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Stimulant Detox

Excel Treatment Center can organize stimulant detox and provide the lasting support necessary to recover from this addiction. If you or a loved one are addicted to stimulants and want to stop, we can help you.

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Stimulant Detox

Anyone who has experience of stimulant addiction knows that it’s a serious issue. Stimulant addiction can have a range of negative mental and physical health effects. It is one of the leading causes of people seeking drug treatment in America, and according to the DEA, use is on the rise in New Jersey.

Many people who are addicted to stimulants feel that there is no way out. They feel trapped in a cycle of living to use stimulants and using stimulants to live. Although it may seem impossible, with the right support, breaking this vicious cycle is easier than many people think. It begins with detox and continues with actively engaging in a program of recovery. There are millions of Americans who are currently in recovery from stimulant addiction.

Excel Treatment Center can organize stimulant detox and provide the lasting support necessary to recover from this addiction. If you or a loved one are addicted to stimulants and want to stop, we can help you.

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What Are Stimulants?

Stimulants are a class of drugs which include Ritalin, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack, Adderall, and caffeine. Although these drugs may cause slightly different effects, the one thing they have in common is that they speed up the body.

All of these drugs change the levels of dopamine in the body. This is a neurotransmitter that naturally increases in response to pleasurable activities such as eating, socializing, or having sex.

However, stimulant drugs cause the levels of dopamine to build up far beyond natural levels, causing a euphoric feeling in users. People find it very enjoyable and feel more confident, intelligent, and talkative. However, these feelings are not sustainable.

Stimulants only act for a short period of time. When they wear off, the levels of dopamine in the body are depleted. Users feel a ‘crash’ and emotions can feel lower than before they used the drug. Some will seek to keep the euphoric ‘high’ feeling going and will take stimulants repeatedly. This is the beginning of a psychological addiction, which can become a physical one if not treated.

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Stimulant Addiction

As people use stimulants more and more frequently, they can start to rely on them. People get used to the increased levels of confidence stimulants give, they like the feeling of euphoria, and they mistakenly think that stimulants improve their lives.

With time, the brain adapts to the constant presence of drugs and it becomes reliant on stimulants to regulate itself. It becomes used to the constant build-up of dopamine, and effectively develops a tolerance to it. This leads to users feeling low when they do not have the drug in their bloodstream.

This sets off a vicious cycle of users taking the drug to relieve negative feelings, and their addiction worsens. It can be alarming to read that stimulants cause a physical change in the brain, though this does not have to be permanent. It may be reassuring to know that the brains ability to adapt is what makes recovery possible.

The first step on the path to recovery is detox. This involves withdrawing from the drug, to allow it to leave the body.

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Stimulant Withdrawal

Physical Symptoms

Stimulants are very hard on the body. Users can sometimes go days without sleeping or eating. They can also cause muscle spasm, irregular heartbeat, and in some instances, seizures.

Physical side effects during withdrawal are common and some of these include:

There are no substitute drugs that can be used for a stimulant detox. Instead, users will be asked to try to reduce usage down before they go to detox. Even if they don’t manage this, it is still possible to withdraw safely if given the right support.

Occasionally, people may require psychiatric medication, anti-anxiety medication, or sleep aids. Also, if someone is malnourished, then nutritional support can be given too.

Mental Symptoms

During a stimulant detox, the mental side effects are more pronounced than the physical. These are often overlooked as users focus on the more visible effects however, mental symptoms can be just as disruptive and challenging to cope with.

Some of them include:

Although these can seem all-consuming to stimulant users, they do not last forever. The detox team are skilled in treating the immediate acute stimulant withdrawal symptoms. They are committed to making your first steps into recovery as comfortable as possible – there really is no need to go it alone.

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Withdrawal Timeline

Detox from stimulants can be broken down into two stages – acute and post-acute. The main acute stage lasts around two to three weeks. This is when the symptoms are at their most severe. However, for some months following this initial stage, users may experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS).

During the first one to three days of stimulant withdrawal, users may start to feel the physical effects of the detox. They are also likely to experience insomnia and a disrupted appetite. The acute physical symptoms should start to subside by day 10.

From this point, it is likely that users will only experience mental symptoms, which should reduce by day 18. After this point, any symptoms should be viewed as PAWS. During this stage, users will likely experience fleeting urges to use and occasional depression or anxiety.


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