Stimulants belong to a class of drugs that are known to induce feelings of well-being, increase energy, and lift overall mood. Stimulant drugs are able to prompt these effects by fueling activity in the central and sympathetic peripheral nervous system. Due to these highly desired effects, many stimulants are on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Schedule II list, meaning they have a high potential for abuse.

This class of drugs includes both prescription drugs and illicit street drugs. They can be used in a variety of ways – snorted, injected, taken in pill form, or smoked as crystals. The means in which these drugs are consumed impacts the rate of absorption, and therefore, affects the duration and strength of the high. Swallowing the substance in pill form will produce a longer, less intense high. Whereas snorting, injecting, or smoking stimulant drugs will produce the rapid onset of an intense, but short-lived, period of euphoria. In most cases, the rapid onset of a high is accompanied by a stronger crash.

What are Some Examples of Stimulant Drugs?

  • Cocaine
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Amphetamine
  • MDMA
  • Ritalin
  • Adderall
  • Concerta

Initially, the temporary euphoric feelings are what draw people to abuse stimulants. However, with chronic use, these feelings can only be achieved with higher doses of the drug.

Signs and Symptoms of Stimulant Addiction

Both short and long-term stimulant abuse can cause an array of negative symptoms – one of the most serious being a physical dependence. Once a stimulant drug dependence has formed, these symptoms will become more severe, especially in the case of withdrawal. Some examples of stimulant abuse symptoms include:

Physical Symptoms

  • Increased alertness
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Panic attacks and associated anxiety disorders
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Flushed skin
  • Sweating to excess
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Aggression
  • Sleep problems
  • Impaired memory
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Tremors
  • Loss of coordination

Psychological Signs

  • Lack of judgment
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of verbal memory
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dishonesty
  • Psychosis
  • Isolation

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What Are Common Stimulant Withdrawal Symptoms?

It is rare for stimulant withdrawal to be life-threatening, but extreme mood swings and related behavioral issues are likely to occur. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms will depend on the severity of addiction and drug in question. Some stimulant withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Depression
  • Loss of cognitive function
  • Cravings
  • Intense fear
  • Mood swings
  • Verbal deficits
  • Flu-like symptoms

Achieving a Successful Recovery through Professional Stimulant Addiction Treatment

It is strongly recommended that the withdrawal period be monitored by the qualified professionals at Restore Drug Detox Treatment LA in our professional detox unit. Not only are clients monitored around the clock at Restore Treatment Center, but they can also be administered certain medications to make the detoxification process move as smoothly as possible. The initial period of withdrawal usually lasts from about 3 to 5 days, but cravings will persist much longer.

Once an addict has completed the detoxification phase, they must begin treatment. At Restore Drug Treatment LA, our individualized treatment programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Most treatment regimens will include individual therapy, group therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare planning.

Addiction treatment at Restore Drug Rehab LA provides addicts with the tools necessary to manage triggers and replace old, negative habits with new, positive recovery strategies. When you are ready to tackle substance abuse once and for all, contact Restore Treatment Center to begin your recovery from addiction. An addiction specialist is standing by to help you get your life back.

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