What follows is the devastation that uppers do to the brain and body. Thanks for returning. “Uppers” are basically derived from two chemicals. One is called amphetamine and the second one is called methylphenidate. These chemicals stimulate the central nervous system by effecting the release and uptake of dopamine, which is one of the naturally-occurring neurotransmitters in our brains. These chemicals work to block the reuptake of the neurotransmitter dopamine, making more of it available in the brain. The dopamine stimulates the brain’s frontal lobes, limbic system, and cortex, thereby activating the brain’s behavior control center. The frontal lobes are responsible for concentration, decision making, planning, learning, and retention. Like many other drugs, these stimulants have many short term and long term side effects. Short term side effects are as follows: nervousness, palpitations, insomnia, headaches, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, increased blood pressure, dizziness, rash, weight loss, amongst others. Long term side effects are as follows: anxiety, tremors, restlessness, fever, paranoia, seizure activity, hallucinations, severe migraines, breathing problems, amongst others.
You may ask, “Why did a drug meant to help become a favorite recreational drug?” The non-medical use of prescription medications has become an enormous problem in our country in the past few years. Our younger generation is looking for an “edge.” They have found this so-called edge in Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and the like. These drugs give the individual a high; the medication “kick starts” the users ability to focus and concentrate long after others with his or her schedule would have gone to bed. The ability to stay ahead of others is a reason cited by many as the reason they begin using these stimulants. This is a highly-competitive world and to get ahead, which is the goal of many people (including many children of God), requires long hours and lots of hard work. Many feel they need to use a stimulant in order to do well. Many are not satisfied with their natural abilities. They have a sense of inadequacy or pressure that is often carried throughout life that is temporarily relieved by the use of stimulants.
Ritalin and Adderall dependency and addiction can be characterized by the need for increasingly higher doses of the drug and increasingly frequent binges. Between binges, those abusing the drug often fall into deep depression. The only way out of that depression is more of the medication. Ritalin, Adderall, and other stimulants cause biological changes in the brains of those that abuse them. Because of these biological changes, stimulant withdrawal is a very serious issue. As they withdraw from these stimulants, they experience some of the following: severe agitation, sleeplessness, abdominal cramps, nausea, depression, exhaustion, and anxiety. Ask anyone who has withdrew from these types of stimulants and they will describe their worst nightmare.
Friend, regardless of where you may be in your struggle with stimulant addiction, the good news is that there is life after stimulants. Many at Reformers Unanimous have found this life of freedom. For you to enjoy this life of freedom there must be a change in your behavior. I want you to know that the only effective way of changing your behavior is changing the beliefs to which you hold. Reformers Unanimous can help you with this process and thus help lead you into a life of freedom from stimulants and any other habitual destructive behavior. I ask you to trade your stimulant for the Son of God and enjoy an abundant life in Him!