As stimulants, such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta, are prescribed more and more, there is an increase in the misuse or abuse of the drugs, leading to the need for stimulant addiction treatment.
How an addiction starts, whether it was a prescribed medication or simply occasionally used for recreational purposes, doesn’t matter. What does matter, however, is seeking treatment and overcoming the grip of stimulant addiction.
At the Lakehouse Recovery Center, we offer a full-service stimulant addiction treatment program that can help minimize the health risks and negative effects they can bring on your life.
What Is Stimulant Addiction?
Stimulants get their name because they stimulate the central nervous system. This is why they work so well for those who suffer from conditions such as ADD and ADHD. Others, however, have found that taking the drugs recreationally allows them to increase their work or school performance.
Here’s how they work: Once ingested, the stimulants go to work doing what they do best – stimulating the nervous system – by gradually introducing more dopamine (a neurotransmitter) to the brain. Ideally, as when prescribed, these stimulants slowly increase in a safe, controlled manner.
When someone takes stimulants that were not prescribed or in a manner that is not prescribed, a serious disruption of the dopamine and neurotransmitter system can occur. In turn, this can lead to harm to other aspects of brain activity.
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. This is sometimes true, even despite the most sincere desire and efforts to do so.
One of the most prominent negative side effects people with stimulant addiction often suffer include significant mood disturbances. These may include 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.
With misuse, health concerns can arise. These include: mood disturbances, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, malnutrition, agitation, and even stroke.
Our Approach to Stimulant Addiction Treatment
The Lakehouse Recovery Center knows that there are many aspects to your life. Treating only one will not give you the successful recovery you are seeking.
We’ve designed our stimulant addiction treatment with the highest quality care and guidance possible, in order to help them successfully achieve and maintain sobriety. Therefore, we do an assessment and create an individual treatment plan that may or may not include the following:
1. Medical treatment:
As you enter treatment for stimulant addiction, our medical staff will work with you to help heal your body from the inside out. Stimulants can physically harm your body, whether you realize it or not. We will teach you how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for your sober future.
2. Therapeutic treatment:
Not only does this therapy help uncover any potential underlying issues or mental health concerns, but it also is available to provide you with tools and coping skills that can help you move forward. This is where you will take a look at your behaviors, habits, actions, relationships, and take steps to turn them into positive situations.
Knowledge is powerful. Having a detailed understanding of what stimulants – and other drugs – do to your body (the things we cannot physically see) can be an eye-opener. The more you know, the more you may sway yourself from poor choices in the future.
4. Continued wellness:
Because concern for your wellness doesn’t stop when your treatment is over, we want to make sure you are equipped with the tools and skills necessary to maintain your health and wellness.
Ready to Change?
The Lakehouse Recovery Center provides you with a comfortable, serene setting to overcome any obstacle.
If you are ready to change your life with stimulant addiction treatment, contact us today!