Study drugs like Adderall and Ritalin offer a lot of promises. You’ll study longer. Concentrate better. Retain more information.
It’s still unclear what promises these drugs actually deliver on when used off-label, but there is one thing that is certain: They are highly addictive.
And once that happens, you’ll crave them and need them just to feel normal. In fact, you’ll find that you can’t concentrate or focus without them anymore.
There are a lot of things addicts say to justify their use of stimulants. I’m under a lot of pressure from work. These are prescription drugs, how dangerous could they be? I need these to study for my exam.
At the end of the day, though, such a person has lost control over his or her drug use and need help.
Treatment for stimulant addiction is very different than treatment for alcohol or heroin abuse. The immediate withdrawal symptoms are usually not as severe, but there will be underlying issues that need to be treated.
One example is that stimulants cause a significant loss of appetite, which can lead to weight loss and stomach pain. The best treatment programs provide a diet geared toward those in recovery, as well as supplements and amino acids to 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. Medical supervision, proper nutrition and exercise are all critical components in a successful—and safe—recovery.
Depression and anxiety are issues that can make those in recovery feel like giving up. The right treatment program will address those issues through both individual and group therapy.
Will you feel better right away? No. But with perseverance—and professional help—you’ll be able to make it through the first month or two of recovery. After that, most people find that they turn a corner.
Every day, your mind and body will recover a bit more. Eventually, you’ll feel like you did before you began taking stimulants—maybe even better.
How to Overcome Stimulant Addiction at The Raleigh House
The Raleigh House is a residential treatment center located in Denver that seeks to treat the whole person, not just the addiction, through a comprehensive approach to recovery. We offer a safe and comfortable environment where you can recover at your own pace. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about our stimulant addiction treatment program.