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Stimulant Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles

Our stimulant addiction treatment program in Los Angeles can help you or your loved one have a thriving start to recovery.

Stimulants Addiction

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At Iris Healing Retreat, we understand the complexity of stimulant addiction and the significant challenges it presents to individuals and their loved ones. 

Our Stimulant Addiction Treatment program in Los Angeles is designed to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to those seeking freedom from stimulant dependence.

Through a holistic approach that addresses both the physical and psychological components of addiction, we offer tailored treatment plans to support recovery and promote long-lasting wellness.

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What Are Stimulants?

Stimulants are a class of drugs that enhance the activity of the central nervous system, resulting in increased alertness, attention, and energy. These substances work by boosting the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, particularly dopamine and norepinephrine, which play key roles in attention and alertness.

Stimulants are divided into two categories: legal (prescription) and illegal. Prescription stimulants, commonly prescribed for disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, include medications such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse. These drugs help improve focus and reduce impulsivity and hyperactivity in individuals with ADHD. For those with narcolepsy, these medications help to maintain wakefulness.

On the other hand, illegal stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, are used recreationally for their euphoric effects. 

Both legal and illegal stimulants carry a high potential for abuse and dependence. Misuse of prescription stimulants, such as taking higher doses than prescribed, using without a prescription, or using in ways other than intended (such as snorting), can lead to addiction and severe physical and psychological health issues. These may include cardiovascular problems, mental health disorders like anxiety and paranoia, and other long-term detrimental effects on health.

The potential for abuse and the powerful effects of stimulants on the central nervous system necessitate professional intervention when dependency or addiction occurs. Recognizing the signs of stimulant misuse and seeking timely help is crucial to prevent the escalation of serious health consequences.

How Do I Know I Need Stimulant Addiction Treatment?

Recognizing the need for treatment is the first critical step towards recovery. Signs that you or someone you love might need help include increased tolerance to the drug’s effects, inability to stop using despite negative consequences, experiencing withdrawal symptoms upon cessation, and neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school. If these issues sound familiar, it may be time to seek professional help.


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), provides criteria for diagnosing stimulant use disorder, which includes symptoms of stimulant addiction. 


  1. Increased Tolerance: Needing significantly more of the stimulant to achieve intoxication or desired effect, or noticeably diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.

  2. Withdrawal Symptoms: Experiencing withdrawal symptoms specific to stimulants, such as fatigue, vivid and unpleasant dreams, increased appetite, insomnia or hypersomnia, psychomotor retardation or agitation.

  3. Unsuccessful Attempts to Control Use: Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control stimulant use.

  4. Excessive Time Spent: Spending a great deal of time in activities necessary to obtain, use, or recover from the effects of the stimulant.

  5. Craving: A strong desire or urge to use stimulants.

  6. Social or Interpersonal Problems: Continued stimulant use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the stimulant.

  7. Neglect of Major Roles: Failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home due to recurrent stimulant use.

  8. Activities Given Up: Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of stimulant use.

  9. Hazardous Use: Recurrent stimulant use in situations in which it is physically hazardous.

  10. Physical or Psychological Problems: Continued use despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the stimulant.

  11. Tolerance and Withdrawal: As with other substances, these are also indicative that the brain has adapted to the presence of the drug, requiring more of it to produce a desired effect, and experiences a specific set of withdrawal symptoms upon cessation.

The presence of two or more of these symptoms within a 12-month period may indicate a stimulant use disorder, ranging in severity from mild to severe depending on the number of symptoms present.

Our Stimulant Treatment Programs in Los Angeles

At Iris Healing Retreat, our addiction treatment programs in Los Angeles offers a spectrum of treatment programs designed to meet the needs of our clients at every stage of their recovery journey.

Our medically supervised detox program is the first step in overcoming stimulant addiction, providing a secure and supportive environment for the safe elimination of drugs from the body.

