At Paradigm San Francisco, we offer treatment for a wide range of teen mental health and teen substance abuse conditions, including teen stimulant abuse treatment. Stimulant drugs are activate the body and mind, and tend to increase teens’ energy, processing, thoughts, movements, and alertness. These medications are intended to counter-balance depressed symptoms that need this activation. For instance, stimulant medications might be prescribed to address conditions such as narcolepsy, ADHD, ADD, and in some cases, teen depression. However, for teens that aren’t prescribed the drugs, they produce an over-stimulated effect, which is often sought after for a “high,” and/or commonly abused among students that are cramming for exams or taking tests.
Teen Stimulant Drug Abuse Symptoms
Prescription stimulants create a heightened state by affecting the neurotransmitters, which are brain chemicals that send important information between the brain and body. Because Stimulants work directly on neurotransmitters, this makes teens’ developing brains extremely vulnerable to their strong effects. When used repeatedly over time, this disruption of the body’s natural neurotransmitter functioning can also trigger other disruptions in the brain and body, leading to unintended physical symptoms. Furthermore, it also increases the likelihood of developing dependency or addiction, even if teens only experiment with them once or twice. Again, one of the things that makes these substances so dangerous is teens have really no idea what the chemicals are and therefore can’t anticipate how they’ll affect their bodies.
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Stimulant Abuse Treatment
In our teen stimulant abuse treatment programs, we first work to ensure teens are physical and mentally safe, throughout any potential withdrawal process. Because stimulants are so addictive, in some cases teens may experience significant negative symptoms as their bodies detox from the substances. Throughout this process, our team of therapists, psychiatrists, and health physicians work together to ensure teens’ safety and well-being.
Following this process, our therapists work with teens to address both the behavioral and underlying emotional aspects of their addiction. It’s common for teens to have substance addiction as a Co-Occurring disorder such as teen depression or teen anxiety, so we take careful precautions to diagnose and address these conditions. Then, our therapists work with teens to help them identify what stressors and/or challenges in their lives may have led to the abuse and addiction in the first place. Our goal throughout this process is not just to help teens overcome the outward behaviors, but to thoroughly address the cause at the most root level possible. This way, teens are not just much more likely to maintain sobriety and recovery, but also can become stronger and more capable, in all areas of their lives.