Stimulants are drugs, which improve both our physical and mental health temporarily, so that we have increased energy, increased alertness and feelings of wellbeing.

Can we be addicted to stimulants?

Unfortunately, the answer to this is Yes and as harmless as we think they are, they work in the total opposite way. I am not talking about the ones we know about, like speed, cocaine or cannabis. I am talking about sugar and caffeine, the ones that seem harmless, but can be quite damaging to our health.

What are the problems with caffeine?

In the long-term caffeine is addictive, meaning the more we drink, the more we feel the need to drink. Caffeine makes us feel more alert and more energised as a short-fix, but can never work long-term.

‘Caffeine blocks the receptors for brain chemicals leading to increases in adrenalin and therefore alertness.’ The more caffeine we drink the more the body becomes used to it; so it becomes insensitive to its own natural stimulants.

This spiral usually continues as we become more and more reliant on stimulants just to make us feel normal, resulting in the body’s inability to produce its own natural stimulants, leading to a caffeine addiction. Feelings of depression, exhaustion and our inability to cope without a regular consumption of caffeine, usually follows.

Of course coffee is not the only product that contains caffeine. Caffeine is also used to manufacture coca cola and energy drinks including Red Bull. It is also used in tea. Green tea and chocolate drinks also contain caffeine, but not in the same measures as those drinks I have already mentioned.

In my next blog I will explain how we can try kick the habit.


17 Nov, 2010

6 thoughts on “Stimulants

  1. It’s funny, but in all the years I have drank coffee on and off, I have never been addicted to it. I know people that are addicted to it and see how cranky and mean they get when they don’t have their morning coffee. I have made a practice, of just not drinking coffee for months at a time.

    1. Brian, maybe your answer lies in the fact that you can go months without drinking coffee. Coffee becomes addictive the more times you drink it, so taking a break will help you drop the cycle of addiction! That’s good.

  2. People think that I’m addicted to soda pop and my boyfriend says I am too. Maybe I am. I didn’t think I was, but maybe I am!

    1. Colleen, it’s not always easy to see something in ourselves, but soda pop has caffeine in it too, so there is a distinct possibility you could be. Nice to see you back on site.

  3. I know I’m addicted to it. I have coffee in the morning and about 2 cola’s a day. Then I also have 2 energy drinks. I get really bad headaches when I try to quit. I have cut back tremendously though. I used to drink at least 6 cola drinks a day.

    1. Lisa at least you know you have an addiction to all these drinks and are at least trying to address the problem. You may also find that your problems here will in some way connect with your other problems too!

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