Stimulants Abuse and Addiction
Oftentimes, drug abuse and addiction begins with a simple prescription. Medications prescribed for ADD, ADHD, weight loss and narcolepsy are classified as stimulants and carry a high risk of dependency and abuse.
Stimulants are drugs that increase the body’s activity in some way. They temporarily increase mental alertness and physical energy. This pleasurable feeling is highly addictive.
In a person with ADHD, stimulant prescription drugs can have a calming and focusing effect. In a person who does not have ADHD, these drugs have the opposite effect.
There is a debate as to whether medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse are necessary at all, since children often outgrow the symptoms of hyperactivity. Some experts contend that hyperactivity is a normal part of childhood.
Adults with ADD or ADHD can learn behavior- and thought-modification techniques to improve their thinking skills and mood without the use of stimulants.
Prescription Drug Rehab
Prescription drug rehabilitation helps people who:
- Have become addicted to what started as a simple prescription at the doctor’s office
- Have developed a drug abuse problem and sought more and more prescription drugs illegally
- Began illegally misusing prescription drugs
People who take prescription stimulants often develop a tolerance due to the chemical effects of these drugs. Then, they require a greater dose to reap the same benefits. This can lead to misuse, doctor shopping and illegal acquisition of pills.
Even people who’ve never had a prescription for a stimulant often seek these pills out because they’ve heard about the potential performance-enhancing effects for athletes and scholars. However, research proves that students without ADHD who use stimulants actually have poorer grades than those who do not use.
Methamphetamine damages the mind, body and spirit of its prey so evidently that it’s written on their faces. Pockmarks, open sores, deep facial lines and aged, darkened skin displays outwardly the person’s inner psychological pain.
The person addicted to meth struggles with a stressful life magnified by the roller coaster of highs followed by crashes. Over and over. Up and down until the toll is meted out in poverty, prison or death.
That is unless the person addicted to meth gets help in recovery. If you or someone you care about is on the downward leg of the roller coaster, getting them into a stimulants addiction treatment program can be the saving of their life.
At Elevate Addiction Services, for example, meth and other stimulant addiction treatment involves three main phases:
- Physical Healing
- Emotional Healing
Each client at Elevate is offered individualized care and does not move on from one phase to the next until they are fully ready to do so. Aftercare is offered after completing our inpatient program, which lasts 90 days for most clients.
Prescription Stimulants and Rehab
Prescription stimulant drugs are comprised of a similar biochemical structure to that of methamphetamine and hold the same potential for dependency, tolerance and abuse. Ritalin and Concerta are methylphenidates, while Adderall, Dexedrine and Vyvanse are amphetamines.
Long-term heavy use of drugs like Adderall results in health risks, including:
- Sleep Problems
- No Motivation
- Panic Attacks
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Organ Damage
- Brain Damage
As the number of diagnoses of ADHD has risen over the years and the number of prescriptions has risen to match the diagnoses, so has the misuse and nonmedical diversion of the drugs. Stimulants addiction treatment has become a mainstay in professional rehab centers today.
Simply being dependent on a brain-altering drug is worrisome enough to seek treatment. People with adult ADHD can successfully get off ADD and ADHD medications and enjoy a life without being tied to psychotropic drugs.
Part of our mission at Elevate Addiction Services is to help people attain optimum health through holistic means. We provide professional guidance in weaning off stimulants for people struggling with addiction. This allows them to see what life can be like drug-free.
Adults who have been taking prescription drugs long term, even since childhood, can become free from, and realize they don’t need to live with, addiction to stimulants.
We know what the devastating consequences of meth addiction can do to a person, but did you know the same substance, methamphetamine, is the sole active ingredient in Desoxyn? Desoxyn is another prescription drug for ADHD, similar to Ritalin and Adderall but more potent.
Desoxyn can be a very dangerous stimulant and is prescribed less often than the others because of its injurious nature. Desoxyn has been known to trigger psychotic episodes and mood disorders in individuals who have not previously had mental health issues. Overdosing on Desoxyn can cause serious cardiovascular events.
Desoxyn detox requires a supportive and supervised environment due to the extreme withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include aggression and violence toward others, as well as risk of suicide. There are no medications approved to manage withdrawal from Desoxyn, so recovery focuses on managing behavioral strategies and other therapies.
Vyvanse Addiction Treatment
Vyvanse was originally introduced as a safer alternative to Adderall and Ritalin. Medical professionals claimed that taking one dose per day in an extended-release formula would offer less potential for abuse. However, Vyvanse is now rivaling Adderall when it comes to the drug of choice for college students cramming for tests on campuses across America.
Because Vyvanse, like other stimulants, alters the user’s brain chemicals, it has severe negative side effects when taken recreationally. It also causes chemical dependency quickly. So, even a short-term recreational user needs to taper off slowly or suffer withdrawal when desiring to quit using Vyvanse.
Ritalin is mostly prescribed to children, but also widely sold or given away to other students wanting an edge in academic success. It is also commonly abused by professionals, athletes and anyone looking to improve their performance and energy.
It stimulates endorphins, so people often feel good or high while taking it and quickly become hooked. If desiring to quit using Ritalin, individuals will go through a non-life-threatening withdrawal phase, but may experience symptoms such as extreme fatigue, depression and irregular sleep patterns.
Ending Ritalin addiction usually involves gradually tapering off the drug, and then the rehabilitation process follows that of other stimulant drugs.
There Is Hope Through Stimulants Addiction Treatment
Abuse and dependency to prescription stimulants share much in common with the street drug meth. And in the case of Desoxyn, meth is the active ingredient.
Once a person or their family member realizes how dangerous these drugs are, they can begin the process of recovery. Imagine how great it will feel to be yourself without needing a potent drug like methamphetamine.