a Schedule II controlled substance, as classified by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, same as all amphetamines.

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Addicts who use the drug tend to the substance that is produced in illegal laboratories. These kinds of drugs can be impure and laced with other substances which can have long-term side effects.

Many people who use the drug have associated mental illnesses. These can include mood disorders, depression, anxiety, psychosis, and alcoholism.

Chronic use of this drug can result in significant alterations to the brain on the molecular level. Several structural changes and neurotoxic effects have been observed following chronic abuse of amphetamines like this one.

Speed Half-Life

This drug has a half-life of about 4 to 5 hours. Its breakdown occurs in the liver, and it is excreted from the body primarily through the urine. In the first 24 hours after it is orally ingested, more than 60% of it is excreted.

Speed Addiction

This drug increases the amount of dopamine in certain pathways in the brain, which produces sensations that get the user wanting more, and eventually establishing addiction to the substance. Speed drug can also be mixed with other illicit substances to potentiate its effects, which makes this substance even more dangerous to consume.

Signs of Speed Addiction

In a person who has used this drug long enough and developed an addiction, there are several ways that it can impact their life physically, mentally, and socially.

Physical Changes

An addict may begin to have noticeable physical signs when addicted to this substance.
They May Complain of the Following Symptoms:

  • Recurring headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vision problems
  • Abnormally enlarged pupils
  • Fast breathing (tachypnea)

Weight Loss

Amphetamines, including speed drug, have been used at times purely for the effect they have towards achieving weight loss. Stimulants cause noticeable weight loss when abused. Unfortunately, this serves on many occasions as the gateway by which some individuals get addicted to the substance.

Psychological and Behavioral Changes

The changes that chronic use of this drug has on the brain can result in some changes in the behavior and mental state of the addict. There may seem to be no reasonable cause for the demonstrations of these behaviors, and they can worsen as the addiction continues. These behaviors are even more prominent following the administration of high doses or binges.
These Include Some of the Following:

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Inattention

Financial Problems

In the presence of some of these other signs, addiction should be suspected when a family member or friend is frequently requesting money. They put all their resources into fueling the habit. When they request money at a frequency that can not be explained by the information available, there is a high chance of addiction to a substance.

Changes in Social Behavior

A person addicted to this substance may show changes in their behavior in social situations.
These Can Include Some of the Following:

  • Avoiding social settings
  • Self-absorbed and keeping to themselves
  • Reduced or poor communication

When it comes to the signs that addiction may produce in an individual, it is important to know that personal factors can change exactly how addiction can be manifested or noticed. Each addict is different, so there may be signs seen which are not included here.
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However, it is best to be safe and contact an addiction counselor for information if there is a suspicion of any abnormal behavior thought to be related to drug dependence.

Side Effects of Speed

This drug has an intended effect on the people who abuse it. However, it has several other side effects that are not wanted but come with its use. The side effects of speed drug can be physical or psychological. These can be very serious at their worst, and can even cause death.
Some of the Side Effects of Chronic Effect Include the Following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Fast breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Increased sweating
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Brain damage
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Movement disorder
  • Dependence
  • Addiction
  • Death

Large doses of it can cause irreversible damage, which emphasizes the importance of getting help as soon as possible.

As a result, psychiatric symptoms can last for years, even after a person has stopped using the drug.

These symptoms consist of things like psychotic episodes in which the user suffers from delusions, severe agitation, or uncontrollable panic attacks.

Speed Overdose

There are almost 36 million users of amphetamines every year, which includes speed. Of these, it is estimated that half a million use speed drug every week. With such a large number of users, the chance of an overdose is not uncommon. Most users tend to recover from an overdose on speed, but the potential for fatality is still present.

Symptoms of Overdose

Overdose can present with some of the following symptoms:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Severely increased body temperature (hyperthermia)
  • Increased muscle cell breakdown (rhabdomyolysis)
  • Seizures
  • Agitation

Overdose can be confirmed by screening for amphetamines in the urine of the individual.

First Aid for Suspected Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact emergency services immediately and once this is done, the following first aid steps can be taken:

  • Keep the individual as calm as possible. There can be unpredictable behavioral changes in a patient who overdoses, such as aggressive and violent behavior.
  • If having a seizure, clear the area of any objects that can injure them. Also, roll them onto their side to reduce the risk of them choking on their vomit.
  • Elevate the head gently, but do not hold the limbs or trunk.
  • If the person is noticed not to be breathing, begin CPR.

