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The effects of drug addiction can progressively take its toll on the mind and body. As the use of stimulants, otherwise known as “speed”, grows in popularity amongst young adults, the risk of drug addiction increases.
Stimulants are a type of drug that speeds up communication between the body and the brain. They can make a person feel more alert, awake, energized, and confident. These drugs are usually prescribed by doctors to individuals who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy. Common stimulants include Dexedrine, Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta. Because of the energizing side effects of stimulants, individuals with disorders like ADHD will feel more focused on their daily tasks.
Even so, it’s important to keep in mind that if prescription drugs are misused, taken outside of the recommended dose, or even taken differently than how directed by your doctor, the result can be severe and even life-threatening. At Banyan Boca, we know that the short-term effects of stimulants can be dangerous. We advise those who struggle with substance abuse to begin a medically monitored detox treatment as a first step in their recovery process.
Stimulants are also referred to as speed because of the “rush” they induce. Because the body’s processes are sped up, the user can feel like they’re on top of the world. However, this feeling is only temporary, and the effects of stimulants on the body can be hazardous.
Some of these stimulant drug effects include:
At higher doses, stimulants can also cause the body’s temperature to increase, heart failure, and seizures. Although stimulants are often prescription drugs that are assigned and monitored by a doctor, they can easily lead to an addiction if they are misused or if they aren’t taken as directed. Even if the individual has been misusing stimulants for a short period of time, the short-term effects of stimulants can produce paranoia and anxiety. At our rehab facility in Boca, we can help individuals who are suffering from substance abuse receive the appropriate treatment for recovery.
Addiction is a disease that can be difficult to heal from without help. Our residential treatment program assists individuals suffering from substance abuse in their journey to recovery. We encourage our patients to learn more about the roots of their addiction while teaching them how to overcome it.