Stimulant Addiction Treatment

Stimulants are drugs which affect both the brain and physical functioning. They cause the user to stay awake for longer, feel more focused and generally more energetic. Stimulant addiction often includes prescription drugs, especially amphetamines, which have been abused in the UK for some time.

More recently methylphenidate (Ritalin) has become widely misused, and so have amphetamine derivatives, especially MDMA (ecstasy) and other chemically engineered amphetamines. These are sometimes described as ‘club drugs’ and are widely available, meaning that their use amongst young people has grown significantly over the past few years. Stimulant addiction treatment can help to break the cycle of stimulant abuse.

Equally popular is cocaine and its derivative, 'crack', both of which have become more acceptable and more affordable in recent times. Amongst users, stimulants have a ‘good image’ in contrast to heroin. Stimulants are seen as fun, racy and safe, and are associated with a party lifestyle.

Symptoms  of stimulant addiction

The initial positive effects of stimulants are soon outweighed by progressive, subtle negative effects. You may experience:

  • Increasing mood swings - particularly episodes of depression and paranoia, 24 to 48 hours after usage (known as 'downers')
  • Irritability and erratic behaviour at home and at work
  • Increased anxiety and tendency to experience panic attacks
  • Disturbed sleep and the need to take tranquillisers to cope with this, alongside the anxiety and downers
  • Headaches
  • The ability to drink more alcohol with its own inherent problems

Prolonged heavy use can lead to more marked mental illness:

  • Psychosis – paranoid thoughts which will not go away
  • Auditory hallucinations – hearing voices that are not real
  • Severe debilitating depression
  • Panic disorder – recurrent, debilitating panic attacks

Addiction and consequences

Abuse of stimulants is common and the potential for addiction is much greater than most users will admit to. As stimulants are easily affordable and readily available, recreational use has increased. As a result, an increasing number of people with the potential to develop an addiction are being exposed to these drugs, and so the number of addicts increases.

The consequences of increased stimulant use affects all aspects of the user’s life. This can impact heavily upon your family and work life, financial situation and your physical and mental health. Such negative effects are often very obvious to those close to you such as parents, employers and spouses, whilst you are often unaware of the effects.

Free initial addiction assessment

We understand that embarking upon recovery can be an emotionally turbulent time for you. With this in mind, Priory offers a free initial assessment with an experienced therapist at all of our addiction treatment hospitals and clinics to help you to discuss your addiction in confidence.

How Priory can help

If you are a concerned friend, partner, family member, employer or professional, you can call Priory for an informal chat with one of our addiction therapists. Alternatively, you can come for a free confidential face-to-face assessment. This can then help to start a process which will lead to an effective intervention to help the individual to seek help. For more severe cases, an appointment can quickly be made with a consultant psychiatrist.

A wide range of practical solutions are available at Priory, starting with a free assessment with an addictions therapist. We can offer individual therapy session to explore your concerns further, along with day care and inpatient (rehab) treatment to address the issue.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Stimulant Addiction Treatment, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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