Stimulants are one of the three main classes of drugs. The other two classes are depressants and hallucinogens. Drugs are categorized into these classes based on how they affect the brain and nervous systems of the user. In this blog, we will be focusing on stimulants: their uses, examples and effects
What are stimulants?
Stimulants get their name from how they interact with the brain and central nervous system of the user. When you take a stimulant, you may feel more alert or attentive as a result of the drug stimulating or speeding up the communication between your brain and nervous system. Another effect of many stimulant drugs is the feeling of euphoria. Stimulants create a buildup of Dopamine in your brain, which creates feelings of well-being, happiness, love and gratitude.
Examples of stimulants
From illegal drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine to common prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall, the popular recreational use of stimulants can be attributed to the euphoric “highs” experienced by the drug users. Here is a list of the most common stimulant drugs. Illicit stimulant drugs – Some of the most popular illicit drugs are stimulants. These drugs are illegal because of their highly addictive nature and severe withdrawal symptoms.
- Cocaine (crack)
- Methamphetamine (speed, crystal meth)
- MDMA (ecstasy)
Prescription stimulant drugs – Some prescription drugs also fall under the stimulant class. They are used to treat conditions ranging from narcolepsy and depression to ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). When taken as prescribed, these stimulants are safe and helpful. However, like any drug, when a prescription stimulant is abused, it may lead to an addiction.
- Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
- Amphetamines (Adderall)
Other stimulant drugs – Besides illicit and prescription stimulant drugs, there are a few other examples of stimulants. These drugs are neither illegal nor prescription because their effects are less potent than other stimulants.
Although grouped together because of their common characteristics, each stimulant also has unique effects and symptoms. People usually begin using stimulants because of the desire to achieve:
- Euphoric high
- Feelings of love, happiness and gratitude
- Increased energy
- Increased alertness and attention
After continued use, the stimulant drug user must increase the dosage of the stimulant to achieve the same desired effect because their brain begins to develop a dependency on the substance. The increased dosages often increase the other, more dangerous effects of the stimulants and can lead to drug addiction. Misuse and abuse of stimulants causes:
- Panic attacks
- Mood disturbances
- Heart attack
For someone addicted to stimulant use, the withdrawal symptoms can be equally dangerous. If you or someone you love are addicted to stimulant drugs, there is help. Gallus Detox provides professional, supervised medical drug detox care in a safe and confidential environment. Take the first step to regaining your life, today! Contact Gallus Detox online or call us at 855-338-6929.