Stimulant Drug Dependency

Stimulants are a class of drugs that enhance brain activity, causing an increase in alertness, attention, and energy. Due to their energizing qualities, they are often referred to as “uppers”. Stimulants are used as pharmaceuticals to treat a wide variety of ailments including depression, ADD/ADHD, narcolepsy, and obesity. A wide variety of street drugs classified as stimulants have been abused by people for thousands of years. Rehab centers have been challenged to deal with an increasing number of stimulant addicts with the recent popularity of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Examples of stimulants:

  • Cocaine: A white, crystalline powder which acts as a power central nervous system stimulant.
  • Caffeine: Both legal and unregulated in almost all countries of the world, caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug on the planet.
  • Methamphetamine: A powerful central nervous system stimulant with a high potential for abuse. Success in meth rehab attempts are typically lower than most other drugs.
  • Nicotine: The main psychoactive drug in tobacco, nicotine is highly addictive and can be one of the most difficult addictions to break.
  • MDMA (“Ecstasy”): A psychoactive drug of the amphetamine class, MDMA has been tested for its therapeutic effects, but is also widely abused (despite being criminalized in most countries).
  • Amphetamine (Adderall, Ritalin…etc.): A central nervous system stimulant often used as a prescription medication to treat ADD/ADHD.

Stimulants can carry a high potential for abuse, especially those which affect the central nervous system and rehab may be necessary if a user become addicted to the drug. There are a wide variety of drugs which fall under the stimulant class and some have drastically different effects on the body. When considering stimulant rehab it is important to consider what specific stimulant you are a loved one is abusing. Many people across the world are dependent on legal stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. If abuse becomes a problem it is typically not necessary for the user to enter a formal treatment program. However, if a person is dependent on methamphetamine, it is likely that the only hope for beating the addiction will be to consult a professional rehab center.

Some prescription stimulants can cause dependence. When prescribing stimulants as medication, doctors must be sure to issue an appropriate dose and be sure the patient will not start abusing the drug. Prescription ADD medications like Ritalin and Adderall are commonly abused, especially by young people trying to get an advantage studying for college. A doctor must be very careful to only prescribe ADD medications those who need it. Many see the high demand for Ritalin and Adderall as an opportunity to make money by selling their medication to their peers.

When a person becomes addicted to a powerful central nervous system stimulant like methamphetamine or cocaine, it is important for them to seek a rehab facility immediately. These drugs have very dangerous side effects and can be extremely difficult to overcome and addiction. In the case of meth addiction, it is extremely important for a patient to follow a strict rehab program for several months to ensure they do not relapse.

Ecstasy’s Side Effects

Ecstasy is known as MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine. The drug induces a sense of euphoria, reduced anxiety, and a strong sense of intimacy with others. Many people from all over the world use this drug in the rave, or club scene. These clubs usually promote drug use, and ecstasy use. The drug ecstasy is the most common used amongst the club goers, it’s possession and use is illegal. If a person takes too much ecstasy they may not be able to stop without ecstasy detox. 

Many people assume ecstasy is a harmless party drug, because it’s use has become so common place with the club scene. The drug is not harmless in fact the use of the drug has some serious side-effects:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia or abnormal electrical activity of the heart
  • Circulatory shock or cardiogenic shock
  • Vasculitis or destruction of blood vessels
  • Cardiotoxicity or damage to the heart
  • Cardiac dysfunction, arrest, myocardial infarction, and/or heart failure
  • fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Possible brain damage
  • Coma or death

With the danger of the drug being under rated, or misunderstood it is important to get the proper information of the dangers of ecstasy out there for everyone. Ecstasy use can be addicting , as well as the behaviors associated with the drug. After ecstasy detox, and rehab a person should cease all activity related to the drug. This especially means leaving the club scene behind. Going back to a place, or even participating in an activity associated with the drug can trigger a relapse, and a person could go back right into using the drug again. Multiple relapses, almost always lead to more harsh penalties, such as being charged with crimes like possession of illicit substances. So in addition to the threat of death from use, there is also a possibility of jail time. This could be an endless cycle, of drug abuse, and crime that can be circumvented by proper ecstasy detox, and treatment. Making sure to follow up with support groups the first time to avoid a relapse, and insure a successful future.