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Stimulant addiction and abuse continue to be widespread problems throughout Idaho, as well as the rest of the United States. These drugs can be both legal and illegal, and misusing either type is extremely dangerous. Still, people do it in an attempt to chase the high they are looking for, or because they simply do not know the potential consequences.
It is very easy to get addicted to stimulants. These drugs go by a number of different street names, such as:
They work by increasing alertness, and as a result, people who take them also experience other effects. They can elevate blood pressure, increase heart rate and increase respiration rates.
People abuse stimulants as recreational drugs or because they want their prescription medications to work better. Some people will abuse them as a way to counteract the effects of depressant drugs like alcohol. Either way, misusing them is extremely dangerous, and more people need to be aware of the effects. They also need to know that recovery is possible and that detox and rehab can help.
Because stimulants are often used to counteract the “downer” effects of other drugs, they can become even more dangerous than they are if they’re used alone. Stimulants do have their place in the world of health, and some types of stimulants are actually used to treat various illnesses and conditions. They’ve been used to treat issues like asthma, obesity, ADHD, narcolepsy and depression, and they’re quite effective when they’re prescribed and used correctly.
Some examples of legal and illegal stimulants include:
As far as how stimulants affect the body, the longer they’re taken, the more dramatic the effects can be. Sometimes users will report feeling anxious or moody. If higher doses are taken, the effects are multiplied further, and the user may become more talkative and excited.
The physical effects of stimulants on the body include:
Eventually, as doses increase, or as these drugs are used for longer periods of time, significant medical complications can arise. These may include various skin disorders, ulcers, brain damage and even death from stroke or heart failure.
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There is a fine line between stimulant abuse and stimulant addiction. With these types of drugs, it’s very common for people to become tolerant to them very quickly. When tolerance increases, as it does for almost everyone who uses stimulants, it’s common for people to take more in order to get the desired effects. This is the beginning stage of stimulant abuse. If you are abusing stimulants, you may increase your dosage, take more doses than your prescription instructs you to take, or even try taking your stimulants in ways that are not recommended (such as crushing tablets and snorting them).
Once stimulant abuse has occurred, it’s generally only a matter of time before you become addicted.
You may have a friend or family member who is using stimulants, and they may or may not have been prescribed by a doctor. All stimulants can be purchased on the street. If you’re concerned that his or her stimulant use has become an addiction, there are a few different key indicators you can watch for. Those who are addicted to stimulants often demonstrate stimulant addiction behaviors like having a false sense of confidence and power. They may talk a lot and be excited during times when they otherwise would act very calm. Over time, stimulant use can result in psychosis, hallucinations or delusions, and paranoia.
If you observe any of these behaviors and stimulant addiction symptoms, it’s best to reach out and voice your concern about a need for stimulant addiction treatment.
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Most people do not intend to get addicted to stimulants, even when they start abusing them. If you’ve become addicted to them, it’s possible that you thought addiction was something that happened to “other people,” but it could never happen to you.
Once you’ve realized you’re addicted to stimulants, you might consider trying to stop them abruptly as a way to quit. Doing so can be quite dangerous, and it can result in stimulant withdrawal symptoms that are difficult to manage on your own. It’s very common to experience excessive fatigue, sleep problems and even become very depressed. There are some possible medical complications that can arise too, such as heart palpitations and seizures. Depression can cause you to become suicidal as well.
If you have a friend or family member who has become addicted to stimulants, and it’s not working for you to encourage him or her to get professional help, you may want to consider hosting an intervention. This is an event that will allow you and others to talk about your loved one’s need to get help.
If you are addicted to stimulants, please do not consider trying to quit taking them on your own. Doing so can be quite dangerous, and there are different protocols that should be followed, depending on the types of stimulants you’re taking. Illegal drugs should only be stopped under the care and supervision of staff at a drug detox facility, while some prescription stimulants need to be tapered down before they’re stopped. Talking to someone at one of the best stimulant rehab programs in the country will help you know what you should do to quit using.
Yes, they are, and probably in higher numbers than most people expect. SAMHSA posted statistics that a lot of people may find surprising:
But of course, cocaine is not the only stimulant we need to be worrying about in Idaho. Many believe that methamphetamine is the state’s biggest concern.
U.S. Attorney, Wendy Olson has been overseeing Idaho’s methamphetamine problem. She has helped send three distributors to prison so far. Local, state and federal agencies have received a lot of money to crack down on the state’s meth problem. Much of the funding is being targeted toward Ada, Canyon and Malheur Counties because they are high drug trafficking areas.
Recovering from an addiction to any type of stimulant drug can be difficult. Most people who attempt to do so on their own are not successful. That is why it is so important to choose an inpatient program that has experience with this type of substance abuse problem.
When a person gets addicted to stimulants, they struggle with a physical and psychological addiction. Both aspects of it need to be addressed when they go through treatment. That means participating in both detox and rehab.
Detoxing off drugs is a critical aspect of the recovery process. The right drug detox program will offer medical tapering if the drug is available by prescription. If it is not, they may immediately get the patient started with medical detox.
Medical detox is a way for patients to have access to medications that can help with their individual symptoms. The patient should not be left on the drugs for a long period of time because some of them can also be addictive. But this step should not be skipped because it will help with cravings and other withdrawal symptoms. It may also aid in preventing any possible complications.
Drug rehab takes place after the detoxification process has finished. This type of treatment helps with the psychological aspect of the individual’s substance abuse problem. The patient begins to understand the reasons behind their addiction and how they can avoid relapsing.
Drug rehab includes many different types of therapy. Patients work with staff individually as well as in group settings. They also receive aftercare planning and relapse prevention planning.
Northpoint Recovery is located in Boise, Idaho, and we offer an excellent drug rehabilitation program. Our services include both detox and rehab, and our program runs for 28 days.
When patients come to us for help, we first assess them to determine what their needs are. Many of our stimulant-addicted patients require intensive treatment that involves a longer period of detox. We are careful to take note of any health issues our patients have so we can be sure to get them the help they need.
We offer many different types of therapy at Northpoint Recovery. All of our patients are matched with therapists for individual sessions. They also participate in group therapy, family therapy and other forms of treatment.
We offer dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders to all of our patients when it is applicable. For many of them, their addictions were influenced by mental health issues that were not probably addressed previously. By addressing them during rehab, we increase their chances of experiencing long-term success.
At Northpoint Recovery, we have the experience that is needed to properly treat stimulant addictions. We know that it can be a real struggle for people to recover, and our program is targeted to meet our patients’ individual needs. No one recovers from addiction the same way, and we want to provide solutions that will work for everyone.
Are you addicted to stimulants? If you are, please know that we understand how you are feeling right now. Our staff members are here to guide you on the journey of recovering, and all we need is for you to be willing to take the first step.
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