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Effects & Abuse
Stimulants are a classification of drugs which raise the levels of certain chemicals in the brain and other parts of the body. As a result, the user experiences increased focus, alertness, decreased appetite, and often, euphoria. These drugs range from prescription study drugs such as Adderall, antidepressants like Prozac, steroids and diet pills.
These drugs have a high potential for abuse and addiction, due in part to their relationship with dopamine, the chemical responsible for producing feelings of pleasure. Once stimulants have been used in excess, the brain is incapable of producing dopamine on its own and a vicious cycle begins as the user takes more to feel “normal.” Abuse occurs when someone takes a controlled substance without a prescription, or increases their prescription doses without a doctor’s consent.
- Almost 16 million prescriptions for stimulants were written in 2012; almost triple the amount that was written only four years before in 2008
- In 2012 alone, over 116,000 people were admitted to a rehab facility for an addiction to stimulants
- Full-time college students are twice as likely to abuse study drugs than those not enrolled in college
- From 2002 to 2013, there was a 58% increase in treatment admissions for an addiction to stimulants.
- 15,585 ER visits concerning ADHD treatment medications were reported in 2010
Symptoms and Warning Signs
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of appetite
- Secretive behavior
- Bloodshot eyes
- Financial difficulties
- Slurred speech
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Mental confusion
Withdrawal & Detox
There are multiple ways to go through withdrawal, but as with most other withdrawal cases it can look different for each person. The key to starting withdrawal is to be motivated to change your lifestyle. Withdrawal is not easy. A medical detox is recommended, which is the process of getting the drug out of your system.
Treatment & Rehab
Treating an addiction is a learning process, as your body and mind learn how to live without the drug. During treatment, some side effects, such as fatigue and depression, make it hard to quit and often leads to a relapse.
Once a user has begun withdrawal, and the drug has left their system, treatment consists of ongoing therapy and support to maintain their sobriety. Balboa Horizons’ rehab facilities are able to treat those with an addiction with a high rate of success. Rehab provides structure and an environment free of stressors and temptation.