What are the Most Commonly Abused Types of Stimulants?

The Most Commonly Abused Types of Stimulants


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Adderall and cocaine are two of the most abused stimulants.

Cocaine is a common party drug that people abuse to receive the euphoria and energy they feel when taking the drug. Cocaine is usually distributed as a white powder that people snort to receive the effects of the drug more quickly. Cocaine’s effects typically last for about an hour and then wear off. Cocaine is one of the most addictive stimulants and causes intense psychological withdrawals that occur when a person stops using the drug.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, a person does not have many physical withdrawals symptoms during cocaine detox, but a person will have extremely intense psychological withdrawals. The psychological withdrawal symptoms commonly exceed the difficulty for a person to go through than other withdrawal symptoms for other drugs.


Crack, also known as crack cocaine, is cocaine except it is more processed and it is crystalized and hardened. Crack is cheaper than cocaine and the effects of the drug are the same as cocaine except they are not as long lived. Crack is commonly smoked in a pipe and the effects typically last between fifteen minutes to an hour.

Crack is also addictive and it can be extremely dangerous being that in order to make crack cocaine is commonly mixed with other chemicals and substances to dilute the cocaine and make more crack. When abusing crack a person can never be sure of what exactly they are putting into their body which can result in them having a negative reaction to the drug.

Methamphetamine (Meth)

Meth is an extremely powerful drug that is more intense than amphetamine. Meth will completely alter the chemical dopamine in a user’s brain, which will cause a person to feel more alert, energized and happy. This effect can last for multiple hours and if a person continues to take meth for long periods of time they can cause permanent damage to their brain’s sensors.

Meth is extremely addictive to users mostly because it creates powerful pleasurable sensations to occur. However, once meth is out of a user’s body they will feel the exact opposite of how they felt when they were high on the drug, which is extremely sad and depressed.


Adderall is a prescription drug that contains amphetamine. Adderall is prescribed in safe doses to people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Narcolepsy. However, the abuse of Adderall has become a prominent drug problem in America over the years. Adderall abuse can lead to addiction and it can be dangerous.

According to Drug Enquirer, Adderall abuse can lead to extreme psychological dependence and severe social disabilities in people who abuse the drug. Furthermore, the abuse of Adderall or other amphetamines may cause a person to have a sudden heart attack even if they do not have any type of heart problems.

All of these commonly abused types of stimulants can cause a person to have a sudden heart attack or stroke and they all can lead to addiction and dependence if a person continues to abuse them.

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