Speed. Crank. Uppers. Stimulants go by many different names, but have a high potential for abuse and addiction no matter what they’re called. Also known as amphetamines, stimulants include street drugs like methamphetamine, as well as medications like Adderall or Ritalin used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While meth is notorious for destroying lives, prescription stimulants are startlingly similar with potent effects that mimic harder drugs, and the misuse of either can lead to addiction and chemical dependency.

At the Detox Center of Colorado, we take stimulant abuse seriously no matter what form it takes. We’ve seen firsthand how these drugs can impact the lives of those affected and provide comprehensive detox and transitional programs to help men overcome their addiction. Our goal is to give each client the chance to build a brighter future and establish a strong foundation for lasting recovery so that they can rediscover a life free from substance abuse.

What Are Stimulants?

What Are Stimulants?

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What Are Stimulants?

Stimulants are a class of drugs that increase activity in the central nervous system, giving users a burst of energy, focus and alertness. Often used for partying or increasing productivity, stimulants provide a long-lasting high and are popular among college students, athletes and workers looking for a quick boost. With strong addictive properties, however, stimulant abuse can quickly become habit-forming and lead to dangerous side effects that include paranoia, insomnia and erratic behavior. Long-term use can create even more serious health problems, often exacerbated by periods of bingeing and crashing that strain the body. As addiction takes hold, tolerance to the drug rises and users become trapped in a dangerous cycle that is hard to break without professional help.

Signs of Stimulant Use

Signs of Stimulant Use

Signs of Stimulant Use

Stimulants work by releasing large amounts of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure, reward and motivation. This triggers a long-lasting, euphoric high that makes users feel more confident and alert, but at the expense of their overall health. Stimulants are hard on the body, and frequent or regular use is often accompanied by noticeable signs that are difficult to ignore, including:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Seeming jittery or restless
  • Risky, impulsive behavior
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Poor hygiene
  • Skin sores
  • Dental problems (“meth mouth”)
  • Cardiovascular damage
  • Stealing or lying to support habit
  • Financial or legal troubles
  • Increased isolation from friends or family
  • Noticeable withdrawal symptoms

The combined physical, mental and social effects of stimulant abuse have a profound impact on users and can cause lasting damage, often requiring specialized care to begin the healing process. At the Detox Center of Colorado, we know how hard it is to overcome stimulant addiction, and provide comprehensive detox and transitional care programs to help clients get a healthy start in their recovery. By expertly managing the mental and physical effects of stimulant abuse, our experienced clinicians deliver a comfortable, therapeutic experience that heals mind and body to establish a strong foundation for lasting recovery.

Stimulant Addiction Treatment at the Detox Center of Colorado

Stimulant Addiction Treatment at the Detox Center of Colorado

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Stimulant Addiction Treatment at the Detox Center of Colorado

The surge of dopamine caused by stimulant use puts the body into overdrive, creating an unsustainable high that disrupts the natural chemical balance within the brain. Over time, dopamine depletion makes it hard for users to experience pleasure, joy or happiness while not under the influence and triggers a deep depression known as anhedonia. Because it takes time for the brain to heal from the neurological effects of stimulant abuse, overcoming the impact on one’s mental health is the biggest challenge faced by those in recovery. Detox is an essential first step in addressing these concerns to ensure meaningful progress later on.

At the Detox Center of Colorado, our comprehensive detox, mental health and transitional services are designed to get clients through this difficult stage of recovery and set them up for success in a long-term treatment program. With high-quality care that safely eliminates toxins from the body and incorporates mental, physical and emotional assessments to identify the unique needs of each individual, our team of experts helps to alleviate unpleasant symptoms and hasten the healing process so clients can move forward in recovery. Some of the therapeutic techniques we use include:

  • Medically-supervised detox
  • 24/7 nursing and support staff
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Dual diagnosis care
  • Symptom management
  • Comfortable, home-like facility
  • Relapse prevention
  • Next-step planning and transitional care

Together, our services help clients overcome their initial dependency on stimulants and allow them to regroup, refocus and stabilize before beginning the next stage of recovery, clearing the way for further treatment. No matter what the future holds, our team is there to ensure each client feels ready for post-detox treatment and has the opportunity to achieve lasting sobriety in a program that meets their specific needs.

What Happens After Detox?

What Happens After Detox?

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What Happens After Detox?

Detox is just the beginning of the lifelong pursuit of recovery, and our goal is to get each client into an appropriate treatment program before they’re discharged from our facility. Our team works closely with clients and their families to find the right level of care for each individual, and helps coordinate next-step planning for a smooth transition. The lingering effects of stimulant abuse often require intensive care in a long-term program, so we work to balance this need with each client’s situation to find the right fit. Many go on into residential, outpatient or sober living programs, but clients can also transfer into our Transitional Residence Program for further emphasis on post-detox stabilization and continued support as they explore the available treatment options. We know that every client is unique, so we provide a level of care and attention that ensures each individual can find the right path to lasting recovery.