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.