What are Prescription Stimulants?
Amphetamine Salts and Methylphenidates are the classes of prescriptions stimulants used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders. These Legally Prescribe Medications Include:
- These medications are highly effective and safe in treating ADHD debilitating symptoms of lack of focus, attention and organization.
- People who take these medications for ADHD rarely abuse them.
- When properly prescribed for ADHD, they do not increase the risk of drug abuse… they actually having a preventative effect.
Misuse of Amphetamine Salts and Methylphenidates
- One of the main reasons people misuse these drugs is to enhance academic or work performance. People who do not have ADHD may feel more alert or energetic, but will have no long term significant improvement in actual performance.
- The other common reason for misusing these drugs is for the “high”. This is not seen at doses used for ADHD treatment and only when these medications are snorted or injected. When taken at high doses stimulants can cause serious side effects including irregular heartbeat, seizures, strokes and heart attack.
- The roller coaster use of stimulants in the morning and alcohol or tranquilizers in the evening is a commonly pattern of misuse among professionals.
- Long term misuse can cause permanent changes in mood, behavior, and personality that mimic a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including psychosis.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Amphetamine Salts and Methylphenidates
- Stimulant withdrawal is psychologically and emotionally crippling. The symptoms include fatigue and low energy, lack of motivation and enthusiasm and mood swings.
- Stimulants are not associated with physical withdrawal, which is why people sometimes trick themselves into thinking they aren’t addicted.
- There is no need for supervised withdrawal.
Your ARCH Individual Evaluation & Treatment Plan for Stimulants Dependency is designed by our MD’S and will include a combination of selection below:
- Addiction, Medical and Psychiatric Evaluation by our Addiction Psychiatrists
- Evaluation and Treatment of Co-occurring Medical Disorders and Poly-Addictions
- Internal Family Systems Psychotherapy
- Family Intervention
- Medication Facilitated Cognitive Behavioral Restructuring
- Medication Management of Anxiety, Sleep and/or Co-occurring Psychiatric Disorders