Do You Suffer From Stimulant Drug Addiction?
Stimulants, sometimes known as “uppers,” speed up the central nervous system to increase mental function. They are sometimes legal and sometimes illegal; however, all types of stimulants are addictive and dangerous. They produce tolerance and dependency, and overdose is possible.
Information About Stimulants
There are many kinds of stimulants — for example, coffee is a stimulant, and so is nicotine. Certain drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall, are used to treat concentration and learning problems associated with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Other drugs are used for weight loss, and some aid in smoking cessation and nasal congestion. Illicit drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, are abused for the high they produce. MDMA is a stimulant as well as a designer “club” drug — in pure form, it is sometimes used in research. All stimulants heighten mental alertness, reduce sleep and appetite, and increase activity and arousal.
People who abuse stimulants are at a high risk of developing addiction. They produce tolerance, which means taking more and more is necessary to get the same high. If abuse continues for an extended period of time, physical dependence develops, which means functioning without the drug becomes extremely difficult. Physical dependence also makes internal damage more likely — for example, people who are addicted to methamphetamine sometimes develop brain damage if they don’t stop using before it’s too late.
Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects
Stimulant abuse produces a variety of serious physical and psychological problems, including addiction. Quitting results in uncomfortable physical withdrawal symptoms that can last for days or longer without help; psychologically, depression and anxiety can last for months. Cravings to use again persist, often for an extended period of time. People who abuse stimulants usually have periods of euphoria or excitability followed by exhaustion and depression. Decreased appetite and changes in weight, rushed speech, insomnia, uncomfortable changes in heart rate and blood pressure, fever and intense paranoia are common in those who are addicted to stimulants. People who abuse meth might also have a condition called meth mouth, caused by teeth grinding, lack of hygiene and poor diet.
If you have noticed these symptoms, a substance abuse problem most likely exists. Socially, you might also observe:
- Lying about how much and how frequently I use drugs
- Doing drugs all day long, or in increasing frequency as time passes
- Feeling angry and anxious when drugs aren’t available
- Problems with memory, thinking clearly and problem solving
- Using to avoid withdrawal
- Increasing problems with loved ones, at work, with money or the law
- Getting more than one prescription, just in case I run out
- Taking more than the prescribed dose to get high
- Chopping and snorting a prescription to get high faster
- Combining drugs to get a stronger high
If you have noticed any of these problems, it’s time to get sober.
12 Keys Rehab Can Help You
At the stimulant drug rehab at 12 Keys Rehab, we know exactly how difficult quitting drugs can be because we are recovered addicts ourselves. Every day, we teach and demonstrate to our small clientele how to live a successful and sober lifestyle.
From helping you manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms to teaching you how to beat the cravings associated with quitting, the staff at 12 Keys Rehab is here for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us now for more information — your call is free and confidential, and there is no obligation to enroll. Let us help you find your path to freedom, starting right now.