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Stimulants, commonly known as “uppers,” are drugs that lead to an increase in the central nervous system (CNS) activity, energy and alertness level. Creating a sense of well-being and euphoria, stimulants can be found in over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, illegal substances and herbal extracts. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2015, an estimated 1.7 million people aged 12 or older, or 0.6 percent of this population, were current misusers of stimulants.

Some of the common types of stimulants include:

  • Dexedrine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Crack
  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Concerta
  • Nicotine
  • Cocaine
  • Caffeine
  • Ecstasy

Stimulants act on the brain by enhancing the effect of neurotransmitters including norepinephrine and dopamine. Because these neurotransmitters are responsible for sensations of euphoria and alertness, stimulants tend to make people feel happy and productive.

Stimulants not only influence the brain – they also alter the functions of other internal organs including the heart and lungs. When individuals use stimulants, they often experience elevated blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. Unfortunately, stimulants can be addictive. Abusing stimulants may result in long-term health issues including cardiovascular problems, seizures and psychosis.

Stimulant overdose

Like most drugs, it is possible to overdose on stimulants. Some of the common signs of an overdose include:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Trembling
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Vomiting
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Seizures
  • Stroke

Since several of these symptoms can be fatal, signs of a stimulant overdose should be taken seriously. If one is afraid that he/she has taken too many stimulants, he/she should contact his/her doctor right away without any delay.

Treatment for stimulant addiction

Over one million Americans are living with stimulant dependence. Thankfully, it’s possible to recover from an addiction to stimulants through detoxification treatment, proper therapy, medication management and behavioral wellness skills.

The first step in recovering from an addiction to stimulants is to stop taking them by undergoing a detox program. Unfortunately – much like other drugs of abuse – quitting stimulants cold turkey can result in painful withdrawal symptoms. While the symptoms are rarely dangerous, they can be severe and may keep a person from successfully quitting.

Stimulant withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Slowed speech
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Weight loss
  • Sleep problems
  • Impaired memory

One way to combat stimulant withdrawal symptoms is by receiving medically supervised stimulants detox treatment at one of the best stimulants detox centers.

Sovereign Health specializes in offering such treatments. Under the guidance of experienced medical professionals, individuals addicted to stimulants are made to undergo a customized detox program. The treatment is, then, continued with some specific medications and interventions that help reduce the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms and increase the comfort level during the first steps of recovery.

After detox, individuals with stimulant dependence may benefit from entering a stimulant treatment program, where they can receive evidence-based therapy to target their cravings. Behavioral therapy, contingency management and cognitive behavioral therapy are all effective treatments for stimulant addiction. Support groups may also serve as a stimulant addiction treatment.

For more information about finding help for someone with an addiction to stimulants or related amphetamine dependence treatment at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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