Signs You are Addicted to Natural Stimulants

In the fast paced world we live in it’s not unusual for people to use natural stimulants to boost energy, increase alertness, fight fatigue, or enhance their cognitive and physical performance just to keep going in their daily strides.

Like prescription stimulant drugs, natural stimulants have the ability to tap into the brain’s circuitry to imitate natural chemical messengers and disrupt the communications of nerve cells, including over-stimulating the reward pathways of the brain that can lead to reinforced behaviors and addiction.

Natural Stimulants

Natural stimulants can be found in a wide range of herbs, plants, and chemicals extracted from various organic materials. Coffees, teas, and nicotine are the most common natural stimulants used, but, around the world, a wide range of alternative natural stimulants have been used and accepted in various cultures, medicinal, and health practices.

Some common natural stimulants have less abuse and addictive potential than others including:

  • Betel nut
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Folate (folic acid)
  • Ginseng
  • Sandalwood
  • Coconut oil

Some natural stimulants produce effects similar to amphetamines, making them more abusive and addictive including:

  • Ephedra
  • Blackbrush Acacia
  • Cathinone (from the Khat plant)
  • Guarana
  • Gotu Kola

Addiction to Natural Stimulants

There is no way of knowing who will develop an addiction to natural stimulants, but, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are 4 general reasons people initially use drugs including:

  • To feel good
  • To feel better
  • To do better
  • Curiosity “because others are doing it”

Continuing the use of natural stimulants over time, can result in the need to use more of the substance to achieve the desired effects or even just to feel “normal”. These conditions describe the tolerance and dependence which are the hallmark beginnings of addiction. When you begin to seek and use the natural stimulants compulsively, even though you know it may be causing harm to you or someone else, you must consider the fact that you are probably addicted.

Signs You are Addicted to Natural Stimulants

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If you feel anxious without taking natural stimulants, you may be addicted.

Signs you are addicted to natural stimulants include:

  • Taking them to avoid experiencing withdrawals
  • Feeling like you must use in order to “survive”
  • Using more than planned or desired and feeling powerless to stop
  • Spending a lot of time, energy, or money on obtaining and using
  • Continued use despite experiencing physical problems because of use or those exacerbated by use
  • Continued use despite relational or social functioning problems at home, work, school, etc.
  • Continued use despite psychological or emotional instabilities; mood swings, erratic behaviors, anxiety, depression, insomnia, dysphoria, aggression, violent or suicidal tendencies, or psychosis.