When it comes to studying for big exams or plowing through term papers in a matter of hours, most college students turn to prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin. Over the past several years, rates of prescription drug abuse have increased significantly across almost every demographic. Surprisingly, rates of prescription drug abuse are exceptionally high among high school and college students for this very reason. Many abuse prescription stimulants to increase their focus and ability to pay attention and complete time-sensitive assignments. However, there are many ways to improve focus and concentration without turning to drug abuse.
Prescription and Street Stimulants Are Very Addictive
It is important to note that prescription stimulants aren’t the only stimulant drug being abused to increase concentration. Some people abuse other stimulants – like cocaine and methamphetamine – if they have a task that they need to accomplish. However, both of these drugs are more commonly abused for recreational purposes.
Improve Concentration Without Relying on Stimulant Drugs
Some ways to increase concentrate without relying on prescription stimulants (or stimulant drugs of any kind) include:
- Make sure that you do not have any potential distractions on hand. This means turn off your cell phone and put it somewhere out of reach, make sure that the television is turned off, and make sure that you are full before you set to work. Anything can serve as a potential distraction – if your stomach growls you might get up to prepare a snack, then be tempted to turn and check your cell phone. Make sure that all of your needs are met before you get started!
- Eat a healthy and well-rounded diet. Numerous studies show that getting adequate nutrition does wonder for concentration – and all other cognitive functions.
- Stay organized. Make sure that you have everything you need on hand before you dive into whatever it is you are attempting to tackle. If you are working on a book report, for example, make sure that you have all the study materials you might, pen and paper, and whatever else you require to get the job done. Allow yourself enough time and stick to a strict schedule.
- Make sure that you are getting enough sleep every night. If you’re tired, you won’t be able to concentrate on anything other than closing your eyes and getting some rest.
- Spend some time in nature, and give meditation a fair shot. Quieting your mind is important to improve concentration. However, it can be difficult to meditate amidst all of the day-to-day distractions of your own home. Spend 30 minutes outside, either taking a walk and focusing on your breathing or sitting in silence – whatever works for you.
There are many effective ways to improve your concentration without turning to stimulant drug abuse. If you would like to discuss more options, or if you have been struggling with a stimulant drug abuse problem and you want to get clean and begin living an entirely new way of life, give us a call today. At Recreate Life Counseling we are dedicated to much more than providing effective addiction treatment – we teach our clients the tools they need to excel in all areas of their lives once treatment has come to an end.
Recreate Life Counseling and Stimulant Addiction Recovery
At Recreate Life Counseling we know that drug addiction typically stems from a wide range of underlying issues – one of these underlying issues is stunted life skill development. Many of our clients lack the skills necessary to function effectively without the use of chemical substances. It is our top priority to teach them how to do so. In addition to treating stimulant abuse at its roots, we teach our clients other methods and techniques that will improve their concentration without the use of drugs.
To learn more about our program of recovery or to learn more about our simple admissions process, pick up the phone and give us a call at your earliest possible convenience.