Stimulant drugs are commonly abused due to their ability to suppress appetites, increase focus and attention and provide a sense of confidence and euphoria. They have also been termed ‘study drugs’ due to the popularity of university and college students using the drugs to help enhance and elongate their ability to concentrate.
The primary use of most prescription stimulant drugs is to treat disorders such as narcolepsy, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and depression, but these drugs have become available from illegal drug dealers and abused.
The most popular prescription stimulant drugs available are Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse. These drugs are not as addictive or lethal as their illegal counterpart, Methamphetamine (also known as ice or tina), but can still become addictive and negatively impact your health.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Medical Examiners Commission, has seen a 23% increase in instances where methamphetamines were found in a person’s system following their death in 2019. This is consistent with the overall trend of stimulant related drug problems that have arisen across the country.
What is a stimulant addiction?
A great number of people addicted to stimulant drugs first began taking them in order to improve an aspect of their life. Whether it might be their weight, their ability to socialize, concentrate or produce; it is easy to become reliant on stimulants to over-achieve. The issue is, once you begin to receive the positive effects of the drug; your ideal weight, top grades, acceptance into ‘the popular group’, the promotion you always wanted, you can then find yourself trapped in a vicious cycle.
Once the effects of stimulants wear off, the user will usually experience what is known as the ‘come down’ which can make the user feel depressed, anxious, worthless and lonely. Here, there are two options; find a healthy way to cope with the negative feelings and wait until they subside or continue to take more to mask those feelings.
Those that choose the latter may find an addiction develops rapidly. The brain will begin to adapt and resist the drugs, increasing the user’s tolerance and require a higher volume of drugs at a higher frequency which can easily spiral out of control and require urgent professional treatment.
Signs and symptoms of stimulant addiction
Beachcomber understands that addiction is a unique and devastating condition, and we never treat stimulant addiction with a ‘one size fits all’ approach. All our highly skilled professionals value the differences in people and, following extensive experience working with people affected by addiction, are able to recognize and identify similar indicators that a person is struggling with an addiction to stimulants. These include;
- An incoherent, rapid or slurred speech which can be difficult to follow or understand
- Quick, volatile, unpredictable mood swings
- Dilated pupils, heavy breathing and sweating
- Being evasive and secretive about who they are with or what they are doing
- Appearing to fake symptoms in order to get a doctor’s prescription
- Going to several different doctors, known as ‘doctor shopping’ to get prescriptions or multiple prescriptions
- Stealing friends, family members or partners medication
Treatment available for stimulant addiction
Although addiction can feel like an incredibly lonely place; there is help available. At Beachcomber, we understand what a huge, brave step it is to admit you have a problem and to accept help, and so we make sure our clients are at the center of everything we do.
Stimulant addiction, and in particular methamphetamine addiction, can require a patient to go through a withdrawal and detox process in order to move forward with their recovery. Stimulants take a heavy toll on the body generally, with methamphetamine and its many street variations, this is even more so true as suddenly stopping use will cause serious physical and psychological withdrawal issues.
We offer a mix of traditional and contemporary therapies to not only encourage and maintain abstinence but to also help you get to the root of the problem, to understand your addiction and take responsibility for your actions. Our highly skilled and compassionate practitioners are experienced in supporting people through addiction, providing the tools to start constructing a bright, safe future free from addiction.
Stimulant addiction treatment at Beachcomber includes:
- Inpatient Residential Treatment
- One-to-one Therapy
- Group therapy
- Family/couples therapy
- Rapid Resolution Therapy
- Outpatient Treatment
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- Acupuncture Therapy
- Yoga Therapy
- Meditation Therapy
- Light-Sound Neurotherapy