Stimulants are known as uppers in some circumstances, and they are designed to reverse fatigue effects when it comes to physical and mental tasks.
There are a number of different types of Stimulants that people can abuse, and these include caffeine and nicotine.
Nicotine is a stimulant that is found in products containing tobacco, such as cigarettes, and caffeine is a primary and active ingredient in a number of different products including non-prescription medications, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
When you use these stimulants in moderation, they can increase alertness and relieve malaise, but unfortunately many people abuse them and actually end up getting the wrong effect as a result.
There are a number of other stimulants that are under regulatory control. These controlled substances are generally only available by way of prescription and this means that you need to have a legitimate medical use in order to take them. People who are suffering from attention deficit disorder, Narcolepsy and obesity, for example, have legitimate medical reasons to use this type of medication. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that acquire stimulant drugs so that they can be taken incorrectly, for off label reasons and for illicit purposes.
How are Stimulant Drugs Abused?
Stimulants can be smoked, snorted and injected, and this most commonly produces a rush or a flash, a sudden sensation that changes the way the user feels about themselves. Stimulants can produce feelings of exhilaration, loss of appetite, wakefulness and similar reactions and this is why people go out of their way to take stimulant drugs. While you can take stimulant drugs in therapeutic or medical levels, taking more than you are supposed to can produce harmful effects and can cause damage to the heart and the body. Even "safe" stimulants like caffeine can be harmful when you take them in dosages that are much higher than the recommended amounts.
People abuse stimulants to get a sense of exhilaration, to enhance their self-esteem, to improve their mental performance, to improve their physical performance, to increase their activity, to reduce their appetite, to produce a prolonged feeling of wakefulness and to get an overall high feeling. These stimulant drugs are known as agents of reinforcement or reward and they are among the most potent which is why they are so easily dependent upon.