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The Long-term Effects of Stimulants

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Stimulants may offer a quick fix, but they can’t compare to the joys of a life well lived.


Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin are extremely safe when taken for conditions like attention deficit disorder or narcolepsy—under a doctor’s supervision.

It’s when they’re taken to study better, lose weight or party—obviously not under a doctor’s supervision—that they become dangerous.

Studies show that about one out of five Ivy League students have used these so-called study drugs to increase academic performance. Evidence indicates that they’re also becoming increasingly popular in the office.

The problem? The drugs—which are chemical cousins of cocaine—are highly addictive and can pose a major risk to your health. What’s more, research shows that students who use them have a lower GPA than those who don’t.

How Stimulants Can Damage Your Health

The most dangerous way to take Adderall or Ritalin is to snort or inject the drugs—especially when drinking alcohol or using other drugs at the same time.

Stimulants’ side effects include an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature. They lead to less sleep and a reduced appetite.

At high doses, they can lead to serious cardiovascular complications, including stroke, seizure or heart attack.

If you abuse these drugs long enough, the physical withdrawal symptoms can include fatigue, depression and insomnia.

At the end of the day, the long-term effects of Ritalin and Adderall far outweigh any advantage in alertness that may come with using them.

A Fresh Start at The Raleigh House

Like any addiction, stimulant abuse disrupts the brain’s natural reward system. Recovery takes time—and effort. At The Raleigh House, we allow everyone to heal at their own pace. This isn’t just about getting off of drugs. It’s about discovering what makes you feel whole, happy and energized—and then making a plan to get there. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about our Adderall and Ritalin addiction treatment program.

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