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Amphetamines (Speed)


If you need help or advice in putting an end to your Amphetamine misuse and getting your life back, we are here to support you. Call us today at Ciconia Recovery London, where one of our experienced staff will be glad to discuss all the treatment options available to you and tailor a recovery plan that best meets the needs of your lifestyle. Remember it’s never too late to get clean!

Amphetamines (Speed) Addiction Treatment

Amphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that is found in major prescription stimulants like Adderall and Dexedrine as well as in illicit forms such as Methamphetamines and Ecstasy.

Illegal amphetamines known as speed comes in a powdery crystallised form and has a bitter taste, its common street names are whizz, billy and base. If taken medicinally or illicitly, both have a high probability of dependency due to the way they work in an individual’s brain, increasing energy, confidence, alertness and focus.

Users have become psychotic and delusional when on speed, hearing and seeing things that aren’t there.

Amphetamine can be taken as a tablet, crushed and snorted, put in a cigarette paper and swallowed known as bombing. Injecting street amphetamine is very risky due to it being so impure, increases risk of overdose causes vein damage and risk of catching blood-borne viruses through sharing needles.

Students during their exam periods use speed in the myth that it helps them to focus longer and perform better. But the truth is Amphetamines for whatever reason you use them cause memory problems and changes the way the brain behaves, destroying its pleasure receptors and decreasing the body’s ability to experience pleasure without using the drug. Regular users of Amphetamine can often end up becoming depressed, anxious and paranoid resulting in mental illness.

Regular users will also increase in their usage to avoid withdrawals from speed.
Long-term individuals who misuse Amphetamines may become more tolerant to it, requiring increased doses for the same high, which can lead to dependency and more significant health risks.

If you are concerned about a loved one’s Amphetamines use, please call us at Ciconia Recovery London for a friendly and confidential chat about the best ways you can support your loved one.

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  • Fast heart rate, the strain on the heart
  • Sleep problems
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucination and paranoia
  • Dehydration
  • Urine retention
  • Repetitive movement
  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Vein damage
  • BBV’s
  • Mental illness
  • Irritability


  • Fatigue and intense sleepiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Twitches and other body movements
  • Slow reactions and movements
  • Aches and pains
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Anxiety


Who will I speak to when I call?

Experienced recovery workers who are compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable about substance misuse and mental health issues, they will be happy to take your call and discuss all your queries in a discreet and confidential manner. And if needed they will offer you a free video consultation with a psychiatrist.

How much does treatment cost?

At CRL we endeavour to keep our costs as low as possible whilst at the same time continuing to  provide high quality care. The cost of treatment varies depending on the level of care needed and the length of the treatment plan required.

The best way to ascertain this cost would be to speak to one of our experienced recovery workers to determine what treatment plan will be the most effective for you in achieving your desired goals.

Does insurance cover mental health or addictive treatment?

Some private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Does insurance cover adult ADHD assessment or treatment?

Yes, most private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Do you only treat substance misuse?

No, in addition to our drug and alcohol treatment packages, we also treat a wide range of mental health disorders, some of which may be associated with the individual’s substance misuse and dependency, these include treatment for personality disorders, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD and PTSD amongst other disorders.

What if I need a detox?

We offer a wide range of options for smooth and painless detox thanks to our new provided medications (i.e. long-acting buprenorphine monthly injections). If this is something you are interested in, please call us to discuss which is more suitable for you.

The main emphasis in our detox programs is to provide as much comfort and support while doing our best to minimise any withdrawal symptoms the individual may experience throughout their recovery. Many users recognise they need help and support to get clean but fear the consequences of withdrawals, we have created detox plans to greatly reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawals.

Do your programs offer aftercare?

Yes, we will continue to support clients after they have completed treatment either by us or elsewhere by offering a wide range of aftercare programs, studies have shown that people have a much better chance of avoiding relapse if they are engaged in aftercare programs. Please get in touch to discuss the best aftercare options for yourself.

Is smoking permitted?

No, this is a medical facility and smoking is not permitted at all.

Do you treat trauma?

Yes, our staff are specially trained in trauma, grief/loss and attachment, we know very well the negative impact these can have on someone’s mental health which can then trigger alcohol/drug misuse and other negative behavioural health challenges.

Among our treatment approaches to trauma is EMDR therapy which is very effective in easing and treating PTSD.

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient care is less intensive than inpatient care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or key-worker where they will be given similar treatments to those in an inpatient clinic. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.

Outpatient programmes consist of daily, weekly or monthly sessions. Because outpatient treatment requires less time in-attendance, the entire recovery programme generally lasts longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, an outpatient programme can last many months.

Who is outpatient treatment suitable for?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for individuals who have been struggling with addiction but may benefit from a less intensive approach to recovery than inpatient care.

CRL staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction and the most suitable treatment options. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.

Our staff are compassionate and caring and will treat anything you discuss in the strictest of confidence. If you need advice on addiction, or simply need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call us.

Are your staff qualified?

All CRL staff are qualified for their specific roles with many years of experience in working in the addiction and mental health fields. In addition all our staff are always up to date with all their relevant training and registrations.


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