Dangers of Addiction to Speed

Addiction to speed can lead to chronic, irreversible health conditions. Individuals who inject these drugs tend to share their paraphernalia, which predisposes to infectious diseases like hepatitis B and C, and HIV. The effects of the drug on the brain and other organs demonstrate how deadly addiction can be.

Overdosing and Side Effects of Speed

An individual who is addicted to this substance may develop tolerance, which means they need to take increasing amounts of the drug to chase the same effect they have always had. These amounts can climb to dangerous levels which can cause an overdose.
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This is dangerous as death may ensue due to the complications, which include breathing difficulties or heart disorders. It is almost like an exacerbation of the substance’s side effects.

Criminal Charges

There is little information to directly link this substance and criminal behavior. The effects that addiction speed can have can produce behavioral changes such as violent or aggressive behavior. For an addict on the search for the resources to fuel their habit, this can lead to criminal behavior.

Infectious Diseases

Injection of the substance can predispose to the transmission of infectious blood-borne diseases from addict to addict, via unsterilized needles. This includes HIV, which can lead to AIDS and worsen the health condition of the individual, with the possibility of death.

Gateway to Worse Addictions

A major fraction of addicts use this speed drug as a gateway drug for other addictions. A study showed amphetamines in general to be the second most used drug of abuse among younger people. From this point, many of them move to other drugs. This demonstrates why curbing the habit at its earliest is best.

Permanent Brain Damage

It is notorious for causing permanent injuries to the blood vessels in the brain. This is one of the worst side effects of speed. As a result, it may cause a stroke. Quality of life following a stroke is impaired due to the high chance of disability, and death may also occur.

Treatment of Addiction to Speed

Treating an addiction to speed drug requires going through detox. This process can be difficult due to the withdrawal symptoms that occur, but with a treatment center, these symptoms can be managed through medically supervised detox. This is the recommended way of treating addiction, as it is safer than cold-turkey detox. This will be paired with cognitive-behavioral therapy for the highest effectiveness.
This detox will be conducted in a specialist center staffed by trained medical personnel, who will monitor the patient to ensure they are in no danger and help on the road to recovery. An outpatient rehab is an option, but inpatient rehab has the resources to ensure that patients receive 24-hour supervision and care as speed clears from their system.
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Detox takes care of the withdrawal symptoms, but that is not the end of treatment.

The patient will require different kinds of therapy, such as family therapy, counseling, and cognitive behavioral therapy, to repair the damage that addiction has caused in their daily life.

When used chronically, speed can cause irreversible damage. Furthermore, psychiatric symptoms can persist for years, even after successful detoxification. Some studies show that dopamine levels can take over a year to return to normal levels.
Speed drug can be a very dangerous drug as it has its risks, and can also serve as a gateway to other illicit substances. Abuse of the drug can lead to severe side effects of speed, and even death, so quitting the drug, or not abstaining completely from it is the best line of action.
It is important to recognize that a speed addiction should be managed at a professional treatment center, to enable the addict to receive the best care in their search for better health.

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Published on: January 24th, 2017

Updated on: February 23rd, 2021

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Isaak Stotts, LP

Isaak Stotts is an in-house medical writer in AddictionResource. Isaak learned addiction psychology at Aspen University and got a Master's Degree in Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. After graduation, he became a substance abuse counselor, providing individual, group, and family counseling for those who strive to achieve and maintain sobriety and recovery goals.

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8 years of nursing experience in wide variety of behavioral and addition settings that include adult inpatient and outpatient mental health services with substance use disorders, and geriatric long-term care and hospice care. He has a particular interest in psychopharmacology, nutritional psychiatry, and alternative treatment options involving particular vitamins, dietary supplements, and administering auricular acupuncture.

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What are the force symptoms of drug addiction? ›

Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — daily or even several times a day. Having intense urges for the drug that block out any other thoughts. Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect. Taking larger amounts of the drug over a longer period of time than you intended.

