Addiction to stimulants: the Enterhealth treatment approach
Enterhealth Ranch provides treatment for stimulant addiction. Stimulants such as cocaine and various amphetamines (especially methamphetamine, certain designer drugs like MDMA and bath salts) are popular drugs of abuse; their users span the entire spectrum of social and economic classes. People as young as 12 and as old as 75 can find themselves hooked on cocaine in its various forms, or on methamphetamine. Street names include speed, uppers, bennies, white crosses, dexies and crystal.
Common stimulant addictions treated at Enterhealth
- Methamphetamine also known as “meth” or “ice”
- Bath salts
- ADHD medications ( includes Adderall, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Ritalin, Vyvanse)
Enterhealth’s treatment approach for stimulants
At Enterhealth Ranch, our team of board-certified addiction psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, physicians and other experts take a holistic approach to treating stimulant addiction; combining their highly-trained expertise with the latest, science-based therapeutic and pharmacological techniques to help those suffering from stimulant addiction regain control, sobriety and stability in their lives. Proven to be more effective than traditional addiction treatment programs, the Enterhealth team developed an evidence-based set of treatments and protocols
based on the latest medical research from the National Institutes of Health identifying alcohol and drug dependency as a treatable chronic brain disease.
Medications used for stimulant addiction treatment
Unfortunately, no medications have been specifically approved for the treatment of stimulant dependence by the FDA at this time. However a variety of medications for stimulant addiction have been tested in numerous research trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), yet so far none have generated a great deal of excitement among addiction treatment specialists.. However, using recent NIH research findings, Enterhealth’s physcians are able to help reduce the symptoms of brain injury from stimulant addiction as well as enhance their energy and mood over time.
Stimulant withdrawal stabilization
Enterhealth Ranch provides residential medical detox (also known as withdrawal stabilization) services for stimulant addiction with 24-hour nursing and medical staff available at any hour of the day. Stimulant withdrawal can produce profound loss of energy and very intense cravings, which frequently result in relapse back to using and even death. Because the medical team at Enterhealth Ranch is able to keep the stimulant abuser safe and comfortable during this very dangerous time, the patient’s chances to start treatment and a new life of recovery are greatly enhanced.
Some people use stimulants to counteract the drowsiness or “down” caused by sleeping pills or alcohol. The “up/down” cycle is extremely dangerous and hard on the body. Remember, Enterhealth doctors are also very skilled at managing the physical part of the addiction by getting the stimulants out of the person’s system. The type of stimulant used affects how long it takes for the withdrawal symptoms to subside. Someone addicted to cocaine tends to have a shorter withdrawal time compared with those addicted to prescription stimulants such as Adderall.
Stimulant withdrawal signs and symptoms vary in severity and duration depending on specific drug, dose, and duration of use. They usually begin to occur within twenty-four hours of the last dose of stimulant. Potential symptoms include anxiety, chronic fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, nausea, diarrhea, excessive hunger, depression, lethargy, and significant problems with memory and thinking.
Withdrawal stabilization is not treatment
Please note that withdrawal stabilization is NOT treatment but, rather, serves only to remove the substance safely out of the body so that the treatment phase can be started.
Enterhealth’s comprehensive treatment
Inpatient rehab typically provides the highest rates of success when overcoming stimulant addiction. Treatment often consists of withdrawal stabilization and support groups. Ongoing therapy is used to treat other psychological aspects of stimulant addiction. Even through withdrawal symptoms and the physical need for stimulants are gone, the compulsive desire to use stimulants is still there. This makes ongoing treatment critical for preventing relapse.