For people struggling with stimulant abuse, stimulants treatment can be the support they need to overcome their addiction and begin the path to recovery
What are stimulants?
According to the National Institute on drug abuse, stimulants are drugs that “increase alertness, attention, and energy, as well as elevate blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration.” In other words, they stimulate various systems within the body.
Stimulants were traditionally used to treat a host of medical issues including obesity, respiratory issues and neurological disorders. However, in recent years, medical use of stimulants has significantly dropped due to the drugs high risk for abuse. Today, stimulants are used to treat only a few select conditions, including ADD, ADHD and narcolepsy.
What are the symptoms of someone under the influence of stimulants?
People under the influence of stimulants are typically extremely alert. They may become hyper-focused on a specific activity. Depending on the dosage, users may find themselves compulsively acting out in repetitive behaviors, also known as “tweaking”.
Users under the influence of stimulants also have a decreased need for sleep as well as a decreased appetite.
What are the potential dangers of stimulants?
When abused, stimulants can be extremely dangerous. Side effects of stimulant abuse include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Kidney and liver damage
- Violent mood swings
- Erratic behavior
- Increased heart rate
- Brain damage
IV use of stimulants may also lead to complications including hepatitis or HIV transmission (if users share needles), abscesses and collapsed veins.
For those struggling with stimulant addiction, stimulants treatment can be a lifeline. At Turning Point Treatment Center, our highly knowledgeable and professional staff is experts in treating stimulant addiction.
Upon admission, clients will meet with their treatment team to develop a highly individualized treatment plan that leverages the best therapies and treatment modalities to address their stimulant addiction.
If you or a loved one is struggling with stimulant abuse, stimulants treatment might be the answer. At Turning Point Treatment Center, our individualized treatment plans, highly qualified staff and personalized approach to recovery have a proven track record of success. For more information on treatment at Turning Point Treatment Center, please contact us.