What are the four symptoms of drugs addiction? ›

Signs someone else is addicted:

Changes in personality and behavior like a lack of motivation, irritability, and agitation. Bloodshot eyes and frequent bloody noses. Shakes, tremors, or slurred speech. Change in their daily routines.

Does speed make you angry? ›

High doses and frequent use of speed can create amphetamine or speed psychosis. It's very similar to paranoid schizophrenia, with symptoms of hallucinations, and out-of-character violent and aggressive behaviour. There are lots of mental health issues linked to using speed.

What drug keeps you awake for 2 days? ›

Those who use meth can stay awake for several days without feeling like their body needs rest, which can lead to insomnia. Lack of REM sleep: Both serotonin and dopamine cannot be properly reabsorbed by the brain when someone uses meth.

What are the 5 common symptoms of addiction? ›

Signs of Addiction
  • Obsessive thoughts and actions: ...
  • Disregard of harm caused: ...
  • Loss of control: ...
  • Denial of addiction or hiding drug use: ...
  • Blackouts: ...
  • Legal trouble: ...
  • Troubling drinking patterns: ...
  • Panic regarding access:

Which of the following are symptoms of addictive behavior? ›

Psychological symptoms of addictions:
  • Mood swings.
  • Increased temper.
  • Tiredness.
  • Paranoia.
  • Defensiveness.
  • Agitation.
  • Inability to focus or concentrate.
  • Poor judgement.

What are the three types of addicts? ›

However, in terms of substance addictions, some of the more common types of addiction include: Alcohol addiction. Prescription drug addiction. Drug addiction.

What are the 5 components of addiction? ›

Authors Sussman and Sussman (2011) conduct a literature search to determine the definition of addiction, landing on and further defining five common elements: (1) feeling different; (2) preoccupation with the behavior; (3) temporary satiation; (4) loss of control; and, (5) negative consequences.

What are the three parts of addiction? ›

Well-supported evidence suggests that the addiction process involves a three-stage cycle: binge/intoxication, withdrawal/negative affect, and preoccupation/anticipation.

What are the emotional effects of speed? ›

Mental health risks

Speed can lead to: anxiety. depression. irritability.

What is a drug that makes you happy? ›

MDMA. MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic drug that produces a rush of euphoria and increased energy. It's commonly used in the club and rave scene, where people take it to enhance their enjoyment of music and social interaction.

Why am I getting angry quickly? ›

Feelings of anger arise due to how we interpret and react to certain situations. Everyone has their own triggers for what makes them angry, but some common ones include situations in which we feel: threatened or attacked. frustrated or powerless.

What drug makes you extremely sleepy? ›

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, ZzzQuil) and doxylamine (Unisom SleepTabs) are both very sedating and are available over the counter (OTC). Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) is an antihistamine that requires a prescription and also causes drowsiness.

What drugs wake you up? ›

Stimulants. If necessary, a GP or specialist may prescribe a type of medicine known as a stimulant, such as modafinil, pitolisant, sodium oxybate or solriamfetol. These medicines stimulate your central nervous system, which can help keep you awake during the day. They're usually taken as tablets every morning.

Which drug makes you sleep for hours? ›

Types of prescription sleeping pills
Sleep medicationHelps you fall asleepHelps you stay asleep
Temazepam (Restoril)
Triazolam (Halcion)
Zaleplon (Sonata)
Zolpidem (Ambien, Edluar, Zolpimist)
7 more rows
Sep 16, 2022

What are the biggest warning signs for addicts? ›

Physical warning signs of drug abuse
  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual.
  • Changes in appetite, sleep patterns, physical appearance.
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing, or impaired coordination.

What are the 10 stages of addiction? ›

Read on to learn more!
  • Stage 1: Denial. You should be proud of yourself during recovery. ...
  • Stage 2: Avoidance/Defensiveness. ...
  • Stage 3: Crisis Building. ...
  • Step 4: Immobilization. ...
  • Step 5: Confusion/Overreaction. ...
  • Stage 6: Depression. ...
  • Stage 7: Behavioral Loss of Control. ...
  • Stage 8: Recognition of Loss of Control.

What does addiction feel like in the body? ›

anxiety or depression. memory problems. mood swings (temper flare-ups, irritability, defensiveness) rapid increases in the amount of medication needed.

