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What is Stimulant Drug Addiction?

The drugs that are categorized as stimulants are among the most commonly abused substances. Stimulants can be an illegal drug, such as cocaine or crystal meth, or something that can be obtained legally, such as an Adderall prescription from a medical professional.

Drugs in this category affect the central nervous system. They cause increased alertness and heightened cognitive function. In large amounts, however, they can have a serious impact on cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

The stimulants obtained from a medical professional, like Adderall and Ritalin, are widely used and abused on college campuses across the country. Students struggling with lack of sleep or focus problems often turn to these types of pills to help them be more productive in their studies.

If you’re worried that a loved one may have a problem with a stimulant drug, have a plan ready before you attempt to address it with them. Try to put yourself in their shoes, and think about how they may react when you attempt to reach out. Too many conversations about getting help become blow-up fights because of a simple lack of understanding where the other person is coming from.

Many people battling stimulant addiction become defensive right away when a loved one tries to start a conversation about getting help. They may resist your attempts to point out that there seems to be a problem, and they could flat out deny that they’re struggling.

While talking to your friend or family member, try to ask questions. Many individuals can be on guard and unwilling to open up in they perceive they’re being judged, or told what to do. Asking them questions will help you understand perspective on their stimulant use, and help them see that you truly want to understand.

Be positive in your message. This will help them see that you’re concerned for their well being, and only want the best for them. Put emphasis on their positive traits, and encourage them to help themselves..

If you feel that you need to outline consequences for continuing with drug use, be kind, but be prepared to follow through.

Trying to find the right way to approach a loved one about a potential stimulant drug addiction can seem overwhelming. Remember that the defensive, potentially angry person before you is still your loved one. Show them respect for their situation, support them as they take their first steps, and encourage them to get the help they need to succeed in their recovery.  


The first step to recovering from stimulant drug addiction is detox. Detox should take place in a safe and comfortable environment with professional care. Call The Serenity Recovery Center today for information on our clinical detox program at the Encino Hospital Medical Center: 866.294.9401