The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes stimulants as drugs that “increase alertness, attention and energy as well as elevate blood pressure and increase heart rate and respiration.” Stimulants are sometimes prescribed for legitimate use to treat conditions like narcolepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They are also commonly abused, as they are used as party drugs or taken by students as a study aid or to stay awake and alert before a big test. Some of the most common stimulants are Ritalin, Adderall and cocaine.
The Timeline of Stimulant Addiction
That timeline of stimulant addiction involves abuse, tolerance and addiction. Once a person starts abusing a drug, his or her body gets used to the presence of the drug. This is tolerance, and it means that a higher dose of the drug is needed to achieve the desired effect. Tolerance is connected to dependence, and a dependent user will experience withdrawal symptoms if drug use is decreased or stopped. Rehab and treatment is the best solution to a stimulant abuse problem.
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