Stimulant addiction is a serious condition in which people become addicted to taking prescription stimulant medications (such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta) in order to function in their daily lives. This addiction can originate in a number of ways, including what begins as prescribed, appropriate use and/or occasional recreational use. At The Lakehouse Recovery Center, we offer full-service stimulant addiction treatment, which includes guidance and support throughout every step of the process.
Regardless of how the dependency begins, because the drugs act directly on the brain, it can be extremely difficult for people to overcome the reliance, even despite the most sincere desire and efforts to do so.
For this reason, it’s very important for people to get professional stimulant addiction treatment, in order to minimize the health risks as well as the negative effects which the addiction can create in people’s lives.
What Is Stimulant Addiction?
Stimulant addiction has become more and more common in recent years. Stimulant prescription drugs are designed to stimulate the nervous system in people who are suffering symptoms related to a depressed or not highly functioning nervous system.
To this end, stimulant prescription drugs are most commonly prescribed to people who suffer from conditions such as ADHD, and therefore, need the drugs in order to maintain concentration and focus. In some instances, people may abuse prescription stimulants which weren’t prescribed to them, as a way to increase work performance, such as in instances of pulling an all-nighter or working toward a deadline.
Prescription stimulant drugs stimulate the nervous system by gradually introducing more the neurotransmitter, dopamine, into the brain. When stimulants are prescribed, they are done so in a manner that allows the person’s dopamine levels to increase gradually, in order to attain the desired effect but in a safe, controlled manner.
However, when people take these substances in amounts or a manner which were not prescribed, this can lead to serious disruption of the dopamine and neurotransmitter system, which can in turn harm other aspects of brain activity. Not only does this make people extremely vulnerable to this addiction but also puts them at risk for a number of negative side effects.
One of the most prominent negative side effects people with stimulant addiction often suffer include significant mood disturbances such as anxiety, depression, and even paranoia. Because of the manner in which the drugs disrupt people’s neurotransmitter balance, the mood fluctuations can be severe and can cause considerable stress in people’s lives.
This can lead to an unfortunate cause-and-effect cycle where the low mood symptoms require the people to take more of the stimulants, which may help momentarily but then lead to even more agitated mood symptoms. The result is that it can lead to debilitating symptoms in all different aspects of people’s every-day lives.
Some of the additional negative health risks associated with stimulant addiction include things such as
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
- Poor appetite
- Cardiovascular complications, including stroke.
Stimulant Addiction Treatment at Lakehouse
At The Lakehouse Recovery Center, we’ve designed our stimulant addiction treatment in order to people with the highest quality care and guidance possible, in order to help them successfully achieve and maintain sobriety.
We’ve designed each aspect of our facility and our addiction treatment programs, in order to meet the real needs of people struggling with addiction, including the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the disease. Our team of professionals are dedicated to working with people from day one and helping them to achieve lasting sobriety, and get back to living their best lives.
The Lakehouse Recovery Center is a full-service treatment center located in Westlake Village, California, in Los Angeles County. Just a short drive from the beautiful Pacific Ocean and located in a beautiful park-like setting, we are one of the leading Los Angeles treatment centers for stimulant addiction.