Treating Stimulant Addiction

Stimulants are a class of psychoactive drugs which act to improve mental and physical function. Stimulants are often used in a medical setting for the treatment of ADHD, obesity, and narcolepsy, but they are often abused for recreational purposes. When abused, some stimulants have a high potential for addiction. An addict may have a hard time quitting the drug and might consider entering rehab or a substance abuse treatment program.

When deciding how to handle a stimulant addiction it is important to take into account which stimulant you are abusing.

Caffeine – A central nervous system stimulant, caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in the world to reduce physical fatigue. It is legal to consume across the world. Heavy caffeine use can lead to dependency. Conditions associated with caffeine dependency include nervousness, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, headaches, and heart palpitations. Withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening and only typically last from two to nine days. It is not usually necessary to seek a professional rehab program to treat a caffeine addiction.

Nicotine – The main ingredient in cigarettes and chewing tobacco, nicotine is used across the world as one of the most popular legal stimulants. Nicotine is very addictive and extremely hard to stop using once the body is dependent on the drug. The American Heart Association said that nicotine addiction is one of the hardest addictions to break. Many personal attempts to quit smoking end up failing. There are several smoking rehab products that are offered both over the counter and in prescription form.

Cocaine – Cocaine is a psychoactive stimulant which acts on the central nervous system. It is widely abused across the world and has a very high potential for addiction. It is illegal to distribute, grow, or possess cocaine for non-medicinal purposes in almost all countries. Cocaine causes a short burst of euphoria which lasts for 30 minutes to an hour. Occasional cocaine use does not typically lead to addiction, but chronic use can cause a powerful physical and psychological dependence. Cocaine rehab can be a difficult task and a serious user will likely need to enter a professional treatment program.

Methamphetamine – Meth is a synthetic stimulant of the amphetamine class of drugs. It has an extremely high potential for addiction. It acts on the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing and intense euphoric rush. Meth is relatively simple to manufacture at home, which has contributed to its widespread abuse across the world. After a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on meth, it is very difficult to rehab successfully. The long lasting cognitive effects caused by meth make treatment especially difficult. The “amphetamine psychosis” associated with heavy meth use has similar effects on the brain as schizophrenia and can last for up to a year after the drug has been used. Most experts suggest meth addicts choose treatment programs that last from several months to a year. Treatment should also include an extensive outpatient program to ensure the patient doesn’t relapse.

Electric Parties Go Bad

Long nights or parties at loud bass driven venues lead me to find ecstasy, it’s know as MDMA, we called it simply “E.” I wanted to be a musician very badly, and would have done almost anything to make it big. I feel as if a lot of people can relate to that, the desire for success in whatever it is you are passionate about. One thing about being a musician is that you need creativity to write new songs. Sometimes that creativity, is found in the bottom of an empty liquor bottle, or a half smoked bag of grass. I was not the first musician to find my muse through drugs, and certainly won’t be the last. My real passion in music, I played house music, a type of electronic dance music. Over time the same audience that loved house music, wanted some more bass driven, and out of that desire dub step was born as a more bass heavy drum beat driven version of house music. I found my calling, the only thing about the new genre of music is that it is really only played in rave clubs, where drugs are taken, and people dance all night in strange costumes. Struggling with my own creativity in such a tightly wound scene, led to my drug use, and eventually to ecstasy treatment.

 

Wait, let’s back up a bit. It was not that fast, no cause and effect type thing like that. I need to clarify by saying that when I started using ecstasy it was for the music, for inspiration. I eventually craved the drug , and that feeling from being at those clubs. The genre of dubstep is really over saturated with too many recording artists producing new songs at a seemingly nightly rate. I took drugs to keep my creativity in pace with the industry norm. Too much of a good thing, ends up being a bad thing, I took too much. An overdose led me to an ecstasy treatment center instead of a regular hospital. A treatment center designed to help heal a person from drug addiction.

Safely recovered (18 months  sober) I can safely say I hate the sound of dub step now, and most definitely the memories of the rave clubs. I found a new muse through sobriety and none of this would have happened if I had not ended up going to ecstasy treatment.