Amphetamine Addiction

Understanding amphetamine addiction

Types of common amphetamines include Benzedrine, Adderall and Dexedrine. 'Speed' is a commonly used amphetamine, and takes its name from the physical and mental reaction the body produces following the intake of this substance. The synthetic substance Methamphetamine (also referred to as 'meth', 'crystal meth' or 'ice'), also falls into the amphetamine category. Amphetamines are typically injected or snorted by users, although it is also possible for users to consume them orally. The drugs are typically taken this way because the associated euphoric feeling with them is increased if the pills are smashed and then snorted, or dissolved in water and then injected.

Once absorbed into the bloodstream, users typically feel heightened alertness and energy, and an increased body temperature. This is because such drugs constrict blood vessels, and put the body into 'emergency mode' (also known as the 'fight or flight' stage), in which all senses are heightened, as if the body is coping with a state of shock or a possible harmful event or threat to its survival. This physical state also causes disruptions to the cardiovascular system, which can prove fatal.

Some users take amphetamines due to the 'buzz' or 'high' they get when taking them, while others take the drug to lose weight, as it suppresses hunger. Over time, tolerance to the drug increases, meaning that a user needs to take increasing amounts over a longer period to get a 'high', leading to a very powerful physical and psychological amphetamine addiction.

Do you or does someone you love have an amphetamine addiction? We can help at Step 1 Recovery. It is sometimes hard to accept or get a loved one to accept that they have a drug problem, and drug issues can affect anyone, regardless of their background or age. Call us today to see how a mindful and compassionate approach to drug addiction treatment can enable you or a family member to recover and live a drug-free life.

What signs should I look out for?

The physical side effects of amphetamines can vary greatly depending on a person's age, build and tolerance to the drug. Typical physical side effects include raised blood pressure and an increased heart rate, loss of libido, abdominal pain, appetite loss, nausea and weight loss. Other reports of side effects have mentioned nosebleeds, sweating, blurred vision, a dry mouth and constant grinding of the teeth.

Psychological side effects of amphetamines that can greatly affect the personal relationships of a user include increased mood swings, anxiety, irritability, repetitive behaviour, delusions and paranoia. If you or your loved one has been exhibiting such symptoms, get in touch with us today to see how we can help. At Step 1 Recovery, we can tailor a drug addiction treatment package that is bespoke to you, helping you to physically and psychologically break free from your amphetamine cravings.

Our approach to amphetamine addiction

Our professional team have plenty of experience in planning detoxes that help and support those that want to emancipate themselves from amphetamine addiction. We can give you effective guidance through a bespoke programme that focuses on healing your body, mind and soul with holistic practices, helping you walk away from drug abuse for good. We can offer a long term solution to your problem, and help you to understand why you may be considered an addict, whilst providing you with compassion and the determination you need to succeed. We are based in the sunny Costa Brava – a relaxing haven in Alicante where spending time in a warm and nourishing climate can work wonders on both mind and spirit.

What you can expect from us

We want your rehabilitation from amphetamine addiction to be as comfortable and enriching as possible. Our stunning retreat here at the Villa Camino de la Paz centre has been designed to give you the very best in luxurious comfort while you recover in the Spanish sunshine. We want you to concentrate on your treatment, recovery and well-being, and the decor of our facility has been carefully chosen to create a non-clinical, homely environment filled with natural light. Through mindfulness activities such as meditation, counselling and yoga, we can help you to re-focus your mindset so you can walk away from drug use and focus on relaxation and recuperation.

As part of your time with us, we will encourage you to take part in meditation, exercise, yoga and massage. Other services we offer will enable you to look after your personal appearance too, such as hairdressing and beauty therapies, helping you to feel good on the outside as well as on the inside. We will also focus on your nutrition so we can get your body back to a good healthy balance, with our gourmet chef ensuring that all meals eaten on site are full of nutrients that you need to allow your body to recover.

Our staff

Our well qualified, helpful and supportive staff are why we have so many success stories at our rehab clinic. We have been successful in rehabilitating many amphetamine users, helping them to kick their addiction and live a drug-free life. All of our staff members are deeply passionate and committed in supporting their clients at all times. We select our team for their experience and dedication to addiction therapy, as well as their sympathetic and positive approach. Rest assured that all of our staff exercise the utmost discretion at all times, as well as understanding.

Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you or a family member on their recovery journey. When you call us, you will speak to a friendly person at the other end of the phone who will remain non-judgemental. You can then give details about your problem, and will be asked further details on its nature, what you hope to achieve from rehabilitation, the length of time you'd be able to stay with us, and will receive more details on how we can assess and help your needs. Take that first step on your journey and contact us.

Meet The Team

Our multi-disciplined team are all industry-leading experts in their individual fields. They are dedicated to providing you with treatment, support, and care around the clock, for as long as you need it.

Graham Peasey


"If you had told me 15 years ago that I would one day get sober and become the founder of one of the...

Dr Ignacio Poole

Medical Practitioner

Dr Poole has been a European qualified specialist in family and community medicine since 1984. Estab...

Laura Smart

Certified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist

Laura is an experienced Integrative counsellor and group facilitator whose professional and therapeu...

Seth Bolton

Counsellor & Group Facilitator

Seth is a passionate and dedicated counsellor and group facilitator. He specialises in helping peop...

Ronald Clark

Financial Director

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Amanda O’Shea

Admissions Manager & Life Coach

As Head of Clinic, Amanda is the lead on the Admission process, coordinates the running of all bespo...

Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter



Matthew Armstrong

Transformation Expert

Matthew has dedicated his life to personal transformation. This lead him to read hundreds of books o...

Simone Beck

Yoga Instructor

Simone is a Yoga teacher trained in the prestigious tradition of Viniyoga. Viniyoga is the art of ad...

Mark Harris



Suzanne Stevens


Working within the food industry and as a Chef for over 25 years’ Suzanne adds a wealth of experie...

Cynthia Souiljaert

Head Housekeeper

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Dominik Sauter

Business Manager

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