Prescription Stimulant Abuse is Serious
The longer someone uses or abuse a stimulant, the higher the risk of creating problems and even lift-threatening situations become. Blu By the Sea has helped many people recover from alcohol and drug addiction, including those who abuse stimulants.
Stimulants come in various forms, with the overall effect of making the user feel energized and acutely alert. That high level of energy, however, is typically short-lived and comes with a slew of potential side effects, health hazards and other dangers.
What They Are
Common stimulants are cocaine and methamphetamine, although prescription stimulant abuse is another hazardous habit. The prescription drugs of Dexedrine, Adderall ,Concerta and Ritalin can be helpful for treating narcolepsy, ADHD and depression, but they can be extremely harmful when taken for recreational use without doctor’s orders.
What They Do
Stimulants give users a boost by increasing the dopamine levels in their brains. Increased levels can lead to euphoria, but it can also lead to restlessness, irritability and insomnia. Weight loss or a decreased appetite are common side effects, as are rapid speech and increased heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure. Users can become paranoid when the drug hits its peak, depressed as the effects wear off, and very easily addicted.
If users snort cocaine, meth or other stimulants, they run the risk of ending up with clogged up or decimated nasal passages. Prolonged use of stimulants can create health complications, and the drugs always pose the risk of overdose. Additional dangers include:
- Breathing problems
- Chest pain and pressure indicative of a heart attack
- Unconsciousness or coma
- Sudden death
Once someone crosses the line of stimulant use to dependence on or addiction to the drug, additional hazards can complicate his or her life. Chronic stimulant abuse can lead to:
- Accidents: Drug use and abuse increases the chances of engaging in risky behaviors and dangerous activities, such as driving under the influence.
- Family and relationship issues: As the drug becomes more important in a person’s life, relationships can become less important.
- Problems at work, school and meeting responsibilities: Drug addiction can make it tough to meet deadlines, show up on time or even show up at all.
- Legal and financial problems: Driving under the influence and other risky behaviors can lead to a legion of legal woes. Addiction can also be expensive, prompting the drug abuser to mismanage money or steal to get more.
- Increased risk of suicide: People who are addicted to drugs have higher suicide rates than those who do not suffer from addiction.
No matter what stage of addiction a drug abuser faces, Blu By the Sea can help. With individualized programs tailored to meet each person’s needs, our facility can provide the help someone needs to break the dangerous cycle of addiction and enter a new life of recovery.
Call a Blu By the Sea professional today at 1 (850) 424-3252 for more information or to find a program that can work for you or your loved one.