Stimulant drugs can come in prescription and non-prescription forms. When taken as prescribed, these medications can help patients who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) function through the “noise” their minds create. However, when used improperly, or by people who do not need these medications it can have a variety of effects that include increased blood pressure, respiration, and heart rates; hostility, and paranoia. Sometimes the result of using stimulants improperly can be unsafe elevations in body temperature, heart failure, seizures, irregular heartbeat, or death.

What are Common Stimulants?

There are a variety of prescription stimulants on the market today. Many of them are perfectly safe when used as prescribed for those who need them – not to mention heavily regulated in hopes of avoiding the potential for abuse. Common prescription stimulants that are often abused include:

  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Focalin
  • Concerta

People abuse these medications for a variety of reasons. They are especially popular among college students. Some of them have been nicknamed the “study drug” because they are often taken by students who need to stay up late studying for exams. Some students take them to help control appetites, too, looking to avoid the freshman 15 or take a few pounds off before special events.


This nervous system stimulant is often snorted in a powder form, but it can also be dissolved in water and injected into the veins or smoked. It is also used to create crack, which produces a more intense, but short-lived high for users. People abuse cocaine, which is the only drug known to have anesthetic properties as well as stimulant properties, to experience the euphoric high it creates along with boosts of energy, confidence, alertness, and sexual arousal.

The crash from a cocaine high, however, can be decidedly unpleasant and may include symptoms of:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia

As people continue to use cocaine they develop a tolerance to the drug that encourages increasing doses at greater frequency. Prolonged exposure to cocaine can lead to more intense negative effects of the drugs with diminishing positive effects. Long-term abuse of cocaine can damage the central nervous system, impair cardiovascular health, and interfere with the user’s ability to breathe leading to heart attacks, seizures, or strokes.

And, of course, there is always the risk of overdose, risky behavior, and suicide as a result of cocaine abuse, which is why it is so important to encourage loved ones struggling with this addiction to seek help at a cocaine rehab center like Elevate Addiction Services that can help them through all stages of the recovery process.

Cocaine rehab is important and the sooner you get your loved one involved in an effective, reputable, and accredited cocaine rehab center, the better it will be for their continued good health and their recovery.

One of the disturbing facts about stimulants, cocaine in particular, is that people between the ages of 18 and 25 were more than twice as likely to use this drug than adults over the age of 25.

Methamphetamine Drugs

Meth treatment is another one that is best to begin sooner rather than later. The effects of long-term meth use are devastating to the physical health of users. Because the withdrawals from meth are so intense, it is essential to seek treatment from facilities that offer specific stimulant treatment programs for detoxification along with medical supervision.

Elevate Addiction Services understands that every addiction is unique and meth addicts face a more intense battle than some others – along with extended withdrawal periods that may require longer than average amounts of time going through the detoxification process. Because we offer individualized treatment for meth and cocaine rehab it is possible for each patient to progress through the various phases of the treatment cycle at his or her own pace.

In 2013, addiction to meth was listed as the leading drug class for addiction and recovery services in the state of California. Cocaine and other stimulant drugs accounted fore more than 7,600 treatment center admissions in the same year.

The Elevate Experience for Stimulant Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Elevate Addiction Services does not practice the traditional 12-step philosophy of treating addiction. Instead, we focus on holistic healing of the whole person – not simply treating the symptoms of addiction but also working to identify underlying causal or contributing factors.

We offer intensive counseling services, detoxification services that help reduce the pain of withdrawals while promoting safety throughout the process, nutritional counseling, exercise programs, mindfulness training, and a variety of amenities designed to rebuild a whole person after the ravages of addiction. These amenities include exercise gyms, hiking trails, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, and more. While intensive inpatient treatments are always the preferred choice for long-term addiction recovery, Elevate also offers outpatient services as well. These are ideal for patients who are unable to take time off work or away from their families to go through a residential program. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you or your loved one overcome an addiction to stimulant drugs.