Women are multitaskers by nature but sometimes everyday pressure could make them feel like they need clones of themselves like they are irreplaceable and the weight of it all depends on no one but them. Caregivers by nature, women need to work faster, harder, focus more and for longer. For this reason, as well as for reasons unique to them such as weight loss, females often turn to stimulant drug abuse.

A facility specializing in women-only rehab, Sovereign Health of Arizona treats addiction to stimulants with a holistic and nonjudgmental recovery package of varying modalities, individualized for lasting wellness. Addressing the gender-specific needs of women patients, Sovereign Health’s Chandler, Arizona facility provides its patients with individualized, evidence-based therapies in a safe, trigger-free, and transitional living environment. Depending on the duration of the disorder and severity of symptoms, a treatment program may include medically-assisted detoxification treatment, psychotherapies, or experiential therapies such as yoga, meditation, and expressive arts therapy.

Abusing stimulants

Stimulants augment alertness, energy, and attention. The prescription stimulant drugs were designed to treat asthma and related conditions, obesity and neurological disorders. People do take stimulants at higher than recommended doses for an academic or other performance-related advantages.

Stimulants can come in the form of either prescription or illegal drugs and include Adderall, Ritalin, or Dexedrine, which are normally used to treat conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Other legal forms of stimulants include caffeine, nicotine, energy drinks and medications for depression or weight loss. Illegal forms of stimulants can include methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy.

Stimulant abuse: Signs and symptoms

A widely abused class of substances, stimulants can be abused through a variety of methods including snorting, smoking, injecting and ingesting. While each stimulant has its own effects and outcomes, many of them share the same symptoms associated with their abuse.

Following are some of the symptoms of addiction to stimulants.

  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Decreased appetite
  • Euphoria
  • Extended wakefulness
  • High body temperature
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased blood glucose
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Shallow, quickened breathing

Stimulant abuse: Red flags

Often abused for their effects, individuals frequently abusing stimulants are at a risk of becoming addicted to them. Knowing the warning signs of stimulant abuse can help in its early detection and timely treatment.

Following are some of the common red flags of stimulant abuse.

  • Anxiety
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attack
  • Hostility
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Malnutrition
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Stroke

Stimulants abuse: Withdrawal symptoms

Once an individual develops a dependence on stimulants, he or she can no longer function normally without them and often experiences uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms once their usage stops. While the withdrawal process may be intense, if not managed properly, it can result in a relapse.

Following are some of the common stimulant abuse withdrawal symptoms.

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Disturbance of sleep patterns

An effective way to deal with the withdrawal symptoms is detox from stimulants at certified stimulants detox centers. When undertaken under the supervision of medical professionals, medical detox helps to clear the body of toxic substances as well as manage and reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.

Inside the body

Stimulants work to enhance the effects of major neurotransmitters for serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are part of the brain’s reward system and create feelings of happiness and well-being in a person when taken non-medically. Stimulant abuse can create a sustained “high” and prolong those feelings. Over time, the abuse will begin to cause long-lasting damage and changes to the brain as it interferes with or halts the creation of chemicals in the brain.

Known as the neurotransmitter in the brain associated with pleasure, dopamine is also responsible for movement and attention. When taken in doses and methods other than those prescribed, prescription stimulants can amplify dopamine, not unlike the illicit drug methamphetamine. It disrupts normal communication between brain cells and produces euphoria and, as a result, increases the risk of addiction.

Addiction often occurs because stimulants, when taken in doses and routes other than those prescribed by a doctor, can induce a rapid surge of dopamine in the brain. Additional complications arise when pills are crushed and snorted or injected. Insoluble fillers in the tablets can block small blood vessels and cause damage, severe pain, stroke, or heart attack.

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Getting help

Similar to any other drug abuse, stimulant abuse should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible to reduce its negative side effects. In addition to a medically-supervised detox program, stimulant addiction treatment should include psychotherapies to ensure that any co-occurring conditions are treated and negative behavioral patterns are changed in order to prevent a relapse.

If you or a loved one is addicted to stimulants, it’s time to seek help. Sovereign Health in Chandler, Arizona, is a women-only residential rehabilitation center. The treatment programs include treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, mental health disorders, and co-occurring conditions. Sovereign Health specializes in providing trauma-informed care to its patients that focus on treating trauma that may have been caused by physical or mental abuse, addiction, or mental health issues.

Sovereign Health of Arizona offers varying levels of care appropriate to a woman’s improvement. Our amphetamine dependence treatment is inclusive of treatment for stimulants in all forms. We give our women patients the rest and restorative reprieve they need to rehabilitate from substance abuse and any underlying mental health issues.

Why choose Sovereign Health?

Depending on the duration of illness and severity of symptoms, treatment for stimulants abuse may involve medically-supervised stimulants detox treatment to clean the body of toxic substances that can be followed by psychotherapies that help identify any underlying illness and teach skills to conquer cravings and make a successful recovery.

In addition to cutting edge, cognitive therapies, Sovereign Health of Arizona offers fun, therapeutic activities including equine therapy, art therapy, yoga, meditation, and exercise to encourage patients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through a range of active experiences. Our patients enjoy a residential rehab in a safe and supportive environment where they can focus on their recovery.

Sovereign Health of Arizona accepts most major health insurance plans, making treatment affordable. Situated in a quiet, residential neighborhood, Sovereign Health of Arizona is licensed to treat mental health issues and manifestations thereof: substance use disorder, mental disorders and dual diagnoses of concurrent disorders. We are Joint Commission-accredited and pride ourselves on a gold standard of measurement-based care. To learn more about our top-notch treatment programs for those addicted to stimulants, please contact our treatment team at our 24/7 helpline number. You can even chat online with our representative for further assistance.

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