What are risky behaviors in addiction? ›

Risky behaviors include driving drunk, fighting, and other dangerous behaviors, and engaging in them can lead to addictions. Behavioral addictions happen when you feel driven to perform and repeat a behavior, even though you know it's bad for you.

What are the six major characteristics of addictive behavior? ›

6 Personality Traits Linked to Addiction
  • Impulsivity. Impulsive people are often viewed as fun to be around due to their spontaneous nature, but this personality trait has a serious dark side. ...
  • Nonconformity. ...
  • Anxiety. ...
  • Low Tolerance for Stress. ...
  • Sensation Seeking. ...
  • Blame Shifting.
Sep 13, 2017

What are 3 characteristics of addictive behavior? ›

Some signs of addiction are:
  • Always wanting more.
  • Constantly needing more.
  • Continuing despite negative outcomes.
  • Inability to follow rules you have set.
  • Not being able to stop.
  • Obsessing.
  • Replacing relationships.
  • Secrecy.
Mar 10, 2019

What are the three most harmful addictions? ›

Nassim Nicholas Taleb has a famous phrase that goes as such: The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.

What is the most severe form of addiction? ›

Heroin takes the number 1 spot as the most addictive substance on the planet. On Nutt's addiction scale, it ranked a 2.5 out of a maximum score of 3. This potent Opiate has an alarming rate of addiction, with 1 in 4 individuals who try Heroin becoming addicted.

What is the most addictive activity in the world? ›

Sex makes the top of the list since it provides the greatest release of endorphins and feel-good chemicals into the brain and throughout the body. Even the lead up to sex – the anticipation of meeting someone, the rush of a first kiss – all of these feelings can become addictive.

What are the three C's of addiction craving? ›

The table lists three components of addiction: loss of control, craving and preoccupation with use, and use despite negative consequences (the three “C's”) and possible signs or symptoms of each of these components that may indicate an opioid abuse problem.

What are the 5 steps of recovery from drug addiction? ›

What Are the Five Stages of Change? The five stages of addiction recovery are precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance.

What are some examples of addictive behavior? ›

Behavioral addictions such as gambling, overeating, television compulsion, and internet addiction are similar to drug addiction except that the individual is not addicted to a substance, but he/she is addicted to the behavior or the feeling experienced by acting out the behavior.

What does God say about addiction? ›

Corinthians10:13. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. Godis faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

How do you treat addictive behavior? ›

Cognitive behavioral therapy, talk therapy, and group therapy are known to be effective in helping treat these addictions. Also, people with behavioral addictions often suffer from comorbid mental health disorders or substance abuse.

Why do people tend to speed? ›

Motivational factors also contribute to speeding behaviours. Some drivers speed because they believe arriving at their destination as quickly as possible is more important than staying within the speed limit - for example, they may be worried about missing an appointment.

How does speed affect your vision? ›

Speed reduces the field of vision

However, the brain can only process a certain amount of information at any given time, which means that at 100 km/h, it has to eliminate a large amount of peripheral information. The field of vision therefore decreases as speed increases.

What is the psychology of speed? ›

Generally, the perception of something being slow carries negative associations unpleasantness, boredom, irritation, confusion and so on. Speed, on the other hand, is associated with success, resulting in less frustration and irritation especially where the user is kept informed of progress.

What's a happy pill? ›

Happy pill meaning; a tablet of an antidepressant or other drug, regarded as inducing a feeling of happiness or cheerfulness. In some cases, establishing positive habits that fight depression is the only way to “cure” it.

What drugs can make you depressed? ›

Medications That May Cause Depression
  • Benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are prescription medications that are used to treat anxiety disorders, seizure disorders, agitation and insomnia. ...
  • Beta-Blockers. ...
  • Stimulants. ...
  • Statins. ...
  • Anticonvulsants. ...
  • Parkinson's Disease Medications. ...
  • Corticosteroids. ...
  • Hormonal Medications.
Mar 1, 2022

Is there a drug that makes you feel loved? ›

The first, oxytocin, is utilised to induce labour, but research shows that it can also increase sociability, trust and empathy. The second is recreational drug MDMA or ecstasy, which is capable of inducing euphoria, empathy and love for our fellow humans.

What mental illness causes anger outbursts? ›

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a mental health condition marked by frequent impulsive anger outbursts or aggression.

