Stimulants affect certain chemicals in the brain. In general, they increase dopamine and concentration. Prescription stimulants, like those prescribed for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are intended to increase focus and provide a sense of calm. Like many other drugs, they can cause a sense of euphoria, which makes them very addictive.
WHAT ARE STIMULANTS?
Stimulants, also known as speed or uppers, stimulate the central nervous system and amplify the brain’s activity to an abnormally high level. Prolonged use or abuse will cause the brain not to function normally in the absence of these drugs.Get Help Now
Some of the types of stimulants can include:
- Amphetamine (meth, speed)
- MDMA (Ecstacy)
- Bath Salts
CAN YOU QUIT STIMULANTS COLD TURKEY?
Quitting cold turkey with stimulants is dependent on the type of stimulant being abused. Though some addicts could be advised to quit cold turkey, others are advised to gradually start tapering off the usage. In most cases, withdrawing from stimulants should be under the supervision of a medically trained staff in a detox facility.
STIMULANT WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
When one has been heavily using stimulants they may be awake for long periods of time and will ultimately “crash.” They will become depressed and may sleep for hours or even days.
When they wake, the user will experience additional withdrawal symptoms, the most dangerous being severe depression to the point of suicidal thoughts and acts. This is why it’s critical to seek stimulate addiction recovery treatment for addiction instead of the addict trying to quit stimulants on their own. The withdrawal symptoms of stimulants can vary depending on the person’s history with the drugs, physical health, and tolerance.
Two or more of these symptoms usually occur:
- Jittery reactions
- Dulled senses
- Slowed speech
- Loss of interest
- Slowed movements
- Slow heart rate
- Increased appetite
- Impaired memory
- Weight loss or gaunt appearance
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Body aches
- Drug cravings
- Unpleasant dreams
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STIMULANT WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE
Generally, stimulant withdrawal can be broken down into these four stages. exact withdrawal timeline and symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the dependency.
First 24-28 hours after last use: unhappiness fatigue anxiety panic paranoia
Days 4-10: Strong cravings Fatigue & depression may still be present.
Days 11-17: Insomnia Depression Mood swings Hypersomnia
Days 18+: Remaining symptoms at this point are considered post-acute withdrawal symptoms
MEDICATION FOR STIMULANT WITHDRAWAL
Stimulants are cleared from the individuals body pretty quickly depending on the usage and dosage. With stimulants, there has not been any medication to be proven to help with the withdrawals, but there are some that help individuals cope with the symptoms. Some of these medications could include:
In the case where mental health disorders arise due to the stimulant use, anti-depressants may be prescribed.
Anti-anxiety medications may be used for a short time frame to subside with anxiety symptoms of withdrawal.
Anti-psychotics and short doses of benzodiazepines may be used to help with agitation and irritability.
OUR DETOX PROCESS
Not every individual needs detox, but usually it is a vital step into full recovery.
At Peaks Recovery, our medical detox stages can look like this:
Stages of Detox
Within the first 24 hours of admission you will meet with our primary care physician and psychiatrist for a health and physical screening and full psychiatric evaluation.
To address any primary drug and alcohol substance use disorder; including any underlying mental health concerns, requires medical stabilization to ensure every patient’s safety and well-being so that they can focus on their recovery goals.
Medical Detox addresses the acute physiological and psychiatric concerns. Like the removal of a cast, the real rehabilitation begins after medical detox.
AFTER STIMULANT DETOX
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Detoxing from stimualants is the first step toward recovery. However, the evidence is clear that the longer a person distances themselves from their last use of stimualants, the greater chance of recovery. At Peaks Recovery Centers, the next step in our recovery process is transitioning into our gender specific residential inpatient rehab.