Stimulants and Addiction

We live in a culture that demands more of us than ever before. For C-level executives, athletes, professional musicians, journalists, artists, celebrities and socialites, day-to-day schedules can be grueling affecting the delicate balance of emotional and physical health.

In an effort to keep up and exceed expectations, many people in the upper east side of New York City believe that the consistent use of stimulants helps them meet their obligations. Although it may seem to work, the effects are a temporary panacea masking deeper issues. Without addressing the real problem, stimulant drug use can grow into chemical dependency or addiction.

How Stimulant Addiction Happens

Addiction to stimulants occurs in highly successful people seeking external sources to help increase energy, mental focus, and productivity. Whether the drug of choice is initially prescribed by a physician, bought on a Saturday night in an elite club, or shared by a friend at a party, stimulant misuse will compromise natural dopamine processes meant to minimize pain and induce the sensation of feeling good.

Stimulant use increases dopamine release in the brain to unhealthy levels. Over time, the body and the brain require continued and increased use to get the desired effect. Without it, cravings and other physical, behavioral and emotional symptoms arise effecting relationships, career obligations and financial stability.

Types of Stimulant Addiction

Many of our clients have come under the allure of stimulants to help facilitate a false sense of confidence or capability, only to crash and burn, so to speak. We know there’s a better way to keep success, enjoy the fruits of your labor, live a fortunate life and fulfill your dreams. By removing the need for amphetamines or methamphetamine, patients can experience more clarity, better sleep, vitality, and better work/life balance.

Adderall and Vyvanse Addiction

Corporate pressure to perform has led many to seek assistance through the use of stimulants in pill form. Commonly prescribed for people who have ADD and ADHD disorders, Vyvanse and Adderall are administered to help increase focus, process information better and generate calm in those with compromised attention abilities and hyperactivity. People who take these stimulants without a medical reason experience heightened focus but put stress other aspects of their health.

Dangerous Side Effects of Adderall and Vyvanse

  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jitters or restlessness
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Interrupted sleep or insomnia
  • Heart attack
  • Seizures
  • Death

Crystal Meth

There’s a misnomer about the drug crystal meth. Many people believe it’s the preferred stimulant in populations of lesser means or in other areas of the US but the lucrative societies of Manhattan’s Upper East Side have been touched by crystal meth.

Addiction to crystal meth can happen after the first use, with signs of prolonged use evident after a short time. Less expensive that cocaine, crystal meth’s destructiveness mirrors the intensity of its withdrawal symptoms. It looks like glass and can be smoked in a pipe or light bulb, as well as use through injection. This street drug is easy to access as local pharmacies and home improvement stores have many of the products necessary to manufacture it. The chemicals that formulate the drug are toxic and can hurt people in close proximity to it, though much of our crystal meth comes from labs in Mexico.

In comparison, crystal meth will induce near four times the dopamine surge of cocaine. With long term use, the damage to the body and brain are obvious as many users are unrecognizable and a mere shadow of their former selves.

Signs, Symptoms and Risks of Crystal Meth Use

  • Hypomania speech patterns
  • Dilated pupils
  • Weight loss
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Erratic sleep patterns, missing sleep for days
  • Insomnia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Tooth decay and loss
  • Depression
  • Violent tendencies
  • Irrational or psychotic behaviors
  • Delusions of power
  • Heightened anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Convulsions
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Respiratory damage

Why Personalized Addiction Treatment Is Essential

Stimulant addiction is a result of a larger, unaddressed issue. Whether it be an existing mental health condition, life trauma or an overwhelming sense of personal inefficiency, research indicates drug dependency can be successfully overcome through a combination of psychotherapy, specialized behavioral therapy and, when needed, medication-assisted treatment.

The reasons behind stimulant addiction are personal and particular to the individual. In order for treatment to be effective, the recovery plan should be just as personal, exclusive and catered to the needs of distinguished people who call Manhattan home.

Dr. Samuel Glazer, Dr. Olga Megwinoff, Dr. Tracey Bassett and Dr. Britt Gottlich work collaboratively to provide a discreet, practical, integrative approach to treating stimulant addiction and its origins in your life. Whether you are considering therapy for yourself, a young adult or parent struggling with the disease of drug addiction, we know you are worth the conversation. Call 212.734.0506.

You’ve worked hard to get where you are today. Hold onto your success by letting go.

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