There are two types of commonly abused prescription stimulants, Amphetamine (Adderall) and Methylphenidate (Ritalin). These are used to medically treat people with ADHD, Narcolepsy and Depression. Stimulant addiction and dependence are a high risk with prescription stimulant abuse. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 6.4 percent of college students between the ages of 18 and 22 have used Adderall.
To successfully beat an addiction, the first step in the process is recognizing that you have a problem. Often, addicts don’t believe that they need rehabilitation, which can lead to overdose and even death. If you or a loved one abuses Adderall (or other prescription stimulants) and any of the following warning signs of stimulant addiction sound like you, then you may want to consider treatment:
The Raleigh House is a holistic rehabilitation center. We focus on comfort, physical activity and well-being to help our clients get healthy. We offer many amenities that you cannot find at other treatment centers. With our high staff-to-client ratio and frequent therapy sessions, clients of The Raleigh House receive more than traditional care.
When the body becomes dependent on a substance, it is normal to experience ongoing symptoms after no longer using. These symptoms may last for a short or even extended period of time. The Raleigh House is here to help you through the symptoms you may experience throughout treatment. Clients may experience difficulty sleeping, headaches, aggressive behavior, paranoid thoughts, possible hallucinations and nervousness. If you begin experiencing these symptoms, talk to your clinical team. The Raleigh House staff will make sure you are safe and comfortable.
During the healing process, you or your loved one will build a strong, supportive relationship with your master’s level therapist and the clinical team. Group and individual therapy sessions focus on gaining awareness between the mind and body and strengthening the desire to change. These sessions are a safe container to begin making behavioral changes and learn new, healthy coping skills. Groups are held daily and individual sessions are determined between the client and their primary therapist.
Prescription stimulants cause a significant loss of appetite, which leads to stomach pain and weight loss. The Raleigh House focuses on proper nutrition to help new clients rebalance their system and to protect the organs that were affected by stimulant addiction. Maintaining a healthy diet routine and taking supplements and amino acids will help in fulfilling nutritional deficiencies that the stimulant has caused. Supplementing the body with vitamins it has lacked can also aid in the alleviation of withdrawal symptoms.
Exercise benefits muscle tissue including vital organs like the heart and brain. Stimulant addiction damages these organs and causes high blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. The Raleigh House promotes physical activity as a part of treatment to strengthen muscle tissue, which helps with lowering blood pressure and reducing stress on the heart. Our treatment program offers a variety of exercise options for our clients to choose from.
Clients may find it difficult to move forward without the drug they have depended on for so long. Being a recovering addict requires a complete lifestyle change. Our clients will learn how to fill their time with new interests, or old interests they gave up for the addiction, through recreational activities. This gives them the foundation and a form of support they need when they get back to everyday life. We offer a variety of activity themes to serve different interests including sports, arts and culture.
If you or a loved one are suffering from stimulant addiction, you aren’t alone. Call us today at 720-891-4657 or contact us online to learn how our programs in Colorado can help you or someone you love get better.