A stimulant is any drug that causes increased alertness and energy, enables focus, and elevates mood. The name “stimulant” is used because these drugs stimulate the central nervous system. 

Stimulants can be prescription medications or illicit substances and may be taken orally, snorted, or injected. This class of drugs can also be highly addictive if not used properly. Stimulant addictions, especially within outpatient facilities that focus on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) protocols, have seemingly been ignored because there are not yet any “on label” MAT protocols to address these forms of addiction. However, outpatient facilities like AAR Healthcare that focus as much on behavioral therapies and recovery support services as on MAT can be the perfect place to receive effective, comprehensive stimulant addiction treatment. 

If you or someone you are close to is struggling with stimulant addiction, there is help available. Reach out to AAR Healthcare online or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more about how AAR’s San Diego stimulant addiction treatment program can help.

Common Stimulants

Stimulants fall into two broad categories: illegal and legal. 

The most common legal stimulants include:
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
  • Adderall (dextroamphetamine/amphetamine combination)
  • Ritalin (methylphenidate)
  • Concerta (methylphenidate)

Stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin can be very effective treatment options when they are used as they were initially intended, such as combating conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.

Illegal stimulants include:
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine (also known as “meth”)
  • Ecstasy (also known as “MDMA”)
  • Synthetic cathinones (also known as “bath salts”)

The abuse of these illegal substances continues to rise. Millions of Americans are addicted to illicit stimulants, and tens of thousands die from illegal stimulant overdose each year. Within certain states, like California, stimulant abuse is even more prevalent than other parts of the country.

Do I Need a Stimulant Addiction Treatment Program?

It can be difficult to tell if someone has a stimulant addiction. If you’re unsure whether your stimulant use has devolved into an addiction, ask yourself:

Have you continued to use prescription stimulants even after the symptoms for which the stimulants were prescribed subsided?

Are you using higher doses with more frequency than the doctor prescribed?

Have you taken stimulants without a prescription by acquiring them outside of traditional medical channels?

Have you engaged in “doctor shopping” in attempts to continue taking these medications beyond what was initially prescribed?

Do you question if you could function without stimulants?

Are you suffering withdrawal symptoms – like depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, or tremors – when there are no stimulants in your system?

If you can answer “yes” to one or more of these questions or suspect that you may have an addiction to stimulants, you owe it to yourself to seek out professional treatment immediately. Stimulant abuse leads to dire consequences from aggression and anxiety to stroke or even death.

The Stimulant Addiction Treatment Program at AAR Healthcare

Stimulant addiction treatment at AAR Healthcare involves three main aspects of care, each of which is grounded in evidence-based treatment protocols:
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Physician Services

This aspect of our care involves medical assessments that lead to the delivery of Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (outpatient detox) and medication-assisted treatment. Although there are not yet “on label” MAT protocols for stimulant addiction, there are promising approaches supported by recent addiction research. AAR Healthcare is on the forefront of such research and will continually assess the efficacy of such approaches for our clients.

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Counseling Services

This entails evidence-based counseling techniques delivered by addiction specialists to help address and heal the issues that likely underlie the addiction. This includes individual and group therapy as well as, if needed, family therapy to help restore damaged relationships. Among other evidence-based approaches, we specialize in the Matrix Model (MM), which has been demonstrated to work especially well for stimulant addictions, motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care.

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Recovery Support Services

Among other areas, our team helps clients navigate potential challenges with housing, employment, and legal issues while also coordinating care among other healthcare providers. We also help those we serve to discover wellness practices that support long-term recovery through improved nutrition, sleep patterns, and mindfulness.

Learn More About Stimulant Addiction Treatment at AAR Healthcare Today

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to Adderall, Ritalin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or any other type of stimulant, we strongly encourage you to reach out for professional help. Reach out to AAR Healthcare today using our secure online form or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more.