Drug users will claim that stimulants, both legal and illicit stimulants, are very useful substances. In fact, there are some prescription medications that are very useful in the treatment of conditions like Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While that might be true, most stimulants have one very destructive characteristic, they are highly addictive.
For several decades now, the nation has been dealing with a methamphetamine abuse epidemic. There have been a great number of otherwise healthy Americans who have fallen victim to said substance. There’s also been a drastic increase in the abuse of the aforementioned prescription medications.
We point this out because the fact you are reading this information might indicate you or someone you know has a stimulant addiction. If that’s true, the first thing we want to do is to encourage you or them to get help. For all intents and purposes, getting help amounts to entering into a reputable drug and alcohol addiction treatment center.
As you contemplate getting treatment, a discussion about the effects of abstaining from any further stimulant abuse seems in order. You surely are aware that most addiction sufferers are going to encounter withdrawal symptoms within the first day of denying their body the substance it now craves. While it’s necessary to go through withdrawal, it’s not a pleasant experience. In some cases, it can be deadly.
We want to take this opportunity to tell you about how a professionally run detox program can help keep you safe while you go through withdrawal. Before we start that discussion, we want you to see the following list of potential withdrawal symptoms. The ones listed here should be enough to give you a good idea of just how dangerous stimulant withdraw can be:
- Severe cramping in the stomach region
- Loss of motor control and confusion
- Tremors, convulsions, and hallucinations
- Profuse sweating
- The onset of psychosis – anxiety, depression and suicide ideology
- Extreme fatigue
- Issues with blood pressure and heart rate
This is bad news. The good news is you don’t have to go through withdrawal on your own. There are detox programs that can help keep you safe.
What Is a Typical Stimulant Withdrawal Treatment to Manage Symptoms?
Detox is a big part of the recovery process. You need time to get past your withdrawal symptoms and set aside any residual cravings. A reputable addiction treatment center will give you that opportunity by prescribing you serve some time in a detox program. The following is a description of how a stimulant detox program is run.
As part of the rehab intake process, the facility’s clinicians will seek information about your addiction. If they deem it to be a significant addiction based on certain information, they will most likely assign you to a medically monitored detox program.
The goal of any detox program is to help clients clear withdrawal with as little pain and discomfort as possible. With any luck, clients can accomplish this without medication intervention. A natural detox process is optimum for the client. The detox staff will help the client focus on eating better and exercising, which is very useful during detox.
The problem is stimulant withdrawal is seldom painless. That’s why there has to be medication intervention.
When Medication Intervention is Required
The detox facility’s medical staff has no intention of letting any clients suffer. Based on the aforementioned list of potential withdrawal symptoms, it should be clear there is a lot of potential for a stimulant detox client to be exposed to high levels of pain and discomfort. The medical staff won’t let that happen.
Under the direction of a medical doctor, relief medications can be issued. While it might seem counterproductive to treat drug addiction with more drugs, combating pain is a priority. The alternative is the client opting out of treatment in order to go back to using to avoid the pain and discomfort. That’s not acceptable on any level. The reality is the client should be safe while taking prescription medications under the care of a licensed physician.
There’s no time like the present to stop abusing stimulants and start putting your life back together. We exist as a rehab center to help you do exactly that. To start your journey down the road to recovery, you must call us at (866) 840-6411. From there, we can work together to make your addiction something that’s buried in your past.