Stimulant Addiction Treatment

Stimulants, also known as “uppers,” are a type of medications associated with an increased production and release of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, movement and attention. When used judiciously, these drugs produce a number of therapeutic effects. However, when abused, they may have numerous severe, possibly fatal, side effects on the user.

Though present naturally in the form of caffeine and nicotine, stimulants can also be produced synthetically. Some of the common examples of synthetically produced stimulants are prescription drugs like Ritalin, Adderall and Dexedrine. A highly effective treatment for conditions like sleep apnea and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the misuse of these drugs is mostly prevalent among young people, especially among students who find these to be an effective way to increase alertness as well as stay awake and focused through long hours of studying. However, the abuse is not limited to young people; even adults have been reportedly using these medications for various purposes.

Some non-prescription drugs are also classified as stimulants. Ephedrine is one such over-the-counter (OTC) medication that is an active ingredient found in Sudafed and other nasal decongestants. A driver’s license or another form of identification is required to purchase it because it can be used to produce methamphetamine. Ephedrine was once used as a common ingredient in weight loss drugs because it stimulated metabolism, however, its use has been discontinued because of its potential health risks.

Even street drugs like cocaine fall under the umbrella of stimulants. Cocaine is responsible for more trips to hospital emergency rooms than any other illicit substance. It can be snorted, smoked or injected. A patient who has overdosed on cocaine may experience any number of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and vertigo. According to the University of Arizona, “fatal cocaine overdoses are usually related to seizures, cardiac arrhythmias, or respiratory failures.”

MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, is another popular illegal drug known for its euphoric effects and hallucinatory experiences. It is especially popular among high school and college students; is often consumed in capsule or powder form, but can be swallowed as a liquid or snorted as a powder as well. Also known as Molly, its use is often associated with Raves – dance parties where many people in attendance use the drug.

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Symptoms of stimulants abuse

Stimulants abuse can happen in many ways. Abusing these drugs over a long period can lead to stimulant dependence, which, in turn, can have severe consequences, such as:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Pupillary dilatation
  • Agitation
  • Increased alertness
  • Euphoria
  • Paranoia
  • Pressured speech
  • Flight of ideas

When a person attempts to quit or reduce the consumption of stimulants, he/she may experience one or more of the following withdrawal effects:

  • Sedation
  • Depressed mood
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Decreased attention
  • Irritation
  • Sleep disturbance

Seeking treatment for stimulants addiction

The treatment for stimulants addiction begins with a detox program that allows the patients to get rid of the toxins that may have built up in the bodies because of an addiction.

After completion of the detoxification treatment, patients may have several options for continuing the treatment process, including:

  • Partial Hospitalization (PHP): This program enables patients to control their dependence on stimulants by utilizing supervised clinical services. The patient’s specific needs are kept in mind while designing the treatment plan, however, due focus is given to factors like relapse prevention and the need for inpatient treatment.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): This approach consists of regularly scheduled patient-focused sessions. It is used as an alternative to intensive levels of treatment but provides patients with the right kind of help and support that they need.
  • Residential Treatment: People recovering from addiction to stimulants can greatly benefit from living in an environment with those who are facing the same challenge. People trained to offer round the clock services to patients manage these facilities and ensure that the patient recovers in comforting and relaxing surroundings.
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Why choose Sovereign Health of Florida?

Stimulants addiction can take a toll on an individual’s life in ways worse than one can anticipate. We, at Sovereign Health of Florida, understand this fact and therefore, offer numerous comprehensive and effective treatment programs for those who need help for addiction to stimulants. Our treatment programs undertake a full evaluation of the patient’s physical and mental well-being, thereby, ensuring that the root of the problem is identified and treated.

What also makes us different from others is the fact that before a patient with addiction problem undergoes the necessary treatment, he is thoroughly assessed for any underlying issues that may be fueling the addiction. All our treatment programs begin with a stimulants detox treatment offered at one of our stimulants detox centers. This is done to ensure that the patient’s body is completely free of all the harmful substances that may create a roadblock in the recovery path. Our holistic approach to treatment allows us to facilitate a complete and lasting recovery for our patients.

If you or your loved one is struggling with an addiction to stimulants, there is nothing to fret about. Call us on our 24/7 helpline or chat online and allow our trained counselors to find the best suitable program for you.

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The dual diagnosis program was what attracted me to Sovereign Health. My therapist was always open for discussion and the group sessions were very informative and educational.