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.