Stimulant Use Disorder: There is Hope for Recovery

Posted on: November 6, 2020 by in Meth Treatment
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Stimulant use disorder is when a person abuses stimulants, which leads to clinically significant impairment or distress. This impairment can lead from mild to severe. Stimulants are wide-ranging and include meth, cocaine, and amphetamines.

To be diagnosed with stimulant use disorder, the person must have a pattern of problematic use of stimulants (excluding caffeine or nicotine) and have had at least two other symptoms within the past 12 months. Other symptoms include:

  • Inability to reduce or control the use of stimulants, even when there has been a desire to do so
  • Developed a tolerance to stimulants
  • Withdrawal if stimulants are not taken
  • Continuing to take stimulants even if it has led to problems in one's personal life
  • Continuing to use stimulants while knowing it is causing or worsening a problem, either physical or psychological
  • Craving stimulants
  • Spending a lot of time on activities surrounding stimulant use
  • Taking more than intended
  • Inability to meet home, school, or work obligations
  • Using stimulants haphazardly

If you believe you or a loved one suffers from stimulant use disorder, contact a medical professional today to get the help needed. Once an official diagnosis has been delivered, your doctor can work with a team of medical professionals to craft an individualized plan that may involve either inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab for recovery.

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