Stimulant Substance Abuse

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What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is when a person's recurrent use of a substance results in significant harmful consequences comprising Four categories. First, the individual fail to fulfill important obligations at work, school, or home. Second, repeated use of the substance in situations in which it is physically hazardous. Third, repeatedly having legal problems as a result of substance use, such as arrest or possession. Forth, continued use of the substance despite repeated social or legal problems. When referring to stimulants, we are talking about a specific category of drugs that enhance and elevate a person's mood and emotional feelings. Feelings of well-being are increased as well as energy levels and mental alertness. Stimulants are also referred to as 'uppers' which helps the individual in need to increase their mental and physical energy. (Nolen-Hoeksema 2014)
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Cause of Abuse

Biology. The genes that people are born with -- in combination with environmental influences -- account for about half of their addiction vulnerability. Additionally, gender, ethnicity, and the presence of other mental disorders may influence risk for drug abuse and addiction.
  • Environment. A person's environment includes many different influences -- from family and friends to socioeconomic status and quality of life, in general. Factors such as peer


    , physical and sexual abuse, stress, and parental involvement can greatly influence the course of drug abuse and addiction in a person's life.
  • Development. Genetic and environmental factors interact with critical developmental stages in a person's life to affect addiction vulnerability, and adolescents experience a double challenge. Although taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier that drug use begins, the more likely it is to progress to more serious abuse. And because adolescents' brains are still developing in the areas that govern decision making, judgment, and self-control, they are especially prone to risk-taking behaviors, including trying drugs of abuse (
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    Always do research for credentials:

    Program accreditation and licensing. Make sure the treatment program is accredited by the state it’s in. Also check to ensure that the program is run by licensed, well-trained mental health professionals and addiction specialists.

  • The effectiveness of the program's treatment methods. Treatment centers should have at least some statistics on their success rates, preferably from an objective outside agency.
  • Type of aftercare services to prevent relapse. Is there a well-run aftercare program? Does it provide referrals to other recovery services and support groups in the community? Also make sure that a staff member will collaborate with you to create a discharge plan before you leave the program.
  • References

    Treatments for Substance Use Disorders. (n.d.). Retrieved May 09, 2016, from

    Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2014). (Ab)normal psychology (6th ed), New York, NY: Mc Graw Hill Education.

    Myths and Facts about Substance Abuse. (n.d.). Retrieved May 09, 2016, from

    Drug Abuse and Addiction Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved May 09, 2016, from