Stimulants, like so many other addictive medications, are a growing concern for addiction treatment centers across the country. A unique challenge associated with stimulants is the variety of drugs across this singular group and their varying effects. Below is a list of the most common legal and non-legal stimulants across the United States:
Most Common Stimulants:
- Methamphetamine (otherwise known as ‘meth’)
With a variety of stimulants ranging from products like coffee and cigarettes, to illegal substances such as cocaine and methamphetamines, the treatment of these stimulants evolves based on the individuals seeking treatment and their own unique cases. Whether it’s a patient trying desperately to quit smoking, stuck on medications to treat their attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or fighting the dangerous battle with a long-term meth or cocaine addiction, stimulants pose a tremendous risk of addiction due to their desired effects. Stimulants are used to increase focus and productivity, thus leading to desired habitual use, and an over consumption to reach such desired results when pertaining to addiction.
It’s easy for patients to become addicted to medications and drugs such as stimulants, which aim to enhance their ability to function throughout their daily lives, but it’s not so easy for an individual to admit they need to seek treatment for their stimulant addiction. Societal factors such as pressures from work, access to prescriptions, and acceptable usage of these common drugs make it difficult for individuals and loved ones to realize they may be addicted to stimulants. Additionally, there are many cases where stimulant use is accompanied by other substance use, often taken to counteract the undesired effects of stimulants such as anxiety and paranoia. This is the case for many people but when the time comes and stimulant addiction is evident, the most reliable solution will become seeking stimulant addiction treatment at an addiction treatment facility.