Stimulants are commonly abused drugs that increase energy and attention. Stimulants make people more alert, while simultaneously raising a number of body functions like blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.
Some prescription medications that treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, anxiety and depression are also stimulants. Misuse of such medication outside a doctor’s prescription can lead to dangerous side effects such as paranoia, heart failure, physical and psychological addiction and seizures.
Other effects of stimulant drugs include:
- Weight Loss
- Performance enhancement
Castle Craig’s personalised treatment programmes can help you find lifelong recovery after addiction to the following stimulants:
- Adderall: a prescription psychostimulant that increases dopamine levels in the brain, giving a feel-good effect. It is primarily prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
- Cocaine: an illegal psychoactive stimulant that is generally used recreationally. Cocaine increases the concentration of neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, as well as exciting the central nervous system.
- Methamphetamine: a synthetic drug that, even in small amounts, can result in many of the same physical effects as those of cocaine or amphetamines.
- Ritalin: the primary drug of choice in treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.
Stimulant Detox Programmes
Detoxification—the treatment of any withdrawal syndrome associated with the abrupt or gradual cessation of the drug or drugs that the person has been taking—is the first step on the road to recovery.
Our goal is to achieve detox and abstinence from alcohol and drugs as rapidly, comfortably and safely as possible. Withdrawal can be very dangerous if not managed properly. If necessary, we prescribe medicines to manage the symptoms of withdrawal. The doses will be reduced over time until the patient has fully detoxed.
Introducing our patients to the therapy programme as soon as possible is ideal. This is when recovery truly begins.
- 12 Step facilitation
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Family therapy
- Complementary therapies
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | September 10, 2021