Author: Justin Mckibben
Stimulants are well known as party drugs because they keep users alert and awake all night. Stimulants are often also abused by students trying to find a quick fix style remedy to stay up studying. The way these drugs work is by speeding up the messages going between the brain and the body through an increase in the activity of the central nervous system.
These drugs are very dangerous, and many people do not recognize the dangers of some prescription medications that actually have the same potential to become addictive and very devastating to the individuals mind and body. Those who are suffering need to know that there is stimulant drug addiction treatment, so that they can discover how to overcome this powerful and sometimes deadly affliction.
Stimulant Drug Addiction Treatment: Prescription Stimulants
There are many ways to describe the effects of stimulants. Physically they typically prescription stimulants are use for effects such as:
- Increased alertness
- Increased attention
- Increased energy
- Elevate blood pressure
- Regulating heart rate
- Regulating respiration
Stimulant drug addiction treatment acknowledges that stimulants were historically used to treat a variety of ailments that included but were not limited to:
- Asthma and other respiratory problems
- Neurological disorders
But as their potential for abuse and addiction became apparent, the medical use of stimulants has had a decrease over the years. Today stimulants are prescribed to treat those who have not responded to other treatments, and only for a few health conditions, including ADHD and depression.
A stimulant addiction is especially difficult when trying to make progress out of the stages of drug dependence when you are still taking some form of stimulant. Stimulant drug addiction treatment is designed to help people who have relied on a medication such as Adderall or other ADHD medications, either by providing alternatives or by helping them develop other coping skills.
Stimulant Drug Addiction Treatment: Types of Stimulants
Euphoric feelings are one of the major reasons that users choose to partake in stimulants. They are a result of an increase of Dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure that the individual experiences. Other drugs that are considered stimulants include:
- Crystal Methylamphetamine
- Crack Cocaine
Stimulant drug addiction treatment can be useful to save lives, especially with how stimulant abuse often claims lives. The use and continued abuse of stimulants has been found to be associated with a nearly two-fold increase in likelihood of suicidal behavior among people who inject drugs, according to research from the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre.
The role of drug addiction in suicide has for a long time been understood as a major risk factor. Suicide is the cause of 10% of deaths among drug users, and the amount of people who die from stimulant overdose only compounds the damage these drugs do to the people who don’t get stimulant drug addiction treatment.
Stimulant Drug Addiction Treatment: Detox
The first step in the process of stimulant drug addiction treatment is a medical detox. During this stage, individuals are given a confidential assessment in order to find out what drugs and how much is currently in the users system, as well as the length of time they have been using whatever stimulant.
Typically people are required to take a drug test and meet with an intake counselor to give a brief drug history to help with the initial assessment, and again all the results and information you share are kept confidential. These tests are done in order to make a treatment plan that will best serve a person’s individual needs. Plus if there is any other potential for risk then the staff would want to be aware in order to make sure all the persons medical needs are met.
During the detox period of stimulant drug addiction treatment, everything will be done to assure a person is kept comfortable. Meals and other needs provided and may be given medication to assist you in your detox from stimulant drugs in both a safe and comfortable way.
Stimulant Drug Addiction Treatment: Inpatient Rehab
The next stage of stimulant drug addiction treatment is inpatient rehab, which frequently is a program that lasts 30 days and offers safe haven while individuals start to build a foundation for recovery. Some stimulant drug addiction treatment programs last longer, from weeks to months longer for those who want to get as much professional treatment as possible.
During stimulant drug addiction treatment people again have their needs taken care of while they live in the facilities residential property. Inpatient rehab allows an addict in recovery to attend both individual and group therapy sessions where they will learn tools and healthy coping methods in order to continue to live a healthy sober lifestyle after completing stimulant drug addiction treatment.
People believe that their stimulant addiction is only a physical dependence, or even a necessity for a condition, but in reality they have surpassed their own reservations and continue to abuse stimulants that are very dangerous. Stimulant drug addiction treatment is all about helping those people live without those strings attached. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
By Cheryl Steinberg
If you’re like me and many others with a history of addiction, you have also – at one point in your life – been diagnosed with ADHD. Just what is it about ADHD (and addiction) that has us constantly seeking ways to increase pleasure – both harmful and innocuous?
It comes down to dopamine.
Neuroscience research has recently shown that people with ADHD have brains that are actually hard-wired for ‘novelty-seeking.’ And this is a trait that, until relatively recently, had a distinct evolutionary purpose and even advantage. When compared with people who don’t have ADHD, people with the so-called disorder have slow and underwhelmed brain reward circuits, which leaves everyday life feeling routine and under-stimulating.
In order to compensate for this, people with ADHD are typically drawn to new and exciting experiences (hence novelty-seeking) and become characteristically impatient and restless with the regimented structure that typifies our modern world.
In short, people with ADHD may not have a disorder or disease, but more of a set of behavioral traits that just don’t fit the expectations of our contemporary culture.
The release of dopamine in the reward circuit of the brain is incited by rewards such as sex, money, drugs, and new situations, in general. Besides generating a sense of pleasure, this dopamine signal tells your brain something like, “Pay attention, this is an important experience that is worth remembering.”
Dr. Nora D. Volkow, a scientist who directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has studied the dopamine reward pathway in people with ADHD. Her findings show that adults with ADHD had significantly fewer D2 and D3 receptors – two specific subtypes of dopamine receptors – in their reward circuits than did people who don’t have ADHD. Moreover, the lower the level of dopamine receptors was, the greater the symptoms of inattention.
