Last updated on September 5th, 2017 at 10:51 am
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Most people don’t take stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin to get high. They take them to excel at their studies or their job. Stimulants, they think, help them to focus better and study longer.
The problem is, like any drug, you eventually build up a tolerance. Before you know it, you can’t focus without taking stimulants. In other words, you’re addicted.
That’s where The Raleigh House comes in.
We know that addiction is not just a physical problem, especially when it comes to stimulants.
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Are stimulants really addictive? How long does it take to become addicted? What are the signs of stimulant addiction? You may be surprised to learn the answers.
Stimulant Withdrawal Symptoms
When you stop taking stimulants, there are physical withdrawal symptoms, but they are generally not as severe as with substances like alcohol or heroin. Physical symptoms might include body aches, insomnia or fatigue.
More troubling for most people are the psychological symptoms of withdrawal. These can include mood swings, depression, insomnia, loss of cognitive function and even fear.
The 90-day treatment program at The Raleigh House is designed to address every angle of addiction recovery.
Many stimulant users experience a significant loss of appetite, which can lead to weight loss and stomach pain. Our chef and nutritionist work together to provide residents with a “recovery” diet that helps them regain their strength. Supplements and amino acids fill in the gaps and correct any nutritional deficiencies caused by stimulants.
Stimulant addiction can also lead to high blood pressure, which puts one at risk for a heart attack or stroke. In addition to proper nutrition, we use exercise to get you healthy again and rebuild your strength. Options include yoga, kick boxing, swimming—or just working out at the gym on a treadmill or with weights.
Exercise has the added benefit of restoring your brain’s natural reward system, which will allow you to experience feelings of happiness again—without drugs.
Treatment for Adderall and Ritalin Addiction
At The Raleigh House in Denver, you can heal at your own pace—with the help of your own master’s level trained therapist. We do that by tackling all aspects of recovery, including physical, spiritual, emotional, mental and social. We also address any co-occurring conditions that may exist, such as attention deficit disorder, depression or childhood trauma. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about our stimulant addiction treatment program.