Depressants Vs Stimulants

Authored by Granite Recovery Centers    Reviewed by James Gamache    Last Updated: October 18th, 2021

James Gamache Medical Reviewer
Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Masters Level Addictions Counselor (MLADC). He has been working in the field of mental health/addiction treatment since 1995. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University in 2002. In 2002 Jim was hired by the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester holding the position of Clinical Case Manager. From 2004-2019, Jim was employed at WestBridge Inc. During his time at WestBridge, Jim held the following positions; Clinician, Team Leader, Director, & Chief Operations Officer. In 2019 Jim transitioned employment to GateHouse Treatment Center as the Clinical Director for 10 months. In October of 2020 Jim transitioned to Granite Recovery Centers and is currently serving as the Senior VP of Clinical Services and Quality Assurance.

What Are Stimulants?

Stimulants are prescription drugs that include Dexedrine, Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta to name a few. If you are looking for a benzo addiction rehab center in New Hampshire, consider Granite Recovery Centers. Amphetamines and other drugs of this class are prescribed to improve alertness and attention. As a result, many students and elderly people abuse this drug. Students are trying to keep up with their studies, while seniors are trying to improve memory function.

Which Substances Are Classified As Depressants?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, depressants are prescribed medications that include sedatives, hypnotic’s, and tranquilizers. These medications are categorized to slow down the activity of your brain. Central nervous system (CNS) depressants are medications that are prescribed for treating anxiety, panic, acute stress and sleep disorders. Sedatives slow the nervous system enabling sleep for insomniacs. Hypnotics also bring about sleep. Tranquilizers help with anxiety. When these substances are abused, it is imperative to get into treatment right away.

How Do Depressants Vs Stimulants Affect Our Bodies?

If you are facing an addiction to depressants, it probably started as a prescription for anxiety. Depressants increase the activity of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) acid in the brain. GABA acid naturally decreases brain activity. Stimulants increase the function of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. This is how your energy and attention span is boosted. Stimulants vs depressants is an appropriate contrast indeed. The two medications bring on opposite effects on the brain.

Is One More Addictive Than The Other?

Everyone reacts to substances in different ways. Nevertheless, the two families of drugs are both extremely addictive if used for a prolonged period. In addition, when they are misused, the chances of becoming addicted increase greatly. Many of these drugs are prescribed for a short-term issue. You may have gotten a prescription for Xanax to deal with bereavement. Now it is several years later and you are taking it to cope with everyday life.

Are Treatment Modalities Different?

The clinicians, therapists, counselors and support staff at Granite Recovery Centers focus on the individual in treatment. The person to the left and right of you in group therapy has a completely different road ahead in recovery. Similarly, treatment plans are different for stimulants and depressants. This difference is not based on the drugs but based on the individual. The modes are not different but the plans are geared toward your individual needs.

Recovery with Depressants vs Stimulant

Granite Recovery Centers is here to help you or your family member recover from substance addiction. With several locations throughout picturesque New England, we facilitate your entire journey back to life without active addiction. Here are some programs we offer:

Our comprehensive programming extends from detoxification through sober living and relapse prevention. If you require detoxification, we have you covered with both medical and holistic detox options. Granite Recovery Centers provides medical detoxification for people who do not need immediate medical intervention, are not a danger to themselves, and are capable of self-evacuation in the event of an emergency.

You have been out of control long enough. We don’t promise it will be easy, but the road to recovery is worth the work. Contact Granite Recovery Centers to put us to the test. You’ll find that we truly live up to our slogan: “Real People, Real Recovery”. Call us today.

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