Stimulants are commonly abused for their effects to increase energy and attention. They make people more alert, raising a number of body functions like blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. Stimulant drugs are frequently abused for recreational purposes due to their euphoric effects; for weight loss or performance enhancement. The most widely abused stimulants are cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamines.
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.
To find out more about particular stimulant drugs and the specialised residential programme we provide for treating addiction to different types of stimulants, amphetamines and methamphetamines, please visit the pages below:
If you or a loved one is struggling with a problem with stimulants, please contact us for advice.
Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked January 28, 2022