Ch 4: Psychomotor Stimulants

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the medical applications and other uses for psychomotor stimulants. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

About This Chapter

Also referred to as 'uppers,' psychomotor stimulants are chemical substances that are known to increase alertness as well as stimulate organic and physical activity. The nervous system speeds up when a person ingests these substances. Caffeine and cocaine are examples of psychomotor stimulants. Watching the video lessons in this Psychomotor Stimulants chapter could increase your knowledge of:

  • Different kinds of amphetamines
  • The physiological effects of cocaine
  • The signs of drug dependence

Video Objective
Stimulant Dependence: Amphetamines and Cocaine Learn about the various effects of dependence on stimulants.
The History of Cocaine Use Explore the use of cocaine throughout history.
How Cocaine Works in the Brain and Body Discuss the psychological and physiological changes that occur in the body when taking this drug.
Usage Patterns and Administration of Cocaine Learn about the withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine.
Processing Coca to Cocaine to Crack Examine the processes through which coca becomes crack cocaine.
Prevention and Treatment Programs for Cocaine Abuse Read about programs that prevent cocaine abuse and treat cocaine abusers.
Amphetamines: Definition, Types and Forms Discover what amphetamines are.
The History of Amphetamine Use Explore the origins of amphetamines.
How Amphetamines Work in the Brain and Body Read about the effects of amphetamines.
Patterns and Applications for Amphetamine Use Explore tolerance levels and withdrawal patterns related to amphetamine abuse.
Signs and Symptoms of Stimulant Dependence Discuss the warning signs of stimulant addiction.
Medical Uses of Stimulant Drugs for ADHD Explain the ways in which attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is treated through the use of stimulant drugs.
Prevention and Treatment Programs for Amphetamine Abuse Learn about programs that attempt to prevent amphetamine abuse as well as provide treatment for those who are addicted to amphetamines.

14 Lessons in Chapter 4: Psychomotor Stimulants
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Stimulant Dependence: Amphetamines and Cocaine

1. Stimulant Dependence: Amphetamines and Cocaine

Many people take stimulants like caffeine in small doses every day. But what happens when someone becomes dependent on stimulants? In this lesson, we'll look at the effects of stimulants, including two commonly abused stimulants, cocaine and amphetamines.

The History of Cocaine Use

2. The History of Cocaine Use

The use of coca can be traced back to 3000 B.C. Cocaine use reached its popularity in the 1980s but remains a heavily abused drug. This lesson traces the history of cocaine and cocaine use.

How Cocaine Works in the Brain & Body

3. How Cocaine Works in the Brain & Body

Cocaine is an addictive, psychoactive, stimulant drug. It can cause both psychological and physical dependence. This lesson explains how cocaine works in the brain and the body.

Usage Patterns & Administration of Cocaine

4. Usage Patterns & Administration of Cocaine

The use and administration of cocaine has a long history. Cocaine has become the most heavily abused stimulant drug in the United States. This lesson briefly discusses patterns of cocaine use, abuse, tolerance, dependence, overdose and withdrawal.

Processing Coca to Cocaine & Crack

5. Processing Coca to Cocaine & Crack

The cocaine sold on the streets of the United States comes from plants grown in South America. This lesson explains how coca plants are processed into cocaine and crack cocaine.

Prevention & Treatment Programs for Cocaine Abuse

6. Prevention & Treatment Programs for Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is the most abused stimulant drug in the United States with over one million regular users. Fortunately, specialized drug treatment facilities are plentiful. This lesson discusses prevention and treatment programs currently available.

Amphetamines: Definition & Types

7. Amphetamines: Definition & Types

Amphetamines are stimulant drugs. They come in both legal and illegal varieties. This lesson explains what amphetamines are and identifies the various forms of amphetamines.

The History of Amphetamine Use

8. The History of Amphetamine Use

Amphetamine was developed in the 1800s and is still used for the treatment of certain medical conditions. This lesson traces the history of amphetamine and its use in the U.S.

What is Meth (Methamphetamine)? - Definition & Effects

9. What is Meth (Methamphetamine)? - Definition & Effects

What can cause your teeth to rot, sores to appear on your face and cause damage to your major organs? Methamphetamine is a stimulant with increasing popularity. This lesson will describe what is in meth and the effects of meth on users.

How Amphetamines Work in the Brain & Body

10. How Amphetamines Work in the Brain & Body

Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulant drugs. They increase certain chemicals in the body, which cause specific psychological and physical effects. This lesson describes how amphetamines work in the brain and the body.

Amphetamine Usage Patterns & Administration

11. Amphetamine Usage Patterns & Administration

There are different patterns of usage for amphetamines, as well as forms of administration for the various types of amphetamine. This lesson briefly discusses amphetamine use, abuse, tolerance, dependence, withdrawal, and overdose.

Signs & Symptoms of Stimulant Dependence

12. Signs & Symptoms of Stimulant Dependence

Stimulant abuse and dependence is relatively common among young adults. This lesson explains the general warning signs and symptoms that could indicate a stimulant use disorder.

Medical Uses of Stimulant Drugs for ADHD

13. Medical Uses of Stimulant Drugs for ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is most commonly treated using stimulant drugs. The stimulants don't cure ADHD, but they do treat the symptoms. This lesson explains stimulant treatment for ADHD.

Amphetamine Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

14. Amphetamine Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

Amphetamine is often prescribed for medical uses, but it's considered to be highly addictive. Some varieties of amphetamine are also sold illegally as street drugs. This lesson discusses prevention and treatment programs for amphetamine abuse.

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