Stimulants, whether legal or illegal, can become addictive. What makes a stimulant addiction difficult to stop are the withdrawal effects.
Stimulants are often referred to as ‘uppers’ because of the effect they have on the individual.
The person taking the drug becomes alert and energetic. They may feel invincible. They may even confuse the effects of the drug with ‘happiness.’
On the withdrawal side of a stimulant addiction, the person experiences a crash. Depression may result. Energy levels plummet. More unpleasant physical side-effects take place, such as nausea, vomiting, and sleep disturbances. In some cases, very serious medical issues can arise.
For most of the people suffering from a stimulant addiction, the effects of withdrawal can be unbearable. The path to quitting a stimulant abuse problem and starting on the path to recovery must be taken in a controlled, supportive environment so the individual may successfully end their addiction.