10 Times you Should Say No to Stimulants
There are a vast variety of both legal and illegal stimulants available. Many people use some form of stimulant to start their day or when they get a bit tired. Although stimulants as a whole are not a bad thing, there are sometimes you should stay no to them.
1. While you have been Drinking
The new craze of mixing energy drinks and alcohol is turning out to be very dangerous. Studies show that caffeine while drinking causes:
- increased risk of liver damage
- increased risk of drunk driving
- increased risk taking behavior such as unsafe sex
- increased risk of sexual assault or being a sexual assailant
- increased risk of cardiac damage
If you are drinking, it is not a good idea to drink or take stimulants.
2. When you are Already Impaired by Drugs
If you are already on another drug, adding stimulants into the mix is just a bad idea. When you are on certain drugs even a mild stimulant such as caffeine can become deadly. Illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or amphetamines can have fatal reactions when mixed with even over the counter stimulants.
3. When you have a Heart Condition
Stimulants increase your heart rate as well as your metabolism. When you increase your heart rate you put stress on your heart. If you already suffer from a heart condition stimulant use can complicate it.
4. When you are Anxious or Suffer from Anxiety
Stimulants increase more than just your energy level. They also increase the amount of adrenaline that your body produces, this increases anxiety. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, stimulant use can cause not only anxiety but paranoia and panic.
5. When they are Illegal Stimulants
Illegal stimulants are dangerous. Not only is it difficult to control the dose, they are often mixed with other unpredictable and harmful chemicals. Most illegal stimulants are also highly addictive.
6. When they are not Prescribed to you
Taking someone else’s stimulants is simply dangerous. There is a reason why doctors are necessary to get them. Doctors do testing and monitor their patients on these medications. They do this because the drugs can have very severe side effects and cause long term damage to someone who does not need them.
7. When you are Already taking a Stimulant such as ADHD Medication
Doubling up on stimulants increases the risks of side effects and long term damage. Most ADHD medications contain very powerful stimulants. By taking the two together or by taking more of your medication, you put your body and health at risk.
8. When you Have a Mental Illness
Stimulants can exacerbate some mental illnesses. Depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety are all deeply affected by stimulants. In some cases it makes the metal illness worse, in other cases it makes different symptoms appear.
9. When you Have an Eating Disorder
Stimulants do make you lose weight but they are extremely addictive. If you have an eating disorder it will make the eating disorder worse. Stimulants starve the body of nutrients. This causes a starvation reaction in the body.
10. When you Know you are Addicted to Stimulants
If you know you are addicted to stimulants you need treatment not more stimulants. If you have trouble saying no to stimulants under any circumstances, you need professional help in an inpatient or outpatient treatment center. To find help call us at 800-605-6597.