The detox process is crucial as it manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal that can occur when stopping stimulant use. Our experienced medical team closely monitors clients, offering medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms and ensure clients’ comfort and safety. This critical phase helps stabilize clients physically and prepares them for the comprehensive therapy that follows in subsequent treatment stages.

In our residential treatment program, clients reside in a structured, supportive environment where care is available around the clock.

This setting is ideal for individuals who require a stable and controlled environment to begin healing. The program integrates various therapeutic modalities, including individual therapy, group sessions, and holistic approaches like mindfulness and yoga, to treat the psychological aspects of addiction. The goal is to help clients develop new coping mechanisms, understand the root causes of their addiction, and build a solid foundation for recovery.

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers a structured treatment approach while allowing clients to live at home or in a sober living environment.

This program is suitable for those who have stable living situations and a high level of commitment to recovery. Clients participate in full days of treatment, similar to residential care, which includes individual counseling, group therapy, and skill-building workshops. PHP is designed to transition clients from intensive care to less structured outpatient settings, maintaining a high level of support as they begin to reintegrate into their daily lives.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Iris Healing Retreat provides a flexible treatment option for clients transitioning from higher levels of care or those who need substantial support but must also attend to daily commitments like work or family.

IOP clients engage in multiple therapy sessions per week, focusing on continuing the recovery process through relapse prevention, strengthening coping strategies, and maintaining mental health. This program supports clients in applying the skills they’ve learned in treatment to real-world situations, enhancing their ability to manage the challenges of sustained sobriety.

Outpatient rehab at Iris Healing Retreat is designed for clients who need ongoing support but have reached a level of stability that requires less intensive care. This program involves attending therapy sessions scheduled around personal and professional obligations, typically focusing on continued education, peer support, and individual counseling. Outpatient rehab is vital for long-term recovery, offering a supportive network and professional guidance as clients work to maintain their sobriety and rebuild their lives.

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Most Common Stimulants ABused

Prescription Amphetamines

Prescription amphetamines are stimulant drugs that are often prescribed to treat medical conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy. However, some people also abuse prescription amphetamines recreationally as a mood or energy booster, and to increase productivity.

Abuse of prescription amphetamines is common among college students or young adults who take these drugs to help with late-night studying or to help them work long hours at their jobs. Two common prescription amphetamines are Adderall and Ritalin.


  • Adderall — Adderall is a combination drug made up of amphetamine/dextroamphetamine. It’s often prescribed for people who struggle with ADHD or narcolepsy. However, Adderall is a drug that is commonly misused and abused. It is used regularly at college campuses as an upper drug that helps students stay up late and study longer.

  • Ritalin — Ritalin is another prescription stimulant that is often prescribed to treat ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain to increase attention, focus, and control behavioral problems. However, if Ritalin is misused or abused it can cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

Illegal Amphetamines

  • Meth — Methamphetamine is an illegal stimulant that is produced and sold for recreational use. Meth often comes in a crystal form that is clear or a whitish-blue color. It can be used by snorting, injecting, or smoking it. When meth is taken it creates a quick euphoric high that provides a sudden burst of energy. The high doesn’t last long which often leads to repetitive use of this drug.

When use suddenly stops, withdrawal symptoms can be severe. If you are struggling with an addiction, seeking the help of a medical professional and treatment center is recommended.

  • Cocaine — Cocaine is another illegal stimulant that is produced and sold for recreational use. Cocaine will often come in a white powder that can be snorted, smoked, or dissolved and injected. People use cocaine for the euphoric high and the energy boost it provides.

Withdrawal symptoms from cocaine addiction can be serious and proper treatment during recovery is best for long-term sobriety.

Legal Stimulants

  • Caffeine — Caffeine is a common legal stimulant that is found in products like coffee and energy drinks. People often take caffeine for an energy or mood boost. It can also help you stay focused and boost productivity levels. Even though caffeine is a legal stimulant that is commonly used by many people, it still has addictive properties. Unlike other stimulants, caffeine addiction is much less harmful and common withdrawal symptoms are things like a headache or feeling lethargic.


