Prescription Drug Addiction: Stimulants


Prescription drug addiction to stimulants is on the rise. In the past, stimulants were predominantly used to treat respiratory problems such as asthma and obesity. Today, these are still medical conditions that may be treated with prescription drug stimulants with the addition of narcolepsy, ADD, ADHD and in very rare cases, depression.

The potential for abuse with prescription drug stimulants hinges on the effect they have on brain chemistry. Increased brain wave activity and levels of dopamine produce an alert, pleasurable effect. This in turn increases blood pressure and heart rate and opens up the pathways of the respiratory system for increased energy.

An individual with ADD or ADHD does not respond to the stimulant effect. In fact, it has the opposite effect, essentially serving to calm the overactive brain center. Stimulants when misused, can be addictive. Consistently high doses of prescription drug stimulants can result in irregular heartbeat, extremely high blood pressure and increased potential for seizure. Repeated high doses over a short period of time can lead to hostility or paranoia. With decongestants may cause blood pressure to become dangerously high or lead to irregular heart rhythms.

Prescription Drug Addiction: Withdrawal from Stimulants, Ritalin, Adderall

Treatment methods for prescription drug addiction to stimulants vary from those addicted to opiate-based painkillers or CNS depressants. Prescription drug addiction to stimulants is comparable to speed, meth or cocaine addiction. Withdrawal symptoms generally include an overwhelming sense of fatigue with accompanying confusion and depression. For this reason, early treatment may include antidepressants to counter the effects. Serious depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and should be monitored. For this reason, detoxification from prescription drug addiction to stimulants within the safe environment of a drug rehab is advised.

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Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment for Stimulants

People may initially take prescription drug stimulants in order to alleviate very real symptoms of respiratory distress, obesity or depression only to discover that when they try to quit, the withdrawal symptoms of fatigue and depression are unmanageable.

While this is likely a temporary part of the withdrawal process, there may be other factors involved. A medical doctor may be able to determine if a slow thyroid is contributing to obesity. In the same manner, a clinical therapist can do an evaluation to determine whether there are existing chemical imbalance that are contributing to mood disorders.

It's not unusual for people to self-medicate in an attempt to balance out existing mood disorders. For individuals struggling with prescription drug addiction, a clinical evaluation can determine the possibility of dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is the term for two co-occurring disorders, such as chemical imbalance associated with anxiety and depression combined with prescription drug addiction or alcoholism.

SouthCoast Recovery has a clinical therapist with 44 years in the treatment of underlying issues associated with drug abuse. Based on your clinical evaluation, we tailor an individual prescription drug addiction program that builds individual sessions with our clinical therapist and holistic practitioners into your comprehensive treatment plan.Learning how to live life free of prescription drug addiction is something we have a great deal of experience with at SouthCoast Recovery.

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SouthCoast Recovery offers Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction to Stimulants

SouthCoast Recovery offers residential treatment in Dana Point, California, for individuals struggling with prescription drug addiction to stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Dexedrine. We offer a safe, supportive environment with 24 hour care during your initial detox and residential stay in our facility. We provide 30, 60, 90 day and 6 month transitional living for persons struggling with prescription drug addiction who want to learn how to live life in a healthier manner. The highly qualified clinical and holistic staff members on our treatment team are some of the most skilled professionals in the recovery field.

SouthCoast Recovery is the leading drug rehab center for prescription drug addiction in Orange County. For effective, affordable treatment call us today. Professional intake coordinators are available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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