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Adderall Addiction is becoming increasingly more prevalent for young adults. Adderall addiction can have devastating effects on the physical and mental health of those abusing it. Families of people suffering from Adderall addiction are also affected. Below is important information about Adderall Addiction.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a stimulant that is used to treat hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. The effects of Adderall are similar to methamphetamine. Stimulants, like Adderall, can be highly addictive. Adderall Addiction can occur even when the drug is prescribed by a doctor. Adderall stimulates the central nervous system and affects chemicals in the brain that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Adderall can also be used for other purposes by medical professionals.
Adderall is a narcotic and therefore can become addictive if misused. Not everyone who uses Adderall will develop an addiction, but if a person takes the drug in unprescribed doses they are at high risk for developing a dependence. People using Adderall for long periods of time will develop a dependence, and eventually will not be able to function normally without it. As their tolerance increases, the person will need higher doses to produce an effect. This is dangerous because if a person becomes dependent on Adderall and it no longer gives them the desired effect, they may seek out more potent stimulants that mimic the effects of Adderall such as cocaine and Methamphetamine. They may also begin to combine the drug with sedatives to help the “come down” or sleep.
Adderall is commonly misused among students, athletes, and high performers. This drug significantly increases energy levels for those who do not have hyperactivity disorder. The increased focus, high energy, and easy access on campuses have led to many high school and college students abusing this drug to help improve their performance in school. Adults also abuse this drug in order to increase their productivity. Athletes have also been known to abuse Adderall to increase energy levels and improve performance.
Those with eating disorders are also known to abuse Adderall. Stimulants decrease appetite and increase physical activity. Therefore, a person who struggles with disordered eating will abuse this drug to suppress their appetite and promote weight loss. These people will need treatment for both issues in order to fully recover.
In the beginning, the person is seeing the benefits of Adderall abuse, such as higher grades or better performance at work, which can lead to using higher doses. As the amount of the drug increases a person will eat less, sleepless, and take on more tasks. The person then attributes their achievements to Adderall and believes they need it in order to function and be successful.
Signs of Adderall Abuse
The following are signs that someone may be abusing Adderall
- Sleeping, Less
- Eating Less
- Being more talkative
- Mood swings
- Weight loss
- Loss if importance for things which used to matter to them
- Large periods of time the person can not be accounted for
- Becoming secretive
- Hallucination/ Delusions
- behavioral changes
- mood changes
- signs of drug use or paraphernalia (Baggies, straws, rolled up bills or paper)
Adderall Side Effects, Overdose, and WIthdrawal
Adderall can have positive impacts on a person’s concentration and energy levels in the beginning, but side effects can occur and prolonged use can result in long term health issues.
The possible side effects of Adderall include:
- dry mouth
- body twitches
- rapid heart rate
- difficulty breathing
- high blood pressure
- vision problems
- frequent headaches
- stomach or chest pain
- nausea or vomiting
Adderall overdose is possible. The signs of Adderall overdose are:
- Chest pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fast breathing
- Uncontrollable shaking
If someone has been abusing Adderall stopping on their own is not recommended and can be dangerous. It is important to consult with a physician or seek treatment to assist in the detoxification process. Withdrawal can be very uncomfortable and unsafe to do without the help of medical professionals.
Adderall WIthdrawal symptoms include:
- changes in mood
- A hard time sleeping
- Unusual tiredness (fatigue)
- Stomach aches or cramping
Adderall Abuse Detox and Treatment
Adderall detox and treatment can occur in an inpatient or outpatient setting.
A detox may be necessary and can be determined by a short medical assessment.
Inpatient treatment at an addiction treatment facility is appropriate for people with a severe addiction who cannot stop using Adderall themselves or are in situations where withdrawal would present a medical risk. Receiving clinical therapy, support and accountability plays an important role in the person’s recovery. Most people will return to the drug within the first 90 days. Therefore, an inpatient treatment that assists them in building a relapse prevention plan, addresses underlying emotional disturbances, treats mental health concerns, helps establish connections to community support, and provides a structured environment that significantly improves their chances of long term recovery.
Outpatient treatment is usually conducted less strictly, with guidance from an addiction professional. It is appropriate for mild addictions with no medical risk in people who are motivated to quit.
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