Understanding Stimulant Addiction

Stimulant addiction treatment must always factor in how these drugs work and affect the human body and mind. Stimulants or “uppers” are drugs that cause a state of wakefulness. Some stimulants are relatively non-harmful like caffeine, but many can become problematic very quickly. Stimulants interact with reward pathways of the human brain – stimulating the release or blocking the reuptake of dopamine. Feelings of wakefulness and euphoria are some of the largest reasons why these substances are so addictive. Some common stimulants are Methamphetamine (often referred to as meth), Cocaine, Crack, Adderall (which is a prescription medication and a type of drug called amphetamine). Some of the effects of stimulants include:

  • severe anxiety
  • extreme excitability
  • weight loss/little appetite
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • fainting due to a higher body temperature
  • inability to sleep
  • picking at skin, or pulling hair, or other repetitive activities
  • violence and aggression
  • psychosis
  • many others

Meth Addiction

Meth or methamphetamine is a common but illegal stimulant that many users can become quickly addicted to and dependent on. Like all other drugs of abuse, meth addiction can cause users to need to reuse large quantities to attain the same level of high. During meth addiction or methamphetamine abuse, users often find themselves unable to function in normal everyday life without redosing. Meth addiction treatment at Olympia is an area that requires expert interventions, both therapeutic and medically based to ensure the comfort of our residents and clients. If you or a loved one is seeking meth abuse treatment, it is our honor to assist you in this process and be with you every step of the way.

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is an illegal stimulant like meth, but is shorter acting in its effects. Unlike meth which tends to flood the brain with dopamine, cocaine works by blocking brain cells from taking the dopamine back in. This results in euphoria and stimulation and the repeated to urge to snort more cocaine. Cocaine use is often common in the food or restaurant industry and the individual exhibiting cocaine abuse often finds that they are able to function normally during the day but need to redose constantly. Normal functioning is almost never sustainable and cocaine addiction often begins to seriously (and sometimes steadily) interfere with everyday activities. Cocaine addiction treatment at Olympia acknowledges the individual needs of cocaine user including his or her background and how cocaine addiction can affect family relationships and especially a patient’s work environment.

Crack Addiction

Crack is a modified form of cocaine that is inhaled (smoked). Crack is understood to be the shortest acting stimulant and requires the addict to consistently smoke to attain feelings of stimulation and euphoria. Although often times thought to be associated only with extreme poverty, at Olympia, we have found that this is not always the case and can be used among young people and teens in families that do not meet these criteria. It is also highly common for crack to be used alongside other drugs like heroin. Crack addiction treatment is not something to be ashamed of and we work to empower our residents and clients to come out of the darkness this drug has wreaked on their life.

Adderall Addiction

Adderall is a common prescription drug that is prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and is a mixture of several drugs called amphetamines, which are related to methamphetamine in their structure and effect. When taken normally in consistent everyday doses, Adderall and other prescription amphetamines are relatively non-harmful and helpful in treating the condition. Over the last decade, however, the need to accomplish large quantities of work, especially on college campuses and the pressure that comes with achieving high academically has resulted in high percentages of college students and young people to exhibit amphetamine abuse which can lead to Adderall addiction. This phenomena, especially for driven millennials and for those involved in the tech scene in Silicon Valley, has many of the same consequences as other stimulant addiction. During Adderall addiction treatment, we work with the patient to help use other effective strategies to address ADHD or other comorbid (co-occurring) conditions. Activities such as mindfulness and meditation prove highly effective when applied in the comforting context. Addictions to all prescription drugs can become problematic especially when combined with one another. Our philosophy in regards to our Adderall abuse treatment program takes this, along with the other dynamic facets mentioned above into consideration always.

Our Approach to Treating Stimulant Addiction


Stimulant Detox

At Olympia House, residents and clients may undergo a non-medical detox and may receive comfort medication for comfort for meth addiction, cocaine addiction, crack addiction, adderall addiction, amphetamine addiction or other stimulant addictions. Although the detoxification period is not life-threatening, it can be highly uncomfortable. Olympia House utilizes many resources to make sure you or a loved one undergoes successful detoxification including a compassionate, understanding, and evidence-based approach.

Stimulant Addiction Treatment

Residents and clients have treatment choices in regards to stimulant addiction. For stimulant addiction, residential treatment model residents and clients participate in counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and other peer support groups. We have discovered these options to be highly effective when it comes to treating addiction to stimulants.

Stimulant Recovery

We understand that the road to recovery is often not a straight one and that slip-ups happen. We also encourage residents and clients after they leave Olympia to choose sober living environments and groups of others who have suffered from stimulant addiction. It is very helpful to find a sponsor or mentor who has gone through this process. We recognize that the human brain has an enormous ability to heal and change and can overcome imbalances in chemicals like dopamine that are central to recovering during stimulant abuse treatment and recovery. At Olympia House, we are very proud that we can provide free Tune Ups are an extremely unique aspect of our program that allows for you to come back to Olympia House for a short period of time to prevent relapse.

We are here for you or your family. Please do not hesitate to contact us or call (888) 795-1965