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Stimulant Rehab Information

Colorado Stimulant Addiction Rehab Information

It’s no secret that Colorado ranks among the top states in the nation for illicit drug abuse across all potential drug types. Stimulants are the third most common drug category at issue among drug-related deaths in Colorado. It also accounts for 20-40% of hospitalizations for drug treatment, with cocaine being the second most common drug (after alcohol) responsible for emergency room visits.

The types of drugs we refer to as stimulants include:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Crack cocaine
  • Speed
  • Ice
  • Prescription stimulants and amphetamines

Prescription stimulant medications include such drugs as Ritalin, Adderall, and Dexadrine, among others. These drugs are often prescribed as a pediatric treatment for attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity, depression, or narcolepsy. For this reason, many young people go on to become addicted to these substances in adulthood. In fact, about half of all children who take these medications will develop a substance abuse issue.

One in three will also develop obsessive and/or compulsive behavior after being on it for just one year, which is one aspect of what we call a co-occurring disorder. Co-occurring disorders must be treated along with the addiction to give the individual under treatment a better chance of success.

Effects of cocaine and methamphetamine

Stimulants are highly addictive, and for some individuals, they represent the only way they are able to feel pleasure. Users receive an intense rush of euphoria that is, to some, unmatchable through normal activities. This is the reason that users will come back to it again and again. While it may take a long time for some people to get addicted, others will use it continually, which will lead to addiction more quickly.

The unfortunate consequences of stimulant addiction, especially where it concerns methamphetamine, are far-reaching. Psychologically, medically, and socially, the drug wreaks havoc on the life of the addict, leading to memory loss, psychotic episodes, tooth rot, and tooth loss, and can cause severe and permanent damage to the cardiovascular system.

Its use also contributes to an increase in crime, unemployment, child abuse and neglect, unemployment, and the onset of chronic diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. The cost to our nation is in the realm of 5 billion each and every year.

Signs of stimulant addiction

The outward signs of stimulant addiction are the same as they are for stimulant abuse without addiction. With addiction, these symptoms may become more pronounced and the cravings more intense.

These signs include:

  • Heavily dilated pupils
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Violent and/or extreme mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Visual acuity issues
  • Hallucinations, both visual and auditory
  • Frequent and persistent headaches
  • Loss of appetite, extreme weight loss, loss of interest in food
  • Inability to sleep/not sleeping for days at a time
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Obsessive behavior
  • Changes in skin texture and tone
  • Picking at skin/scabbing on face or other parts of the body
  • Gum disease and rotting teeth
  • Intense cravings for more of the drug

Stimulant withdrawal symptoms

Attempting to withdraw from stimulants “cold turkey” can bring with it a number of adverse symptoms, including:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeping too much
  • Marked increase in appetite/weight gain
  • Extreme agitation/anxiety
  • Nightmares/night terrors
  • Body aches and pains
  • Intestinal disorders

Depending on what type of stimulants you are addicted to and how long you have been using it for, the long-term effects differ greatly.

Short-term effects include:

  • Jaw-clenching or teeth grinding
  • Higher heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Reckless behavior

While these symptoms may not be enough to stop an addict from continuing along a destructive path, they may be precursors to bigger issues down the road.

Long-term effects of stimulant use include:

  • Risk of addiction
  • Higher risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension
  • Extreme weight-loss
  • Hair loss
  • Chronic gum and tooth disease
  • Risk factor for stroke

With long-term stimulant use or addiction, there is also a greater risk of contracting HIV or Hepatitis B or C, either through sharing needles or by misadventure or by associating closely with individuals who are already infected.

Getting help in Colorado for stimulant addiction

Occasional users of stimulants including methamphetamine and cocaine may not be physically addicted, however, therapy and other treatments are often helpful in providing a resource of coping mechanisms that can help you avoid falling into addictive behaviors.

If you are abusing stimulants, some signs that you may need treatment can include:

  • Inability to maintain personal relationships
  • Inability to cope with day-to-day tasks and stress
  • Loss of job, loss of friends
  • Severe depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irrationality, paranoia, and high anxiety
  • Inability to feel pleasure without the help of stimulants

If you feel that you or someone you care for could benefit from treatment for stimulant abuse or addiction in Colorado, the sooner you seek help, the better. With treatment, therapy, and counseling, it is possible to recapture the joy of living without the need for a substance to deliver it artificially.

Depending on the level of addiction and the age of the individual, the process may be swift, or it may take several months to accomplish. With caring support and a program that is specific to the addiction as well as the age and gender of the person under treatment, recovery is possible.

Stimulant Treatment Options in Colorado for Young Adults

Peaks Recovery is dedicated to supporting the recovery of young adults from a wide range of addictions and co-occurring disorders.

Treatment is conducted on an in or outpatient basis at our Colorado Springs facility, a state-of-the-art medical treatment center nestled in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Through our individualized treatment programs, we are able to help young adults reclaim their lives and rediscover their dreams as they go on to enjoy living life free of stimulants and addictive behavior.

Age-specific, gender-specific stimulant treatment options in Colorado

As a program dedicated to young adults, Peaks Recovery in Colorado Springs is an ideal place to recover from addictions, including speed, cocaine, crack cocaine, and/or prescription stimulant dependence.

Our facility is far removed from the high stress of city life and provides a peaceful, beautiful, and tranquil setting from which to recover. Each program includes a varied cross-section of therapies, including one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and recreational activities like hiking in the mountains, horseback riding, physical fitness, and competitive group activities. We also offer educational guidance and support so that the participant can keep up with their studies as they recover.

Time spent in recovery, especially in the initial stages, is a very vulnerable time for most addicts, and as a young adult, these feelings may be greatly amplified. We try to give those under treatment the best possible chance of success, and for this reason, we are firmly committed to age and gender-specific treatment plans.

Research shows that age-specific and gender-specific addiction therapy is more effective than blended group therapy for long-term success. By treating young adults of a similar age together, they are able to relate to their group as peers, with none of the inherent behaviors and posturing that may occur in a blended-age group.

The same is true for gender-specific treatment options: separating the genders gives young adults in recovery the ability to relax and be more honest about their feelings and the physical symptoms they are going through. When males and females are treated in the same environment, progress may be inhibited due to each individual’s need to either “seem cool” or to attract the attention of the opposite sex.

Co-occurring disorders in combination with stimulant addiction

Addicts and drug abusers alike may come to us with co-occurring disorders such as bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, trauma disorder, or anxiety disorder. The presence of the opposite sex may intensify these syndromes, making successful recovery from their stimulant addiction even more difficult.

It is important to us to treat the whole person, rather than simply treating the addiction on its own. Co-occurring disorders can exacerbate a stimulant addiction, and left untreated there is a high potential for relapse as a result.

If we determine that you are affected by a co-occurring disorder and are able to diagnose the issue during treatment, we will tailor your program to include treatment for the co-occurring disorder. Depending on the situation, this may include medications as well as individual and group therapies, but each program will vary based on the needs of the individual.

Recovery doesn’t end when treatment is over. We aim to help our participants succeed in the world by providing ongoing life-skills programs to support them in resuming their lives and recapturing their dreams. As such, there is no determinate time involved, and success is our only goal.

Peaks Recovery Stimulant Addiction Rehab in Colorado

Our beautiful facility in Colorado Springs, CO, is located in a pastoral area, far away from the anxieties, people, and stressors that led to stimulant addiction. By giving our patients a serene and healthy environment in which to recover, we are better able to reintroduce them to the joys of living in beautiful Colorado. If you or a loved one is in need of treatment for stimulant abuse or addiction, get in touch today. We care and are here to help.