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Addicted To Speed

Updated on July 17, 2011

A Sense Of Well Being

Amphetamine Addiction

Many have been addicted to speed, or amphetamines, as they are properly classified. They are drugs which increase body metabolism. They are powerful stimulants and also very addictive. Addiction to these substances occurs because they excite the central nervous system and creates an overall sense of well being. This feeling can last for varying amounts of time, depending on what amphetamine is used and the manner in which it was ingested. It  can be injected, smoked or snorted.

An amphetamine user may display such behavior as decreased appetite, increased energy, hypothermia, or raised body temperature, intensified activity, attention to detail and increased respiration. A tendency to talk at length unnecessarily is also prominently noticeable.

Tolerance To Drug Rises

The addiction begins after the body’s tolerance to the drug rises. More and more of the drug is needed to maintain a user’s high. Once the effect of well being subsides a user may show signs of agitation or display violent behavior.

I know about this subject because during a short period in my younger days I experimented with several types. I was introduced to a mild form while I was serving in the Marines on Okinawa by a friend. I don’t know its’ clinical classification but the street name for it was “slash p’s”. They resembled aspirins with a slash, or groove rather, across them. And in Okinawa, they were legal and could be bought across the counter. But legal or not they still produced a mild euphoria and increased energy. I only used them a few times since they interfered with my sleep and left me exhausted.

I First Used Amphetamines

However, I first used amphetamines much earlier than those days. My older brother and I shared a small apartment and worked at the same company at the time. From time to time He would pick up hitch hikers and somehow they would end up at our place. These people were typically drug users. As you’ve probably gathered by now, my brother was one as well.

Thus, he once procured a small supply of something called “black beauties” which he coaxed me into trying. Although I didn’t get hooked on them, I did use them for a while. These capsules made the world seem as if everything and everyone were moving slower than I was. Therefore, I felt like the comic book hero “The Flash”. I also couldn’t stop talking. We cornered our land lady one Saturday morning and talked her ears off. She probably suspected we were on something but didn’t say anything about it. Later that morning our appetite kicked in and we walked downtown to a small restaurant to get breakfast. My brother had the stash of speed on him.

Irrational Behavior

To illustrate how irrational a person using amphetamines can be, here is an example of first class stupidity. We sat down at a table next to a uniformed police officer and struck up a running conversation. We then invited ourselves to sit at his table and proceeded to talk nonstop. We also each popped another pill right under his nose! Amazingly, the policeman didn’t catch on. He finished his meal, wished us well and said goodbye. Although what we did was senseless, we felt we had accomplished some astonishing feat.

But the day wasn’t over yet. From the restaurant we continued our trek downtown rapidly passing all the people who were apparently moving in slow motion. We stopped in a grocery store to get a soda and came out with two bags of groceries. Those were going to be eaten as soon as we got home.

So, we started back towards our apartment. A little ways down the street was a railroad crossing and as luck would have it a freight train was passing through. It also seemed it was going in slow motion. In my state I quickly became impatient since it seemed like it was taking an eternity for the train to pass. The train had a lot of box cars with the doors open. So, a flash of genius struck me. I would simply grab hold of the rungs on one of the cars, climb up and jump out the other side. All this while still carrying a bag of groceries.

In reality, the train was traveling at least 50 mph. I started to implement my plan but my brother held me back. Apparently the effects of his drug were wearing off. Had it not been for that I would have become another statistic. However, we reached home without further incident.

Another time, a few transients were spending a few days at our apartment and we had partied until the wee hours of the morning. I however, was scheduled to work the next morning. With the ensuing hangover and total exhaustion I couldn’t drag myself out of bed. There was only 30 minutes until I would be counted absent. One of our guests realized I was going to need a little help. He produced a tiny green speck of a pill and gave it to me. Minutes later I was tying my tennis shoes and heading out the door. It was 2 miles to where I worked at Merita Bakery. I ran the entire way and arrived with 5 minutes to spare. Work that day was a breeze. However, I spent the next 2 days sleeping.

Oddly enough, I was never suspected of using speed…that is until I wasn’t doing it anymore. I found that over the counter caffeine pills, such as NoDoz seemed to boost my energy. One of my coworkers saw me take a few several times one day and reported to my supervisor I was popping pills. I had a heck of a time trying to find the empty package to prove my innocence.

My brother and I stopped abusing drugs many years ago...we're not stupid ya know!


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    • pressingtheissue profile image


      7 years ago from Pa

      Great hub! I used to snort crystal meth and cocaine at the same time. One day I snorted what I thought was a large line of coke... Well it was meth, and I almost died. Never used meth again, and now I'm finally a sober individual!

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I’m so glad you have changed! Take a bow! Getting stoned and stupid on pills and alcohol, is the easiest way to loose your dignity and the respect of your loved-ones and fellow-man. They may still love you, have sympathy and empathy with you, but they will not be able to hold you in high esteem.

    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Read my story LIFE AS AN ALCOHOLIC. Tough love by my sister turned me around.

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      Lucky Cats 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for this. My younger brother is still fighting this demon. Try as he might, it always gets the best of him. I hope he sees the light someday. We've all tried in so many ways to "reach him."

    • twentyfive profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience, now I know why a friend acts so weird..

    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Didn't you know that people who are high can drive better than when they're sober? Just ask any one of them.

    • bayoulady profile image


      8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      It will truly make you act unreasonably. I have never taken anything, but as a teacher,I have seen a few parents that had to have been taking something other than alchohol(sniffing, hyper,strange pupils,etc.). It is really scary to think that they just drove their 7 year old to school in that condition.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      JY, A lot of young people experimented with upper type drugs for a period of time but thank goodness you and your brother walked away from them.


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