Stimulants Addiction

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Frequently asked questions

How are stimulants misused?

People misuse stimulants by taking them in a way that is not intended, such as: taking someone else's prescription stimulant medication, even if it is for a medical reason, like ADHD; taking stimulant medication thinking it will improve your grades even though you do not have ADHD; taking more than the prescribed dose.

What are the risk factors for the abuse of prescription stimulants?

Risk factors for prescription drug abuse include past or present addictions to other substances, including alcohol and tobacco; a family history of substance abuse problems; and certain pre-existing psychiatric conditions like ADHD.

What are the symptoms of stimulants overdose?

While the symptoms of an overdose vary depending on the particular stimulant involved and the length and extent of use, the following are common symptoms of stimulant overdose: rapid rise in heart rate and blood pressure and shallow or laboured breathing.

How long does it take to develop a stimulant addiction?

It takes anywhere from several weeks to months to develop a serious stimulant addiction.

How much stimulant use does it take to become addicted?

It depends on the individual. There's no clear answer because there are so many different types of stimulants being used. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one study found that 80 per cent of college students who used methamphetamine experienced psychological dependence. Another study found that 90 per cent of college students who took Ritalin had developed a dependency.

How Do I Know if I’m addicted to a stimulant?

You might be experiencing signs of stimulant addiction if you feel out of control when taking stimulants, even though they're prescribed by your doctor. You might also notice withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit using them. If you've been diagnosed with a mental health condition like ADHD or bipolar disorder, you might be especially susceptible to developing a stimulant addiction.

Is Stimulant Abuse potentially deadly?

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, stimulant abuse is responsible for approximately 10,000 deaths annually.

What Are Some Common Symptoms of Stimulant Abuse?

People who abuse stimulants often experience symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, depression, weight loss, and poor concentration. They also may notice changes in appetite or body temperature.

Why do some people become addicted to stimulants while others do not?

There are many factors that contribute to whether someone becomes addicted to stimulants. Genetics plays a role in determining susceptibility to drug abuse. Other factors include environmental influences, personality traits, and brain chemistry.

How do I help someone who is abusing stimulants?

If you suspect that a loved one is abusing stimulants, talk to them about what they are doing. Try to get information from multiple sources, including friends and family members. You can call us on 0800 999 1083 for confidential help and to discuss treatment options.

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