Stimulant addiction among students and stay at home moms has increasingly become a growing concern in America. ‘Study drugs’ have become popular on college campuses without any concern from students as to the potential for addiction. The fact is that these drugs are habit-forming and, depending on the severity of use, pose a great risk for dependency. Further, stopping stimulant abuse can lead to serious health repercussions. Addiction to and abuse of stimulant medication can happen right under your nose. Thus, at Gallus Detox, we provide the resources you need to prevent and address stimulant use.
What are Stimulants?
Stimulants are classified as psychoactive medications. They work by accelerating short-term responses in mental and/or physical functions. Individuals who take this type of drug will likely see the following:
- Increase in energy
- Better concentration
- A type of ‘rush’ or euphoric sensation
Adderall and Ritalin are used to control the symptoms of ADHD but have been abused for non-prescriptive reasons such as enhancing academic performance and as a diet aid. SAMHSA reported that over 10% of high school students use stimulant medication recreationally. Other stimulants include ephedrine, caffeine, cocaine, and meth. All of this stimulant medication has been linked to addiction. Additionally, it is not uncommon for prescription stimulant abuse to be a stepping stone to other illicit drug use.
Signs and Symptoms of Abusing Stimulant Medication
Persons addicted to stimulants may experience the following:
- Reliance on the drug to get through the day and function normally
- Reduction in appetite and weight loss
- Insomnia and restlessness
- Increasing the amount taken to achieve the same effects
- Anxiety, aggressive behavior, paranoia, and nightmares
It is not uncommon for stimulant medication addiction to occur as a result of a mental health disorder such as bipolar disorder or depression. Individuals with these types of disorders will experience periods of “low mood” and may resort to using stimulants to enhance their mood and energy. Depending on the severity of use, the first step in treating stimulant medication addiction is detox. There are several ways to stop stimulant abuse. However, the most recommended method is via a professional medical detox facility. Medical detox will use a particular proven medication protocol to remove the drugs from the body, while also addressing withdrawal symptoms and keeping the patient comfortable. Most doctors suggest that IV therapy is perhaps the best method for medical detox available.
Gallus Detox Centers
Most medical professionals understand that the vast majority of addictions occur as a result of some other issue. Seeking assistance through an aftercare program once detox is complete, such as through rehab counseling or behavioral therapy, is strongly encouraged to help get to the source of the substance abuse. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery, whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program, or additional counseling. Call 888.228.9114 to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.