How do you deal with someone who is always angry? ›

How can I support someone who is experiencing anger?
  1. Stay calm. ...
  2. Try to listen to them. ...
  3. Give them space. ...
  4. Set boundaries. ...
  5. Help them identify their triggers. ...
  6. Support them to seek professional help. ...
  7. Look after your own wellbeing.

What do you call a person who gets angry easily? ›

1. Irritable, testy, touchy, irascible are adjectives meaning easily upset, offended, or angered. Irritable means easily annoyed or bothered, and it implies cross and snappish behavior: an irritable clerk, rude and hostile; Impatient and irritable, he was constantly complaining.

What drugs can make you feel paranoid? ›

Certain drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines alter brain chemistry and can bring on paranoid thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This leads some researchers to believe that paranoia may be a biochemical disorder of the brain. The causes of this possible disorder are unknown.

What hard drugs keep you awake all night? ›

Amphetamines, which are found in some prescription drugs and also in street drugs like methamphetamine, are also powerful stimulants that can wreak havoc on your quality of sleep.

What drug makes you happy and energetic? ›

When amphetamines are injected or smoked, they reach the brain quickly and produce a “rush,” or surge of euphoria, immediately. The effects of amphetamines are often different from person to person. Amphetamines can make people: alert, confident and energetic.

What drug is a chill pill? ›

Benzodiazepines, sometimes called “benzos,” are a class of anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) prescription medications. This class of drugs includes alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), and several others—all known for their calming and sedating effects.

What medication is used for racing thoughts? ›

Antipsychotics are commonly prescribed to help with symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, or racing thoughts, but can also be prescribed for individuals without those symptoms. Some antipsychotics are considered mood stabilizers because they, too, even out the highs and lows.

What is the instant sleeping pill called? ›

Zolpidem: medicine used for sleeping problems (insomnia) - NHS.

What is addiction and symptoms? ›

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual's life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.

What defines addiction symptoms? ›

Symptoms of addiction often include declining physical health, irritation, fatigue, and an inability to stop using a substance or engaging in a behavior. Addiction can also lead to behaviors that strain relationships and inhibit daily activities. Stopping the substance or behavior often leads to withdrawal symptoms.

What are the symptoms of drug addiction Wikipedia? ›

Classic signs of addiction include compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, preoccupation with substances or behavior, and continued use despite negative consequences.

What are some triggers for addicts? ›

These are 10 of the most common triggers in addiction recovery, along with quick tips on how to avoid them.
  • HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. ...
  • Challenging Emotions. ...
  • Stress. ...
  • Over-Confidence in Recovery. ...
  • Physical or Mental Illness. ...
  • Social Isolation. ...
  • Romantic Relationships. ...
  • New Jobs and Promotions.
Dec 13, 2019

What are the three types of addiction? ›

However, in terms of substance addictions, some of the more common types of addiction include: Alcohol addiction. Prescription drug addiction. Drug addiction.

What is addictive behavior? ›

Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that has become the major focus of a person's life to the exclusion of other activities, or that has begun to harm the individual or others physically, mentally, or socially is considered an addictive behavior.

What is a drug addiction in simple words? ›

What is drug addiction? Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences.

What are the 6 types of substance abuse? ›

There are a wide variety of addictive substances that exist, but the most common types are classified under 6 main categories: alcohol, Benzodiazepines, illicit drugs, Opiates, Sleeping Pills, and Stimulants.

What are some drug seeking behaviors? ›

Box 1
  • Indicators of drug-seeking behaviours.
  • Typical requests and complaints. Aggressively complaining about a need for a drug. ...
  • Inappropriate self-medicating. ...
  • Inappropriate use of general practice. ...
  • Resistant behaviour. ...
  • Manipulative or illegal behaviour. ...
  • Other typical behaviours.
Jun 1, 2016

What are the red flags of relapse? ›

The individual usually starts to experience negative emotional responses, such as anger, moodiness and anxious feelings. They also may begin to experience erratic eating and sleeping habits, and their desire for recovery often wanes due to a lack of using their support systems.

When is relapse most likely? ›

An article in Psychology Today cites studies that show most relapses happen within the first 90 days of abstinence, which is why attending a rehab program lasting at least 3 months may be most beneficial.


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