Stimulants, when used properly, are prescribed to help treat a variety of disorders, including certain types of mental illness like ADHD. The drugs are also given to help treat other health problems such as asthma and obesity.

Admitting You Need Help

When stimulants, also called “uppers,” are abused, the brain slowly changes. Pleasure and reward receptors become desensitized and eventually die. Over time, only stimulant drugs can make an addict feel happiness. As the addiction progresses, the drug is needed in order to simply feel normal.

Both illegal and prescription drugs can be classified as stimulants. These include:

  • Cocaine and crack cocaine
  • Amphetamine
  • Adderall
  • Methamphetamine (crystal meth)
  • Ephedrine
  • MDMA (ecstasy)

Abusing these drugs over time can lead to significant psychological and physical health problems.

What to Expect

Most stimulant treatment programs begin with detox, which typically takes up to one week. This the beginning of the healing process. Addicts going through detox will experience some type of withdrawal symptom; acute withdrawals are typically helped with antidepressants and benzodiazepines. While no medication can completely eliminate withdrawal symptoms, medications can help make them more manageable. The goal of detox is to help keep the patient as comfortable and as safe as possible.

According to the plan that the client has decided on, the next step in the recovery process after detox is either residential or outpatient treatment. This part of recovery lasts between 30 and 90 days. During this time, the client’s primary focus is on treatment.

Some find that they may not quite be free of their addiction even after successfully completing intensive rehabilitation. Real Recovery’s sober living residences can help provide extra help while transitioning back to a clean and sober life.

Recovery is an ongoing effort that must continue even after professional treatment is over, but with the right support, long-lasting sobriety is possible.

Seeking Help for a Stimulant Addiction

At Real Recovery of Asheville, our personalized treatment plans, qualified staff and tailored approach to recovery have a proven track record of success. We focus on treating our clients with respect and dignity, approaching your addiction with an understanding that everyone’s experience with substance abuse is different and requires an individual plan.

The only way to change your life for the better is to seek out help. Take the first step and start your recovery today.