What Is Teen Stimulant Abuse?
Prescription stimulant drugs increase the stimulation of the mind and body, including activities, thoughts, and processes, which can affect a person’s energy, mood, alertness, and concentration. These medications are prescribed for such ailments as respiratory disorders, ADD, ADHD, narcolepsy, and sometimes Depression. Teen Stimulant Abuse occurs when these drugs are abused for the “high” effect, and especially among high school and college students, to attain higher levels of concentration and energy for school work, and/or for cramming for exams.
The most commonly abused Prescription Stimulants include: Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®), Methylphenidate (Ritalin® and Concerta®), and Amphetamines (Adderall®).
What It Looks Like
Prescription stimulants produce their effect by enhancing the effect of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that send messages) in the brain and body. This direct connection with the brain is what makes them so addictive, as over time, the brain can become addicted to the produced effect.
Another serious concern of teen stimulant abuse is that there are a number of negative health effects from the stimulants being combined with other drugs, especially depressants.
Stimulant withdrawal can be an especially difficult process, involving both mental and physical aspects. Therefore, it’s important for people to have professional treatment. Therapists can oversee a person’s physical health, as the body detoxifies from the stimulant, and provide any necessary support, so that the quitting is successful.
Secondly, therapists can help people who have become habitually addicted to needing the stimulant in order to perform their daily responsibilities. This can be a difficult transition, where people often feel apathetic and overwhelmed toward trying to operate without the stimulant, and so support and encouragement through this process is extremely helpful.
Lastly, as people begin to detoxify from the stimulant substance and re-establish healthy behaviors, a therapist can help them to look into what underlying stresses, challenges, or triggers, led them to using in the first place. This step towards recovery is fundamental in empowering the person to learn different ways to handle their stress, and therefore, not re-abusing in the future.
What if I’m addicted to Opioids, but I need them for my pain?
It’s true that Opioids can be very successful at providing relief from pain. However, if the need to address your pain has created an addiction to Opioids, then you have a much bigger problem to address than the original physical ailment. Opioid addiction is severe, putting you at extreme and immediate risk for a number of adverse health effects and death. There are a number of resources available to help treat your pain, which a therapist can provide you with when you stop using the Opioids. Your first step should be talking with a therapist or doctor and the sooner, the better.