Stimulants

Stimulants

in Chatsworth, California

Two million Americans are dependent on cocaine or other stimulants. These are some of the most commonly abused drugs in the world – but also some of the hardest for addicts to quit. With the right treatment, it’s possible to quit stimulant use and start on the path to recovery.

Golden Road Recovery in Chatsworth CA is experienced in treating stimulant addictions. We offer detox, treatment and aftercare services, allowing you to receive all of your treatment services under one roof. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment services for stimulant addictions.

What are Stimulants? What Makes Them Addictive?

Stimulants speed up the body’s systems. These drugs come from legitimate sources, or they can be manufactured exclusively for the illicit market. Prescription stimulants are most commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and include Adderall (amphetamine-dextroamphetamine) and Ritalin (methylphenidate).

Illicit stimulants include methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy. Both prescription and illicit stimulants are addictive and have the potential for abuse. People who use stimulants can become dependent because the drugs make them feel alert, awake and energized. Over time, users find it difficult to live without these substances.

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Why are Stimulants Dangerous?

Even though people tend to feel good on stimulants, these drugs take a toll on the brain. The American Psychological Association says that stimulants pack a triple-whammy to people’s decision-making capabilities, negatively impacting their reasoning abilities and making it more difficult to control impulsiveness and compulsiveness.

Stimulant users face problems both physically and psychologically. Here are some of the most concerning dangers to be aware of:

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Detox from Stimulant Drugs

The first step in quitting stimulants is detox. During detox, doctors manage the physical symptoms as you get the drugs out of your system. The detox process is no picnic, but it’s a lot easier when you have a medical team by your side to manage your symptoms and help you through each phase.

The intensity of your detox symptoms depends on the severity of your addiction. People who use stimulants for a long time, take them in high doses and/or combine them with other drugs can expect a longer and harder detox process. This happens because it takes longer for the body to rid itself of the drugs.

Some of the most common detox stimulant symptoms include mood swings, depression, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, cravings and restlessness. Usually these symptoms last a week, though some may last longer. Rest assured that medication and behavioral therapy are available to manage these symptoms.

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Inpatient Treatment for Stimulant Addiction

Once you have completed detox from stimulants, you’ll move onto a treatment program. Golden Road Recovery offers inpatient treatment that follows our medically supervised detox. We offer a comfortable residence in Chatsworth CA where clients can continue recovering from their stimulant addiction while learning essential life skills and coping strategies.

Furthermore, our inpatient treatment program follows a whole-body approach that addresses your mind, body and spirit. We’ll help you heal from your addiction while helping you build a healthier and happier version of your new self. Contact the admissions department at Golden Road Recovery to learn more about our programs.

Why Group Support is So Important

Group support offers clients a chance to hear different perspectives and share thoughts. Let’s start by talking about the benefits in which attending a group can be helpful. Group therapy can help bring people together who are going through a difficult time or have shared similar experiences. Participating in a group can offer insights that you may be too close to the situation to see. Processing and opening up about past traumas or uncomfortable feeling around others helps to take the power out of the pain, then making it easier to work through in an individual therapy session. Like we hear in the program, what we can’t do alone we can do together. Generally speaking, a clinician facilitating a group will choose a topic or theme which will prompt clients to begin sharing on the said topic relating their experience, which often brings up painful or joyful memories for the client to focus attention and awareness to how they behave as a result of their past. It is important to practice mindfulness and grounding exercises when someone begins to talk about a dangerous or traumatic experience, which should allow the client to share without re-living the whole situation. This can include being in the here and now, rather than living in the past or feeling shame behind previous experiences. Like we often hear in 12 step support groups, what we can’t do alone we can do together. There is power in numbers, which is why I recommend to getting in the middle of the circle.