Detoxification of Stimulants

Stimulants refer to a class of substances which raise the levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body. Stimulants carry a high potential for abuse and detox can be a long, difficult process. Stimulants help enhance brain activity by changing the way brain neurons communicate. With extended use, stimulants can fundamentally change the way your brain’s neurons work, causing long lasting side effects. Some popular stimulants used worldwide include methamphetamine, cocaine, nicotine, caffeine, and MDMA.

Withdrawals from stimulant detox can have several negative effects on the body. With most stimulants, the withdrawal effects are not life threatening and do not necessarily need to be performed in a professional environment. With the more potent stimulants, professional rehab is recommended due to the intense psychological effects caused by stimulant detox. These negative psychological effects like depression, psychosis, and mood swings make abstaining from the drug especially difficult and relapse is common.

Withdrawal effects during stimulant detox include:

  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations and delusions

There a many horror stories about people becoming addicted to stimulants and being unable to identify the problem before the drug has taken control of their life. One such story involves former rap star Big Lurch of Compton, California. While under the influence of methamphetamine, Big Lurch stabbed his roommate (a woman with two children). He then proceeded to slice her chest open and cut out one of her lungs. When police arrived at the scene, Big Lurch was lying nude in the street, covered in blood. As they tried to apprehend him he screamed and fought back. It took four officers to handcuff him and get him into the patrol car. When the police investigated the scene, they found the lung Big Lurch’s coffee table with bites taken out of it. Big Lurch had chewed and actually swallowed pieces of his roommate’s lung. A stimulant detox program was successfully used once Big Lurch was apprehended and he is now spending life in prison for murder.

If someone you know is having problems abusing stimulants, a stimulant detox program may be necessary. When confronting the person, it is important to talk it over with other concerned family and friends to formulate a plan to confront them about it. There are also many non-profit organizations which serve as anonymous resources for help with drug addiction. While there are currently no medications approved for the treatment of stimulant addiction, stimulant detox centers provide professional experience and advice to those in need. Depending on the type of stimulant, a patient may need to spend up to a full year in a rehab facility. It is important for the patient to pay close attention to the detox regiment provided by the rehab facility. These people know how to beat the addiction and it is always best to heed their advice.