Stimulant Use Disorder Monster
A slight change may be made to this piece on request. I can change the 'Stimulant Use Disorder' to the date you became sober. This may be a great gift to someone coming up to their 1, 5, 10, 30 year anniversary of being sober. No amount of time sober is too little.
Write the date of sobriety in the notes of purchase, other wise the default option of 'Stimulant Use Disorder' will be used.
Stimulant Use Disorder is a pattern of amphetamine-type substance; Meth, Cocaine, MDMA or other stimulant use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.
The monster appears exhausted as stimulants provide high energy levels, leading people to avoid sleep and engage in excessive activity. When the body’s energy is inevitably depleted, extreme exhaustion takes over.
The MDMA pills and prescription pill bottle are brightly coloured, in contrast to the monster himself, to display them in their true form but also to highlight that some stimulants may initially appear appealing. Despite their colours, their hooks are sharp and have firmly impaled the monsters skin, symbolising the strength of this addiction, and the difficulty in breaking free from being ‘hooked’ on stimulants.
Both the dopamine and serotonin chemical structures are imprinted into the skin of the monster. These are natural occurring chemicals, produced by the brain, that are associated with the production of happiness and mood regulation- both of which are highly affected with drug abuse.
Most drugs target the brain’s reward system, which becomes overstimulated, producing high levels of dopamine, creating euphoric effects. This feeling of being ‘high’ sets in motion a pattern that compels some people to repeat the behaviour.
Stimulant Use Disorder interferes with the body’s natural chemical balance. As a person continues to abuse drugs, the brain adapts to the continuous surges in dopamine by reducing its own dopamine production. This decrease compels those addicted to continue their behaviour or increase the amounts taken, in attempt to bring their dopamine function back to normal. This is known as ‘tolerance’, which increases a persons chance of death or overdose.
According to the Recovery Research Institute, it takes 14 months of complete abstinence for the dopamine transporter levels to return to nearly normal.
The word ‘Stimulant Use Disorder’ across the mouth area represents speaking up about the illness while simultaneously symbolising how the illness keeps you silent.
The word 'monster' refers to the disorder, which can become monstrous without the right treatment or support, this does NOT refer to the people themselves. These illustrations are not designed to take away from the seriousness of these issues, instead they are created to encourage conversation and make these issues more approachable.
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Wear your monsters, don't let them wear you.