Cocaine & Adderall Addiction Treatment

Cocaine Addiction Treatment in Orange County, CA

Stimulants produce a high unlike any other—a feeling of intense euphoria, that you are mentally sharp and can do anything. However, that high comes with a price—crippling dependence and addiction—that is simply too high to pay because it can stop your life in its tracks. 

There are a couple of main types of stimulants: illicit drugs and prescription drugs. Chief among the illegal drugs is cocaine. It is especially addictive because it creates a rush of dopamine in the brain, which will make you crave more and more of it to continue getting that high. That increased tolerance and need may spiral into a cocaine addiction if you find you can’t function without the drug. 

Cocaine use can take a toll on the body—health risks include an irregular heartbeat, nausea and muscle tremors. Over the long term, those health problems can become more severe. Depending on how the cocaine is ingested, you may experience chronic nosebleeds, asthma and other respiratory problems and collapsed veins; you can also run the risk of contracting a disease such as hepatitis C or HIV if the cocaine is injected. 

The signs of cocaine addiction are also troubling. You may not be able to sleep or eat properly, which can negatively affect your mood, brain function and overall health. You may think you can’t live without cocaine, or you find that you have to increase your dosage in order to get the high you crave. If you do try to quit using, it can lead you to feel depressed and anxious, or you may start to feel jumpy because you can no longer tolerate things or people touching you.  

Adderall Addiction Details

Addiction to drugs such as Adderall is also dangerous. That’s because Adderall is among the stimulants—others include Ritalin and Dexadrine—that can be prescribed to help with issues such as ADHD and narcolepsy. While the medications are meant to help people focus and have more energy, these prescription stimulants are easy to misuse, which may lead to a stimulant addiction. 

Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, and it causes the same kind of dopamine flood to the brain as illegal “uppers” such as cocaine. Too much Adderall in your system may also lead to heart problems, seizures, fever and, over the long run, unprovoked anger and paranoia. As with cocaine, there is an inherent risk of overdose, which has the potential to be fatal. 

Treatment for Substance Addiction

Adderall addiction may be a consequence of sustained and increased misuse or abuse of the drug. As with other stimulant addictions, the need to take the drug on a daily basis, and to crave more and more of it, is a red flag for addiction to Adderall. Withdrawal symptoms can include overwhelming tiredness and severe depression. 

If you are struggling with an addiction to cocaine, Adderall or another stimulant, it’s important to get professional help. At Sheer Recovery, we can help you not just detox but also work with you to uncover the physical, emotional and mental issues behind your addiction and give you the tools to help change your behavior. Don’t live in the grip of stimulant addiction any longer; contact us today. 

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