Oh, that morning cup of coffee (caffeine). Millions of Americans enjoy that wake-up cup. Later in the day when we feel that drowsiness or sleepy feeling creeping up, what do we do? We’re likely to grab another cup. A caffeine buzz comes in many forms, including sodas, and chocolate. Tea is another widely used source of caffeine, and many of the popular energy drinks contain caffeine. It can produce effects in as little as an hour, and can last up to 5 hours. Based on body size and amount of caffeine used, the effects can vary.
Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant drugs found in the seeds, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide. 90% of humans consume caffeine in various foods and drinks containing products derived from the coffee plant, tea bush, and kola nut. In humans, caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant, temporarily warding off drowsiness, increasing focus, and restoring alertness. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug, and as such can be addictive.
Addiction to caffeine can produce a variety of side effects, some of which can interfere with other health problems such as cardiovascular disease, and extreme overdosing can result in death, due to ventricular fibrillation. When more than 250 milligrams a day are taken, a condition called caffeinism can occur. The usual side effects of this can range from headache, nervousness, irritability, restlessness, and even insomnia. Some evidence, on the good side shows that normal caffeine consumption later in life can be helpful for Alzheimer’s patients. But this evidence is inconclusive. Caffeine can over-stimulate the nervous system and can produce a jittery feeling or nervousness. If highly overdosed, hallucinations and delusions can result.
Caffeine can be purchased nearly everywhere. It is easy to see why, with the need to multi-task these days that so many have become addicted to caffeine. If you are battling with caffeine addiction and need to get things back to normal in your life, we can help. We have programs in our facilities that cater to this very type addiction.
In our addiction treatment facility, comfort and thoroughness in recovery are our primary concern. Let us help you stop your caffeine addiction before it stops you; call today and speak with one our representatives.