Studies have shown that caffeine does have some health benefits like boosting cognitive performance, fat burn, and it can aid in post-exercise recovery. However, consuming caffeine in excess can have some downsides, including increased anxiety and stress as well such as increased blood pressure and heart rate which can be damaging to the body over time.


  • Is Nicotine a Stimulant? — Nicotine is a stimulant drug that speeds up messages traveling between the brain and the body. Nicotine is commonly found in tobacco products such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco. When nicotine is consumed, it causes mild stimulation, an increase in heart rate, increased ability to concentrate, and relaxation.


Nicotine products are highly addictive if taken frequently and can have many negative health effects. Using nicotine products over a long period can cause health problems such as cancer, respiratory diseases, and a lowered immune system among many other things. When you quit using nicotine products after consuming them regularly you will experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, trouble concentrating, and cravings. Quitting can be difficult, but withdrawal symptoms are usually not dangerous with these products.


  • Is Alcohol a Stimulant? — This is a common question that is asked because upon consuming alcohol it does seem to have a mood-boosting and even an energy-boosting effect.4 However, alcohol is a depressant that reduces the functions of the central nervous system when it is consumed. As you consume larger amounts of alcohol, your motor control, and cognitive ability will be inhibited more and more.

Effects of Simulants

Short-Term Effects

Even short-term use of stimulants can have negative effects on the mind and body. Common short-term effects are:

Long-Term Effects

When misused or abused over a long period, stimulants can have many negative health consequences. Common long-term effects are:

How Is Stimulant Addiction Treated?

Treatment for stimulant addiction is multifaceted, addressing both the psychological and physical aspects of the disorder. 

A comprehensive approach typically involves a combination of behavioral therapies, counseling, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and support groups, which are integrated to provide a robust foundation for recovery.

Behavioral Therapies

Behavioral Therapies are at the core of treating stimulant addiction. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is especially effective, helping individuals understand the thoughts and behaviors that lead to substance use. CBT strategies teach clients to recognize their triggers, develop coping mechanisms to deal with stress, and correct dysfunctional thoughts to prevent relapse. 

Another crucial behavioral approach is Contingency Management (CM), which utilizes tangible rewards to reinforce positive behaviors such as abstinence. This method has been shown to be particularly effective in maintaining sobriety in stimulant users by providing clear incentives for clean drug tests and participation in treatment activities.

Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapy plays a crucial role in addressing the entire spectrum of an individual’s well-being. These therapies go beyond conventional medical and psychological treatments by incorporating methods that heal the mind, body, and spirit. Techniques such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and art therapy are commonly integrated into treatment programs. 


Yoga and meditation, for example, help reduce stress and improve mental clarity, aiding in the management of cravings and emotional volatility. Acupuncture can be beneficial in reducing withdrawal symptoms and promoting physical well-being. Art therapy provides a creative outlet for expression and processing complex emotions associated with addiction recovery. 


By embracing these holistic practices, treatment programs at facilities like Iris Healing Retreat offer a more rounded approach that encourages deeper self-awareness, stress management, and overall emotional resilience, significantly enhancing the recovery journey for individuals battling stimulant addiction.

Support Groups

Support Groups play a pivotal role in the ongoing recovery process. Participation in groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or other community support structures can provide ongoing encouragement and a sense of community, which are vital for long-term recovery. These groups offer a platform for sharing experiences and strategies for coping with addiction, reinforcing the lessons learned in more formal therapeutic settings.

Why Choose Iris Healing?

At Iris Healing Retreat, we are committed to providing a path to recovery through a holistic approach that not only treats the addiction but also heals the underlying psychological triggers. Our team of experts, serene environment, and dedication to personalized care set us apart as a leader in addiction treatment in Los Angeles.

Begin Stimulant Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles Today

If you or someone you know is struggling with stimulant addiction, don’t wait. Contact Iris Healing Retreat today to learn more about our comprehensive treatment programs and start your journey to recovery. We look forward to speaking with you soon and answering any additional questions you may have.