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Stimulants Addiction Treatment

Find a stimulant addiction treatment and rehab program that matches your recovery goals.

What are Stimulants?

Stimulants are a group of drugs that stimulate the brain, causing an increase in mental alertness, attention, and energy. Some stimulants are illicitly made and sold, whereas others are pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by medical doctors and psychiatrists. It is also common for legally made prescription stimulants to be sold illicitly. Illicit use and abuse of stimulants is risky as these substances do carry several risks that include dependence and addiction. Individuals with a stimulant dependence or addiction can benefit from the help of an addiction treatment program.


Types of Stimulant Addiction



Crystal meth is a common amphetamine abused in the U.S. It is typically smoked, but can be snorted or injected. Continued use of meth destroys the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors, making it hard for users to experience a pleasure. Cognitive-behavioral intervention therapy is an effective treatment.



Cocaine is a highly addictive Schedule II drug with a high potential for abuse. There are three standard methods of cocaine use, snorting, injecting or smoking the drug. Serious adverse health effects can occur after the first use.



Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat ADHD. It is designed to help individuals who struggle staying focused. It is widely abused by students and does carry a risk of addiction.

Learn More About Stimulant Addiction

Stimulant Detox

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Individuals who have developed a dependence or addiction to stimulants are likely to develop withdrawal symptoms within hours of their last use. The process of allowing addictive chemicals to leave the body and the physiological systems returning to normal is referred to as detox. Stimulant addiction treatment clients begging their recovery journey at a detox program. This type of program provides resources for comfortable detoxification. Common stimulant withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Intense cravings
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Restlessness

Stimulant Inpatient Treatment

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Following detox, individuals overcoming stimulant dependence are encouraged to enter an inpatient rehab program. Some may start in a 30, 60, or 90-day PHP rehab where they live in a sober community and attend 25-30 hours of addiction treatment programming per week.

Stimulant IOP Treatment

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After inpatient addiction rehab or partial hospitalization, clients can continue their recovery journey with an intensive outpatient program. IOP for stimulant addiction provides part-time programming, which is perfect to continue the recovery journey while being able to resume normal hours at work, school, or other obligations.

Stimulant Outpatient Rehab

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Even after completing intensive addiction treatment for stimulants, ongoing therapy is highly beneficial. Outpatient treatment can include approximately 5 hours per week of individual and group therapy. Stimulant addiction aftercare plans are personalized to each individual’s needs, so they may also include additional treatments.

Stimulants & The Brain

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When stimulants are consumed, it creates a spike in the release of dopamine and blocks the reabsorption of the neurotransmitter. When taken in high doses, or abused, stimulants produce a highly pleasurable, euphoric effect. This sensation is usually what leads to addiction.

Stimulant Abuse Prevalence

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Abuse of stimulants is very common across the US and prevalence among youth populations is growing. These are a few statistics according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health published by SAMHSA:

  • Nearly 1.5 million people used cocaine.
  • Over 1.6 million people used methamphetamine.
  • Approximately 2.2 million people between the ages of 18 and 25 misused prescription stimulants.

Psychological Side-Effect

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Stimulant abuse can lead to a wide array of emotional and mental side effects ranging from mild to severe. Depending on various factors these side effects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Agitation
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions, including paranoid and grandiose
  • Hostility
  • Violence toward oneself or other

Physical Side Effects

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In addition to psychological side effects, stimulant abuse can also produce dangerous and unpleasant physical side effects. These include:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased body temperature
  • Headache from constricted blood vessels
  • Teeth grinding, which may cause tooth or jaw damage
  • Dizziness
  • Shaking or tremors
  • Flushed skin
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting

Treating Stimulant Addiction

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To treat stimulant addiction, our facilities provide supportive observation and individuals programming. Therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and group therapy help clients understand why they may use, what their triggers are, and how to cope with these triggers. 

Although there is not a magical pill that cures addiction to stimulants, there are some medications that have been shown to help with the detox process. These medications include Prozac for craving reduction and naltrexone for the treatment of stimulant dependence.


Our Stimulant Addiction Treatment Center

The addiction treatment professionals at Lighthouse Recovery Institute are dedicated to helping your or your loved one break free from the grips of stimulant addiction at our affection treatment and rehab center. Regardless of where someone is in the recovery process, we can help get them on the road to recovery. Recovery from stimulant addiction is possible.

Does Insurance Cover Stimulant Rehab?

We want to make recovery affordable for everyone. In order to help make rehab affordable for individuals struggling with stimulant addiction, we offer a variety of payment options. For one, we are in-network with most major insurance providers. Additionally, we offer self-pay options, such as payment plans, that work for those who have to pay for treatment out of pocket.

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