These findings suggest that people with ADHD have reward circuits that are less sensitive at baseline than those without the disorder. Having a hampered reward circuit makes what others would find to be interesting seem dull and would explain, at least in part, why people with ADHD find repetitive and routine tasks unrewarding and even painfully boring.
Drugs that are in the psychostimulant class, such as Adderall and Ritalin, “help” by blocking the transport of dopamine back into neurons, thus increasing its level in the brain. What this really does is make boring, routine tasks more bearable.
Why the Increase in People with ADHD?
It seems that more and more children – as young as 2 and 3 years old – as well as adults are being diagnosed with ADHD. Some of this rising trend can no doubt be attributed to Big Pharma, the huge pharmaceutical industry, whose profitable drugs are the lifeblood of treatment.
Another is a social factor may be driving the ADHD “epidemic” and which has gone unnoticed: the increasingly glaring contrast between regimented and demanding school and work environments and the highly-stimulating digital world, where we spend most of our time while at school and work and during our down time.
The digital era is a world defined by instant gratification where practically any desire, fantasy, or bit of knowledge is literally at our fingertips. In comparison, school and work settings simply pale in comparison – being even duller to a novelty-seeking kid (perhaps one who would be diagnosed with ADHD today) living in the early 21st century than in previous decades, and the comparatively boring school environment might accentuate students’ inattentive behavior.
The Good News: The True Nature of ADHD
ADHD: Disease or Boredom? ADHD is more likely boredom in the face of routine and regimen. It is the increased desire for curiosity, imagination, and all things new; not a disease.
There shouldn’t be this rush to medicalize and medicate children’s – and adults – curiosity, energy and novelty-seeking. Because, in the right environment, these traits are not a disability, rather they are real assets.
A Natural Treatment for ADHD?
People have successfully “treated” their ADHD simply by altering the conditions of their environment – especially when it comes to the type of work they do – changing from a highly routinized one to one that was varied and unpredictable. They have found that, suddenly, their greatest liabilities, such as impatience, short attention span and restlessness, became resources.
This is what is really at the heart of ADHD: what it truly is and why it seems so prevalent in today’s culture.
Do you experience symptoms of ADHD? Are you attempting a sober lifestyle but think you have to take psychoactive drugs, like stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, in order to function? Have you developed a substance abuse problem related to your ADHD? If any of these apply to you or you are struggling with any type of substance abuse or addiction issue, call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak with an Addiction Specialist.
The newest ADHD therapy is in the form of a video game. Great, another distraction for our kids, right? Actually, no – Interactive Metronome is made specifically for children with ADHD. It can also be used for people with depression, autism and other behavioral problems.
Interactive Metronome Therapy for ADHD – In Interactive Metronome children play interactive games that focus on improving their brain timing and movement coordination. “The program tries to improve that brain timing and rhythm through a computer program. Patients hear a tone and have to clap their hands or tap their foot to match the beat. The screen gives instant feedback on how well they are keeping up. As their coordination improves, so does their concentration”.
Other ADHD Therapies
Behavioral Therapy – Creating a set schedule can also help improve consistency and attention in people with ADHD. Do the same thing and the same time every day – schedule wake up, shower, breakfast, lunch, dinner, play, school, homework, and sleep time at the exact time every day. Organize and keep things in the same place to avoid confusion.
Psychotherapy is effective for the treatment of the symptoms related to ADHD because it addresses behavior modification. Children and adults with ADHD have a difficult time regulating their emotional and behavioral response to situations. In ADHD psychotherapy people learning effective coping strategies to gain control over their symptoms. Therapists also help people design a plan for organization and prioritization, key areas of difficulty for those with ADHD.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination. ADHD affects about 3 – 5% of school aged children and is diagnosed more often in boys than in girls.
ADHD may run in families, but it is not clear exactly what causes it. Whatever the cause may be, it seems to be set in motion early in life as the brain is developing. Imaging studies suggest that the brains of children with ADHD are different from those of other children. Most children with ADHD also have at least one other developmental or behavioral problem. They may also have a psychiatric problem, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
Depression, lack of sleep, learning disabilities, tic disorders, and behavior problems may be confused with, or appear with, ADHD. Every child suspected of having ADHD should be carefully examined by a doctor to rule out possible other conditions or reasons for the behavior.
Adderall, Focalin, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Vyvanse, Concerta, Metadate, Daytrana and Ritalin are all different forms of medication commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These psychostimulants stimulate the central nervous system to “calm” someone with ADHD down. Methylphenidate drugs, like Ritalin, are the most commonly used psychostimulants for treating ADHD in both children and adults. As with every medication out there, ADHD has some bad side effects and death has occurred from taking them.
The big problem is that children as young as 4, can be put on ADHD medication. Parents are concerned, and rightfully so, that their child will start to depend on the medication and at some point become hooked. This case has proven true, especially in academia. Adolescents are selling Ritalin and Adderall are on middle school, high school and college campuses to help focus and do well in school. The pressure to succeed and make good grades pushes many good meaning kids to develop a drug habit for prescription pills. Other ADHD therapies must be available to help prevent addiction to prescription pills from developing early on. Luckily, those therapies do exist and parents have options. I’d like to see more variations of therapies available as fast as we see new medications being developed. We need to have a fair amount of different options for higher success rates.
If you or someone you know needs drug or alcohol treatment, call us at 800-951-6135 or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.