Stimulants and It's Addictive Properties

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Stimulants are powerful drugs that directly affect the brain first and foremost. They are known to not only elevate heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, but also elevate happiness, pleasure, alertness and energy. Drugs such as caffeine, cocaine and methamphetamines are the most popular and widely abused stimulant drugs in the United States.

Stimulants are also commonly known as psychoactive drugs; this is because perceptions and decision-making is influenced by the use of the drugs. They have been known to elevate energy in an individual, and along with the physiological effects, an unpredictable up-and-down cycle can occur in the body. Indubitably, this is hard to handle. To avoid the down swing of the drugs, it’s often the case that more needs to be consumed over time, and in higher quantities. These types of drugs are popular amongst the night life scene, but are also abused in milder settings.

One of the most common signs of an addiction to stimulants is noticeable weight loss. A few of the minor side effects of stimulants are restlessness, increased energy and diminished appetite. Over time, these ‘minor’ side effects can build up to non-severe or severe malnourishment, dehydration and exhaustion. Other tell-tale warning signs are withdrawal from normal, social and daily activities.

With chronic abuse, users often become overly paranoid, delusional and experience physical problems such as chronic headaches, sweating, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Life threatening risks such as heart attack, stroke, seizure and coma become a high probability at the onset of stimulant abuse; in addition, these risks also worsen exponentially over time.

Addiction to stimulants is one of the fastest growing addictions in the nation, along with other harmful substances such as prescription drugs and alcohol. Drugs such as crack have been known to become addictive after only one or two uses. For those suffering from an addiction to stimulants, the method for rehabilitation varies depending on the severity of the addiction. For a person who chronically abuses stimulants, it is important to slowly decline the amount of drugs, as the ‘cold turkey’ technique can bring about powerful, painful and health-hazardous withdrawals. Withdrawals from stimulants can range from sweating, vomiting, tremors, to panic attacks and anxiety.

Realistically, rehabilitating from an addiction to stimulants can be difficult and many people relapse after their first few attempts. However, kicking the habit of abusing stimulants is very possible and depends on dedication and desire. With ample support, guidance, and will power, the goal of getting clean, staying clean, and turning a new leaf into a healthy and productive lifestyle is highly attainable.

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