Stimulants are addictive substances that come in many forms. Legally prescribed stimulants, like those prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), can be habit-forming and addictive. Even a seemingly innocuous and legal stimulant such as coffee can be harmful to those in recovery from stimulant addiction and abuse.
Stimulants give the user a feeling of increased energy, euphoria, improved concentration, and stamina.
Illegal drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine can cause serious long-term health problems, and the risk of death with overdose is high.
How addictive are stimulants?
Stimulants are highly addictive and habit-forming substances. In 2013, over 3.5 million children in the United States were given stimulant medication for ADHD. And in 2012, over 16 million adults in the United States have been prescribed a stimulant.
The country is effectively awash in them, making them easy to obtain for a fix. Addicts will root through the medicine cabinets of family and friends looking for common stimulant prescriptions. The off-label use of prescription stimulants is one of the most common illicit drug abuses in the country, second only to marijuana.
What stimulant drugs are the most addictive?
Cocaine and crack cocaine are considered some of the most addictive stimulant drugs.
Will stopping the use of stimulant drugs cause withdrawal symptoms?
The withdrawal symptoms from a stimulant addiction are unpleasant and depending on the type of stimulant used and the severity of the addiction can be protracted. Withdrawal symptoms can include the following:
- Poor concentration
- Increased appetite
- Sleep disturbances
What are the health risks of long-term cocaine use?
Cocaine abuse can lead to long-term and serious health risks for the user.
Risks include the following:
- Movement disorders
- Severe paranoia
The method of consuming cocaine also comes with a host of serious health complications.
Cocaine is often snorted in powder form. Since it is a harsh and foreign substance, it irritates the lining of the nose and the sinus cavities. Nosebleeds, loss of smell, rhinitis, and problems with swallowing can occur.
If cocaine is ingested via the mouth, blood flow to the bowel is reduced, resulting in bowel decay.
Needle injection of cocaine involves the risk of contracting a bloodborne illness, such as HIV and hepatitis C. Cocaine use is judgment impairing, leading some to engage in a risky sexual behavior, and resulting in sexually transmitted infections.
Can you overdose on prescription stimulant medication?
Yes, it is possible to overdose on a prescription stimulant. When the drug is consumed off-label, meaning without a medically obtained prescription, and more than the recommended dosage is taken, an overdose can occur.
Signs of a stimulant overdose:
- Rapid breathing
- Confusion and aggression
In addition, an irregular heartbeat can occur, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Blood pressure becomes abnormal and can cause circulation failure, a coma and death can result if not treated quickly and effectively.
What is the best way to overcome a stimulant addiction?
Stimulant drug addictions are entrenched and difficult to shake, but there is hope. The best way to overcome any drug addiction is with proven, scientific methods, individualized planning, and with support and compassion.
Suffering from drug addiction is lonely and can seem like there is no way out. But the science of addiction and the methods for overcoming it have been extensively studied, and there are many supportive resources that sufferers can take advantage of to overcome the pain of addiction.
Because stimulants such as cocaine are toxic, a process of detoxification must occur. Undergoing this process at a facility while under the care of medically trained staff can lessen the harsh effects of detoxification and withdrawal. Withdrawal is undertaken in a comfortable and safe environment, and those in recovery are monitored and supported during the process.
Legally prescribed medication can be administered under the care and guidance of a rehabilitation center, softening the blows of withdrawal.
Also, custom-made therapy regimens and plans are formed and begun in a rehabilitation center, offering much-needed support for those in recovery and adding a new, progressive facet to their treatment program.
At Casa Capri, those in recovery from a stimulant addiction are treated with respect and care. The facility here is supportive, comfortable, and the treatment is holistic. Friendships are formed, and a life ravaged by addiction is healed. Please contact Casa Capri today and begin the journey to wholeness and well-being today.
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