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Study identifies reasons behind American adults using stimulants
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From Hollywood celebrities to university students, from enthusiastic gym goers to stressed-out white-collar workers, a significant number of Americans are finding themselves trapped in the clutches of an epidemic of amphetamine, a prescription stimulant. Now, a recent study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry says people abuse stimulants for different reasons. According to the study, around 56 percent of adults in the U.S. used stimulants to stay alert during demanding times, while nearly 22 percent, especially those in the age group of 18 to 49 years, admitted they need an upper to concentrate on their studies. Other reasons for the stimulant use included experiencing a high (15.5 percent) and losing weight (4.1 percent).

Based on data gathered from 102,000 respondents during surveys conducted from 2015 to 2016, the study team concluded that 6.6 percent of American adults used prescription stimulants. The findings also showed that among the subjects, 4.5 percent engaged in stimulant use, but didn’t misuse the drug, while 1.9 percent misused stimulants without any use disorder. Only 0.2 percent misused stimulants because they struggled with a use disorder.

The researchers also observed that over 50 percent of adult users got their stimulants from family members or friends, while 21.8 percent of them resorted to stealing. Besides, high-frequency users were more likely to obtain their supplies from drug dealers or doctors. However, irrespective of whether they battled addiction or not, all stimulant abusers exhibited similar characteristic profiles. However, those with use disorders were highly prone to chronic depression, and addiction to marijuana, nicotine and sedatives.

Additionally, the researchers highlighted that different types of stimulant addiction require customized medical interventions at a reputed drug abuse rehabilitation center. It is important to curb misuse of stimulants by creating awareness about the probable outcomes and consulting medical professionals before altering the dosage. Stimulants are generally prescribed to treat mental disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and neurological diseases like narcolepsy. However, many Americans have exploited the energy boosting properties of stimulants to gain heightened alertness and attention, thus their potential to cause addiction should never be underestimated. Sadly, most pharmaceutical companies find stimulants as a lucrative offering to ensure a motivated and hardworking workforce that can keep pace with the constantly expanding American economy.

Addiction to stimulants is treatable

Stimulants, as the name suggests, excite the central nervous system (CNS) to increase the production of feel-good chemicals like dopamine in the brain that are responsible for triggering euphoric sensations. Stimulants encompass both legal and illegal drugs. Legal stimulant drugs like Adderall are prescribed by medical practitioners. Illegal stimulants usually include cocaine and crystal meth. Studies show that a large number of Americans, especially young adults, are abusing several classes of stimulants, as they are unaware of the hazardous outcomes. Experts warn that misuse of stimulants can lead to high body temperature, hypertension, seizures, panic attacks, irregular heartbeat, and even heart failure.

If you know someone suffering from addiction to any kind of stimulant, contact Sovereign Health of Texas to seek counseling and treatment. Our treatment for stimulants addiction includes a combination of residential detox, along with various alternative therapies and counseling sessions. We also impart necessary skills to help patients adapt to a normal life after the completion of treatment. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our counselor to know more about our state-of-the-art stimulants abuse and addiction treatment centers.

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