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.
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
- Extended wakefulness
- High body temperature
- High blood pressure
- Increased blood glucose
- Irregular heart beat
- Shallow, quickened breathing