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Stimulants are a broad class of drugs which affect both the brain and physical functioning, causing you to stay awake for longer, feel more alert and generally more energetic. While these often short-lived side effects may initially seem appealing, the potential damage to your cardiovascular and respiratory systems with long-term use cannot be ignored.

Stimulant addiction treatment at Priory

Stimulant addiction treatment at Priory will help to break the cycle of stimulant abuse. If you require treatment for stimulant addiction, Priory’s nationwide hospital and wellbeing centre locations offer a combination of individual therapeutic care and rehabilitation. Treatment for stimulant addiction can take place as part of our 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme, with the length and type of treatment that you receive dependent on your unique condition and the severity of your addiction. In addition, you may also require a medically-assisted detoxification programme, providing complete removal of the stimulant from your system within a safe and understanding environment.

Different types of stimulants

Stimulant addiction can begin with the legal taking of prescription drugs intended for relief in diagnosed medical conditions, especially amphetamines including Adderall for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which has been abused in the UK for some time, although they are predominantly sourced illegally.

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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.

Equally popular is cocaine and its rock-like form, 'crack', both of which have become more acceptable and more affordable in recent times. Amongst users, stimulants have a ‘positive image’ in contrast to more dangerously perceived drugs such as the recreational opioid heroin. Particularly within the younger generation and student populations, stimulants are associated with a party lifestyle, although taking them even once can have dangerous consequences and unwanted side effects.

This page was reviewed by Stephanie Chick (FDAP) in July 2020.

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