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A Look Into Stimulant Abuse and Addiction

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Merriam Webster defines ‘Haste’ as rapidity of motion or an undue eagerness to act. That is the exact term being globally exemplified entering 2019. In a haste to get somewhere, much of the planet has forgotten where we’re going. We follow trends and the social media norm of pedestal-ed expectations rather than love or the search for meaning to existence. Sure that doesn’t apply to all, but at the end of the day there is no doubt that it translates to a world addicted to speed; everything is getting faster. Everyone is moving faster and everyday is seemingly spinning faster, but do we ever question who is setting the pace?     

From the cell phones to cars and from airports to restaurants, we always conform to the speed of society. We purchase whatever is necessary, we feed into supply and demands, and we bob & weave through struggle to survive another day. Of course by all means this is not revolutionary input nor obstructionism, but merely a critique on the lengths some of us will go to keep up. Constantly running around day after day while trying to keep up can wear anybody out. Far too many of us begin to find ourselves facing sleep deprivation, malnutrition, or complacency in an aura of frustration from how thin we’ve allowed ourselves to be spread. Always so much to do with so little time. There’s places to go and people to see, yet the clock never stops ticking and tocking.

Even still, it’s all manageable if one can figure out how to balance; to figure out how not to drown in the unpredictable game of life and death. Some of us find healthy coping skills to deal with that balance, while others of us discover the unhealthy ones. This is where stimulants often enter the picture. Too many tap into the power of heart accelerating chemicals just to try and keep up with their own selves. They may know a little about the speed of light, but what about traveling at the speed of life? Is there really a difference when stimulant abuse and addiction are involved?


Stimulated Stimulant Addiction

Different variations of speed can help us perform 26 hours of work in a 24 hour day. They increase all around productivity, raise dopamine levels, and can help to save money on a food budget. So what’s not to like to about that? Well, a lot of things. When it comes to stimulant abuse and addiction, the payoff is not nearly worth the toxicity that occurs. Just like any combination of chemicals, there comes a toll with the perceived solution that is derived from stimulant abuse and addiction.

Like any other addiction, it may start off slowly, but the monster will rear it’s nasty heads eventually. For starters, with a rising tolerance comes physical and mental obsession. All responsibility may go out the window as financial woes and relationship matters begin to pile up. Dependence then becomes very formidable. On top of that, the abused stimulants will begin to cause other problems like skin disorders, cardiac problems, breathing issues, brain damage, possible amphetamine psychosis, and seizures/convulsions.

This is all just minor detail of the problematic occurrences that may make themselves known. Alcoholic thinking can and will find prevalence in any form. There are no limitations to the incredulous disease. Dependency is dependency- period.


Properties of Gravity

Stimulant abuse, like most addictions, often starts off so innocently. Many begin their career with stimulants through a diagnosis of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. This tends to be a case where somebody has a difficult time focusing, so they’re prescribed controlled doses of speed like Adderall, Concerta, or Ritalin to improve their attention to certain focal points. These substances end up becoming the perfect means for widespread stimulant abuse and addiction. Much of the addiction that plagues the United States is legally prescribed in an office setting.

In some cases, individuals are wrongly introduced to these abused stimulants in their youth, and by doing so are creating an early onset dependence to something they’re taught makes them normal. Other times, the person may develop a tolerance over years and begin to look for their own illegal methods of attention correctment down the road. Then in some instances many begin selling their medications to those that don’t need it, thus spreading stimulant abuse and possible beginning of addiction just like wildfire. Just like gravity, everything that goes up, eventually comes back down.    


The Stimulant Abuse Starting Lineup

The streets, convenience stores, and medicine cabinets of the world are stuffed to the brim with all sorts of uppers. Whenever there is a demand, there will be a supply for it(legal or not). Stimulant abuse and addiction can be found in the forms of:

  • Adderall, Ritalin, or other Prescription Stimulants  
  • Caffeine Pills
  • Cocaine or Crack Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine’s (Tweak, Ice, Crystal, etc)
  • Amphetamine Sulfate

This is the who’s who of usual suspects for some of the most commonly abused stimulants on the market. Appearing in many different forms, the whole lot of them are an unstoppable entourage or chemical warfare. Whether created in laboratories or bathtubs, their destructive properties often lead to the same end when misused.  


A Look Into Hope

On the bright side, things are never as dark as they may seem. For anybody struggling with stimulant abuse and addiction, there is indeed an end to a means in this situation. There is sobriety. Recovery from alcoholic thinking helps us recognize the potential damage being caused through drug abuse and the mischievous ways that we pursued to feed it. Recovery helps us realize that there is an easier way of living that doesn’t require heart palpitations for our pursuit for happiness. Recovery teaches us a way to balance the speed of life without the obsession of stimulant abuse and addiction.    

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