Stimulants are a highly addictive category of drugs and typically fall into the amphetamine class. Stimulants are intended to increase alertness and attention while providing physical and mental energy. They also have direct effects on the body and can elevate blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. The effects can be performance-enhancing and even euphoric.
Types of Stimulants
Drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA are examples of illegal stimulants. They are extremely addictive and are some of the toughest drugs to quit. They can be taken orally, snorted, smoked, or injected.
- Crack cocaine
- Crystal meth
Individuals can also become addicted to prescription medications such as Adderall or Ritalin, which are prescribed by a doctor to treat conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These drugs should be used according to the prescription provided by a doctor. If abused, they can be very addictive and have long-term consequences.
Signs of Stimulant Addiction
Stimulants tend to give individuals extreme energy followed by fatigue just a few hours later. In order to maintain energy levels, those addicted to stimulants will take their drug of choice frequently or in larger amounts to receive the same type of high they’ve become used to.
Some side effects of stimulant abuse include:
- Anxiety or depression
- Shaking or tremors
- Constant cough (if smoking stimulants)
- Hallucinations or paranoia
- Dilated pupils
- Malnutrition or weight loss
If someone is experiencing withdrawal symptoms whenever they are not taking drugs, that is a clear indication of addiction.
There are also other indicators that are similar to other addictions, such as:
- Erratic sleep patterns
- Worrying about the next dose
- Lying about or hiding their drug use
- Spending too much money on the drug
- Choosing the drug over commitments such as school, work, or even relationships
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek professional help immediately.
Overcoming Stimulant Addiction Through Treatment
Stimulant treatment may involve detoxification as well as an individualized and comprehensive therapy plan. Detoxification should always be done with the help of professionals. While the drugs are leaving a person’s system, withdrawal symptoms will set in. The amount of time in detox depends on the length and severity of the stimulant addiction. It also depends on the type of drug. In some cases, medications may be used to reduce intense cravings.
Through our comprehensive therapy programs, we will work with individuals to address the causes behind their addiction and uncover any underlying issues such as mental health struggles and diagnosis. We offer individual, group, and family therapy because addiction affects more than just the individual.
If you or someone you love is addicted to stimulants, it’s time to seek professional help. At DreamLife Recovery in Donegal, PA, our trained professionals and staff will help you through treatment and on the way to a sober and happy life. Our treatment facility is located right outside of Pittsburgh and offers a safe and encouraging environment, surrounded by nature, to promote healing, growth, and recovery. You or your loved ones shouldn’t have to suffer from addiction any longer. Contact our admissions department to learn more and get the help you need.