Stimulants make up part of a drug class that helps speed up communication between the brain and the body. Stimulants are able to make a user feel more alert, aware, energetic, or confident. When taken in large doses, stimulants may cause users to feel over-stimulated. This can then lead to anxiety, seizures, panic, stomach cramps, headaches, paranoia, and aggression.

What are Stimulants?

Stimulants are drugs which are used to increase breathing rate, heart rate, and brain function. Certain stimulants only cause an impact onto a specific organ like the lungs, heart, nervous system, or brain. However, some stimulants may affect the entire body per dosage. A type of stimulant is Epinephrine which is administered during a cardiac arrest. Another example is Pseudoephedrine which can be found in some cold medicines to raise the heart rate.


What are the Side Effects of Stimulant Addiction?

When taken in large doses, stimulants can cause over-stimulation. This can then result in panic, anxiety, seizures, panic, cramps, headaches, paranoia, and aggression. Long-term use of potent stimulants can also result in several detrimental effects to our health. Stimulants may also appear in the forms of nicotine, caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamines. They can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked depending on the physical form of the stimulant. Other side effects of stimulants when taken in low doses include the following:

  • Heightened feelings of well-being
  • Euphoria
  • Increased alertness
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Talkativeness

Some of the side effects of stimulants when taken in large doses include the following:

  • Tension
  • Increase body temperature
  • Tremor
  • Nausea
  • Coma
  • Death

Understanding Stimulant Overdose

Stimulant overdose occurs when a user becomes highly dependent on the drug. This is made possible after regular use over an extended period of time which allows their body to tolerate even high doses. Dependence on stimulants may cause damaging effects on either the physical or psychological state of the user or both depending on the dosage. Users will find that getting the same effect every time is far more important than carrying out other activities in their life. They need to feed their stimulant cravings which makes it difficult for them to kick the habit. Those who are psychologically dependent on stimulants find their urges restricting their physical and social tendencies. As for those who are physically dependent on stimulants find that their body can function normally only after administering stimulants.

How to Treat Stimulant Addiction

Addicts who are looking to quit stimulant abuse face a challenging task. Psychotherapy remains as a basis treatment method along with medications that are used to treat other ailments. Even so, no medication has been approved by the FDA just yet to address stimulant addiction. Currently, users can expect to go through behavioral therapies that are accompanied with proper administration of a number of medications that help relax the muscles, treat dependence, reduce cravings, and more.

Why work with Spark To Recovery?

At Spark To Recovery, we understand what each patient has to go through at each level of rehab. Thus, our team of medical professionals works together with patients to provide guidance and support at every step of the way. Patients can expect physical and psychological care that is backed by certified expertise to assure safety and security.

Start your stimulant addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.

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