Prescription stimulants are a commonly used pharmacological resource to improve focus and treat conditions such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and similar diagnoses. They severely impact the brain’s chemistry and, when abused, can lead to serious and potentially permanent neurobiological issues. If you or your loved one have fallen victim to prescription stimulant abuse, and it’s starting to negatively impact your life, Recovery Unplugged is ready to provide safe, effective and medically assisted prescription stimulant detox. Contact our admissions team today at NUMBER to schedule a full insurance verification and take the first step toward lasting recovery from stimulants.


It’s important to realize when thinking about prescription stimulants for yourself or your child that these medications are in the same class of drugs as cocaine and methamphetamine, and it’s critical that you consult with a physician prior to use. Even those who do receive a prescription for stimulants like Ritalin®, Adderall® or Concerta® from their doctor can, and very often do, wind up being ensnared by dependency.

Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that over five million American adults are misusing prescription stimulants, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 10,000 Americans died from psycho stimulants in 2017. All you need to know, however, is that these drugs have hijacked your brain’s chemistry and impacted your health, your relationships, your family and your quality of life. The legally regulated nature of prescription stimulants can make excessive use harder to identify, which is why it’s important that friends and loved ones keep an eye out for common physical and behavioral signs, some of which can include:

  • Erratic Changes in Behavior

  • Violent Outbursts

  • Paranoia

  • Decline in School or Work Performance

  • Extreme Changes in Weight

  • Physical and Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Prolonged Periods of Isolation

One of the tragic ironies of prescription stimulant addiction is that it can exacerbate the very conditions that the medications were initially meant to treat. If you or you’re a loved one are experiencing these or any other symptoms related to prescription stimulant abuse, seek guidance from your prescribing physician immediately to get help.

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The withdrawal period experienced during prescription stimulant detox can mirror that of cocaine and similar illicit substances. Although physical and psychological symptoms will vary according to each person’s scope and duration of use, some of the more common include:

  • Disturbed Sleep

  • Psychosis

  • Loss of Focus

  • Stomach Issues

  • Accelerated Heart Rate

  • Sweating

  • Moderate to Severe Pain

  • Mood Swings

  • Lethargy

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

These symptoms can have severe and often life-threatening implications if not managed properly. In addition to posing immediate danger to physical and psychological health, they can put users in dangerous situations and increase their likelihood of injury or harm to themselves or others. Recovery Unplugged strongly urges you or your loved one to seek medical detox to overcome prolonged stimulant addiction. Those who attempt to detox from serious medical dependency on their own run a heightened risk of relapse and overdose.

The Importance of Medical Stimulant Detox

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that relapse for substance use disorder are between 40 and 60 percent. One of the principle drivers of these relapse rates is the inability of many who attempt recovery to weather the detox process on their own. Recovery Unplugged strives to make the stimulant withdrawal period as safe and comfortable as possible for our clients. We expert doctors and nurses who are trained to treat a full range of withdrawal symptoms and offer care in clean, comfortable, compassionate and supportive treatment locations. Our detox locations include:

Recovery Unplugged Lake Worth

Our Lake Worth, FL stimulant detox facility offers world-class clinicians who offer expert treatment of withdrawal symptoms in a comfortable, warm South Florida environment.

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Recovery Unplugged Austin

Recovery Unplugged Austin Detox Center is staffed with leading medical experts in the addiction care landscape who are well versed in the pathology of all types of prescription drug withdrawal.

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Recovery Unplugged utilizes a full breadth of traditional and music-assisted modalities to help clients more readily embrace each stage of the treatment process, including detox and withdrawal management.



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