Women are multi-taskers by nature; but sometimes everyday pressure feels like we need clones of ourselves, like we’re irreplaceable and the weight of it all depends on us. Like we need to work faster, harder, focus more and for longer. For this reason, as well for weight loss side effects of some drugs, females often turn to stimulant drug abuse.

Sovereign Health Arizona treats addiction to stimulants with a holistic and nonjudgmental recovery package of varying modalities, individualized for lasting wellness.

Abusing Stimulants

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.

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.

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 advantage.

Symptoms Of Abuse

The symptoms of addiction to stimulants can include:

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

Red Flags Of Abuse

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

Withdrawal Symptoms Of Stimulant Abuse

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Disturbance of sleep patterns

Stimulants 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 nonmedically.

Most people know dopamine as the neurotransmitter in the brain associated with pleasure. But it is also responsible for movement and attention.

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.

For asthma patients, stimulants and open up breathing passages.

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 producing 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.

Getting Help for Abuse

Just like the abuse of any drug, stimulant abuse should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible to reduce the negative side effects that a person will experience. Stimulant addiction treatment should include psychotherapy to ensure that any co-occurring conditions are treated and negative behavioral patterns are changed in order to prevent relapse.

If you or a loved one is addicted to stimulants, it’s time to seek help.

Sovereign Health in Chandler 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 places special emphasis on treating trauma that may have been caused by physical or mental abuse, addiction or mental health issues.

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

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

In addition to cutting edge, cognitive therapies, Sovereign of Arizona offers fun, therapeutic activities including equine therapy, art therapy, yoga, meditation and exercise. Our patients enjoy a residential rehab in a safe and supportive environment where they can focus on their recovery. Accommodations are in a quiet, residential neighborhood.

Sovereign Health of Arizona’s women’s center accepts most major health insurance plans, making treatment affordable.

We are 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 treatment programs for those addicted to stimulants, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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