Smart drugs, or nootropics, are medications and supplements that affect the brain by helping you to feel more alert, awake, and focused. These medications are used in the treatment of various diseases, such as ADHD and Alzheimer's, but are also taken by healthy people who enjoy the feeling of enhanced concentration and alertness to assist them in school or work. Because smart drugs have a low risk for unpleasant side effects, many people forget that they can be misused like any other drug. If you feel as though you need smart drugs to function normally, or the use of these substances is negatively interfering with your life, you may want to consider changing your smart drug habit.
Though nootropics typically have few side effects when taken as prescribed or directed, people who use higher or more frequent doses can experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking the medication. These symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, depression, and abnormal changes in heart rhythm (arrhythmia). If you have been taking smart drugs regularly, you may have become accustomed to the levels of increased alertness and focus. When you stop, this may cause you to feel slower and have difficulty concentrating. Tasks may seem harder, and you may feel more uncoordinated. These symptoms can be so unpleasant that you resume taking the drug to feel better again.
The goal of most drug rehab and 12 Step programs, including those for smart drug use, is to end the use of all substances. Emphasis is placed on the power of the drug over the person and substance misuse is classified as a chronic, incurable disease. The patient is not given the tools to make a permanent change in their substance use habit and often leading to a high rate of return to misusing drugs. This is considered a failure on the part of the patient and relapse is an expected occurrence after many drug rehab treatments.
Saint Jude Retreats is a different type of program for those using substances. It is a non-12 Step Cognitive Behavior Education (CBL) program with an emphasis on empowerment and sustainable happiness. The Saint Jude Retreats guest is empowered to take control of their smart drug use in a self-directed program with a focus on personal responsibility for their decisions and actions. Guests learn their substance use is always a choice, not a disease, which they can permanently change if they commit to doing so. Guests receive information and tools relevant to their situation to make decisions about their future, plan for their best outcome, and make permanent changes to reach their personal goals.
To learn more about how Saint Jude Retreats can help you or a loved one with nootropic drugs or any substance misuse, call 1.888.242.2626. All calls are free and confidential.