When one is in the depths of a stimulant addiction, they may be using prescription pills or street drugs. Although the use of stimulants, such as cocaine, amphetamine and methamphetamine can elicit a boost of energy, increase alertness and cause users to experience euphoria, they can also cause a multitude of medical problems, and can lead to death.

If that’s not concerning enough, stimulant addictions, such as cocaine and methamphetamine addiction lead to relationship, financial and social problems. And, even though stimulants may increase sociability, those who are addicted to stimulants may experience the opposite effect.

Cocaine, methamphetamine and other stimulants can induce paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, anger, rage and can lead to one committing violent acts, such as rape, murder and suicide.

Those who initially abuse stimulants to increase alertness, improve the ability to study or work for extended periods, or lose weight, may find that the use has progressed to addiction and they have lost their jobs and family unit, dropped-out of school, and can no longer manage their lives.

Prescription stimulants are used for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), weight loss, sleep disorders, and other medical problems.


Weight loss pills

  • Phentermine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Diethylpropion
  • Tenuate (amfepramone)

Sleep disorders

  • Provigil
  • Nuvigil
  • Mentylphenidate (Ritalin)
  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, Dextrostat)
  • Amphetamine


  • Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine)
  • Ritalin and Concerta (methylphenidate)
  • Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)
  • Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
  • Desoxyn (methamphetamine)

On the other hand, there are various drugs that are illegally manufactured, distributed and sold on the street. These drugs are particularly dangerous because the potency and purity of these illicit substances are not known. There are also dangers associated with illegally purchasing drugs on the street such as violent crimes, prostitution, theft and robbery, not to mention the associated financial ruin and health problems that using street drugs can create. Here is a list of addictive stimulants, and their respective street names, that are manufactured, bought and sold illegally, including those that lead to synthetic drug addiction:

  1. Cocaine – Coke, Snow, Blow, Powder, Dust, Speedball (cocaine and heroin)
  2. Crack cocaine – Rocks, Hard Rock, Dice, Candy
  3. Methamphetamine (meth) – Speed, Crystal Meth, Crystal, Crissy, Tina, Crank, Glass, Ice, Dope
  4. Ecstasy (MDMA) – X, E, XTC, Adam, Molly, Scooby Snacks, Vitamin E (or X), Skittles, Love Drug

New designer drugs that are chemically synthesized from components that resemble existing medications, and are meant to replicate the experience that the older drugs create, are called synthetic drugs. Synthetic drug addiction is a very real epidemic in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Several of the synthetic drugs that are currently being illegally manufactured and distributed in the U.S. belong to the stimulant class of narcotics.


  1. Bath salts – Man-made chemicals that resemble cathinone, which is found in the khat plant
  2. Khat – Although not man-made and not technically a synthetic drug, khat is widely abused and can lead to addiction
  3. Flakka (Gravel) – Also man-made and related to the other synthetic cathinones


Fortunately, with today’s vast array of addiction recovery resources and drug treatment centers, one need not wait until all has been lost to get help. In fact, the drug addiction crisis is currently in the forefront of politics and society. Whether it be a state-funded program, or a private program, help is available for those who are willing to use it. The National Addiction Institute can assist you or a loved one in finding the addiction help that they need. With today’s resources, the only thing an addict needs to have is awareness and the willingness to seek a better life. Unfortunately, social stigmas, guilt, and shame, or the addiction itself, prevents many from reaching-out.

Although inpatient drug detox is typically not medically necessary for those who only use stimulants, if the person is also addicted to other drugs, such as opiates, benzodiazepines, or alcohol, a medical detox may be required. Many of those who are addicted to stimulants will enter treatment at the inpatient or residential drug rehab level of care. Once admitted and thoroughly assessed, the treatment will begin. As progress is noted, a gradual stepdown to a less restrictive level of care will occur.

Regardless of whether one is addicted to prescription stimulant pills, illegal stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine, or the newer synthetic drugs, intensive treatment is available for those who wish to undergo drug rehabilitation. If you, or a loved one, has questions or concerns about a cocaine, methamphetamine, or other stimulant addiction, the National Addiction Institute can help lead you in the right direction and present to you the options that are available.