Stimulant Abuse

A Serious Psychological Health Issue

Stimulants temporarily increase attention, alertness and energy to help legitimate users function in their daily lives. They’re also commonly diverted and abused, creating a variety of physical and psychological health issues. Stimulants were once used to treat conditions like asthma, obesity and other types of disorders; however, their widespread diversion and abuse caused the treatment community to significantly scale back their use in diagnoses. These days stimulants are primarily used to treat a select few conditions like ADHD, certain types of sleep disorder and varying levels of depression. RU Encore provides comprehensive and compassionate treatment for stimulant abuse, using a variety of music-based therapies.

Effects of Stimulant Abuse

Physical and Psychological Effects of Stimulant Abuse

Long-Term Damage

The longer a person abuses stimulants, the more serious, and potentially permanent, the effects are likely to be. While each person’s symptoms will be different depending on how long and how much they’ve been using these drugs, there are some common conditions affecting the brain and body like:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Pupil Dilation
  • Disturbed Sleep Patterns
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Aggression and Extreme Behavior
  • Paranoia and Psychosis

If you notice these or any other symptoms in yourself or someone you care about, seek professional help for stimulant abuse immediately.