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.
Similar to any other drug abuse, stimulant abuse should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible to reduce its negative side effects. Drug detoxification or detoxification treatment is the first step in a comprehensive rehabilitation program that offers all the tools required for recovery. A supervised detox program can prevent unpleasant or fatal consequences resulting from the sudden cessation of use and can aid the patient in becoming abstinent from drugs. In addition to a medically-supervised detoxification treatment, stimulant addiction treatment should include counseling or psychotherapy sessions to ensure to treat any co-occurring conditions and eliminate any negative behavioral health patterns 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.
Why choose Sovereign Health?
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.
In addition to offering the latest and cutting edge cognitive therapies and treatment options, Sovereign Health of Arizona offers all its women patients a variety of fun, therapeutic activities including equine therapy, art therapy, yoga, meditation and exercise to encourage them 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 or to locate the top-notch stimulants detox centers, near you, please contact our treatment team at our 24/7 helpline number. You can even chat online with our representative for further assistance.