If you have become addicted to stimulants and aren’t sure of what to do next, we can help. You may have been prescribed stimulants from your primary care physician, such as Adderall, or you may be getting stimulants illegally off of the streets. Whatever the case, taking care of your body and mind means making the decision to check into your local rehab for treatment as soon as possible.
Your Body and Stimulant Addiction
If you have been abusing stimulants, then you know how these substances have the ability to quickly make you feel more alert and attentive. You enjoy the rush you get from using various stimulants again and again. Unfortunately, stimulants are a very addictive drug, and you have likely begun to use more to achieve the same type of high. But what a lot of people do not realize is that stimulants can have very serious effects on the body, short and long-term.
Stimulants are a type of substance that quickly and temporarily increases the activity in your nervous system. Some addicts have been prescribed stimulants because of a medical or mental health condition, such as ADHD and narcolepsy. Illegal stimulants include cocaine, methamphetamine, speed, crack, and ecstasy. Even caffeine and nicotine, two legal and popular substances, are considered stimulants.
When you take any type of stimulant, the dopamine levels in your brain increases. This triggers the “feel good” part of your brain that results in mild to high feelings of pleasure. Additionally, your concentration levels are boosted. These feelings are very addictive, especially for men and women who are in school, working challenging jobs, or taking care of families. Unfortunately, stimulant abuse can be extremely harmful for your body.
Health Effects of Stimulant Use
Taking stimulants for even a short period of time can cause adverse effects for your health. You may experience elevated blood pressure, loss of appetite, irritability when the stimulant wears off, interrupted sleep patterns, and increased heart rate. A high dose of stimulants can cause hallucinations, seizures, convulsions, and death.
The longer you use stimulants to achieve the desired effect, the more your tolerance will build up. Your body will begin to need higher dosages to experience the same type of feeling it once felt. You’ll begin to take higher dosages more often. Long-term health issues from stimulants can range from chronic insomnia, irregular heart rate, increased blood pressure, seizures, impotence, and more. If you are suffering from stimulant addiction, then it is time to seek professional help.
Will I Be Allowed to Sleep a Lot During Treatment?
A popular question when it comes to rehab for stimulant abuse is whether or not you will be allowed to sleep a lot. While every rehab is different, most will understand the need for extra sleep as you go through detox and learn to function without stimulants in your system. Two of the side effects of stimulant use are disrupted sleep patterns and insomnia, so you may need extra time to get back on a proper sleeping schedule. Luckily, you’ll have the time while in rehab.
The best part of going into rehab is the fact that you will have plenty of time to catch up on your sleep and get back on a great schedule. You’ll be expected to put in a full night of sleep every single night you are in treatment. While you will have an assortment of activities to attend during your days, as well as mealtimes, you will have plenty of time to rest and nap during the day and evening. Now is the time to allow yourself the pleasure of giving your body the rest it needs and deserves. Don’t feel bad for napping during the day or turning in before everyone else.
Aftercare and You
It can be a difficult time once you are through with the rehabilitation process and are on your own. But this is a fresh start for you and one you should face proudly. Your therapist will likely set you up with aftercare services that will help you make the transition from rehab to regular life. This could include a stay in a sober living home, AA or NA meetings, and additional therapy sessions. Make sure that you take it one day at a time while treating your body well.
If you are eager to make a change in your life concerning your stimulant abuse, call us today at 844-639-8371. Our staff are standing by to help you find the path to sobriety today.