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Medically Assisted Stimulant Detox

Gallus Medical Detox leads the industry in helping people detox from stimulants. Using our proprietary IV and oral medication protocol, we are able to keep patients comfortable while they are going through stimulant withdrawal. We provide a wide range of addiction treatment options administered by highly qualified medical staff.

Stimulant withdrawal symtoms can be extremely uncomfortable, and even dangerous, so it is important to undergo detox with the medical supervision of experienced health care providers at a reputable treatment center.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction to stimulants or another substance, reach out to Gallus Medical Detox. Our staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our addiction treatment and detox process.

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Types of Stimulants

Stimulants are a class of drugs that affect the body’s central nervous system and enhance neurotransmitter activity in the brain. They increase alertness, attention, and energy. Adverse effects include elevated blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. Prolonged use of stimulants leads to dependence, addiction, and a number of negative and potentially harmful effects.

Stimulants speed up mental and physical processes, which can produce desirable effects in the short-term by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain. While users may feel great due to the short-term effects of stimulants, long-term stimulant abuse can have significant consequences and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, which is why it is so important for those who abuse these drugs to get help as quickly as possible.

There are both legal and illicit stimulants, and both categories are commonly abused. Some of the most commonly abused stimulants include cocaine, methamphetamine, and prescription stimulants, like Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta.

Different types of stimulants include:

Methamphetamines
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant, more commonly known simply as “meth.” It is usually found in either powder or crystal form, and it can be used in a multitude of fashions, from smoking the drug to injecting it intravenously. Its popularity as a recreational drug is due to the initial rush of euphoria that accompanies it. However, once that initial rush has passed, emotions generally get more negative, with feelings of anger and fear being common during the “crash.”
Cocaine and crack cocaine
One of the most well-known stimulants in the world, cocaine is a highly addictive drug made from and named for the South American coca plant. Cocaine usually comes in the form of a fine white powder, though the popular “crack” form comes as crystallized rocks. Cocaine and crack cocaine can be used via a multitude of methods; the most common form of ingestion for powdered cocaine is snorting the drug, and the most common method for crack cocaine is to smoke it.
Medications used to treat ADHD
Prescription stimulant drugs like Ritalin and Adderall are often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition that affects an individual’s ability to focus and control impulses. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11 percent of people 4-17 years old had been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. While prescription stimulants can be necessary for those who actually suffer from ADHD, they are commonly abused by those without the disorder in an effort to improve focus or cognitive capabilities. They are often referred to as “study drugs” and abused by high school and college students who take them before cramming for finals or in an effort to manage the many demands of an active academic, extracurricular, and social schedule. According to the CDC, about 20 percent of high school students in 2009 admitted to taking a prescription stimulant without a valid prescription. In some instances, individuals become addicted to stimulants after using a prescription medication (such as Adderall) for a prolonged period of time. They may not even realize that an addiction has developed until they attempt to stop their medication. In other cases, a person may use prescription or illegal stimulants recreationally for the "high" they create, and may find that a dependence develops with regular use. Regardless of how addiction occurs, symptoms of stimulant withdrawal can be difficult to manage without treatment, leading to physical and mental health issues.

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How do I know if I need stimulant detox?

Regular or prolonged stimulant use may lead to the development of tolerance, as well as physical and psychological dependence. Once the body becomes dependent upon a drug, it can be difficult to function normally without it and the person may experience withdrawal symptoms.

Stimulant drugs are highly addictive and very difficult to withdraw from without professional substance abuse treatment. Some stimulant withdrawal symptoms may lead to health complications and require immediate medical attention. The safest way to detox from stimulants and other drugs is in a medically-supervised treatment facility where doctors and nurses can monitor your vital signs and withdrawal symptoms.
If you believe that you have formed an addiction to stimulants and notice that uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms occur when you attempt to stop using the substance, you should seek professional medical advice to determine if you need detox for substance abuse.

Stimulant Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms

Generally, medical detox is recommended for those suffering from long-term substance abuse, polysubstance abuse, or co-occurring disorders (when another mental health disorder occurs alongside the addiction). In a professional facility, clients are monitored around the clock while the drugs of abuse are processed out of the body. If any complications arise, medical professionals can act quickly. In addition, medications may be administered to address specific physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal to make the process as comfortable as possible. Supportive care in the form of proper nutrition, hydration, and encouragement is also given during stimulant withdrawal and detox.

Gallus Medical Detox treats individuals who are struggling with substance use or addiction and may meet the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder.

Depending on the type of stimulant and severity of use, people detoxing from stimulants may experience slightly different stimulant withdrawal symptoms, ranging from mild to severe symptoms. Physical and psychological symptoms of stimulant withdrawal often include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Slowed movements
  • Impaired memory and cognition
  • Heart problems
  • Loss of interest
  • Increased appetite
  • Body aches
  • Cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS)

Stimulant withdrawal symptoms aren’t necessarily life threatening, but they can be painful and uncomfortable, especially during the acute withdrawal phase. The intense cravings during stimulant withdrawal can lead to recurrent stimulant use and continued addiction.

Gallus provides substance abuse treatment to overcome stimulant addiction and withdrawal through effective, safe, and comfortable detox provided by our highly trained experts.

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The Gallus Method of Stimulant Detox

At Gallus Medical Detox, we offer safe, effective, and personalized treatment, the Gallus Method.

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The key features of Gallus Medical Detox include:

Individual treatment plans
Psychological, physical, and social assessments
24/7 medical supervision
Cardiac telemetry and video technology
Adjustments to treatment plans to suit our patients’ needs
An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery
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If you or a loved one are experiencing withdrawal symptoms related to prescription drug addiction, or suspect that you may have a substance use disorder, contact us and take your first steps toward achieving recovery comfortably.

The Gallus Medical Detox program has been proven to help individuals safely and comfortably overcome their dependence on drugs and alcohol and begin the journey to lasting recovery. For more information, speak with a member of our staff confidentially today.

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