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Adderall Addiction Treatment

The prescription medication Adderall is composed of two different substances, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is used in treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Narcolepsy. For those who suffer with ADHD, Adderall is proven to increase focus, attention, and alertness. It has been successful when used in treatment of the above mentioned conditions, but also has been a commonly abused substance for those who are using the prescription medication recreationally.

The DEA actually has Adderall categorized as a Schedule II stimulant, it has a high potential for addiction and abuse. Those who are addiction may have a hard time when trying to stop use and it is also damaging to the brain if prolonged abuse has occured for the user. A proper addiction treatment program is needed for those to safely detox from adderall or any stimulant based drug.

Adderall Basics

When the user takes Adderall, there is an increase in the “feel-good” chemicals of the user’s brain. These feelings are what improves focus and causes the euphoria. This is the main reason why Adderall can become addictive. Under the Controlled Substances Act, Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance. Other drugs that fall into this category are cocaine, oxycodone, methamphetamine and more. Adderall is part of the new wave of Prescription pills that have been taken and used recreationally when the user may not have the illnesses that the drug was originally intended for.

As Mentioned in our recent blog, “Is Everyone Just Abusing Adderall” The number of individuals prescribed Adderall users has skyrocketed since the 1990s and even more so in the early 2000s. Specifically from 2002-2006, Adderall sales increased in an upwards of more than 3,000 percent. Even closer to the present, 2010, there were 18 million Adderall prescriptions being filled on a regular basis in the US. With the large amount of prescriptions for Adderall out there, even if they were lawful when put into the marketplace, this increases the opportunity for abuse. For users who do not technically need the drug for ADHD, the euphoric effects are much more dominant. That is one of the main reasons why Adderall is such a commonly abused drug for recreational purposes.

Also known as a “Study Drug” it has become more and more popular among college and high school students because of how it can enhance the users academic performance and allow them to stay up studying and especially focused.

In fact, as the National Institute for Drug Abuse points out, research shows that students who abuse Adderall, or other prescription stimulants, have lower GPAs compared to students who do not abuse this class of drugs.

Other Common Stimulants

Vyvanse

Ritalin

Concerta

Dexedrine

Signs of Abuse

It is not usually easy to conclusively identify drug abuse in its early stages. Substance abusers are often quite skilled at hiding their behavior, as a way of protecting the drug abuse. Even so, it is usually family members and other concerned individuals who guide a substance abuser into a rehab treatment program. Although a layperson will not have the medical expertise of a doctor, and therefore cannot diagnose substance abuse, there are some ways to determine if it is occurring.

All drug side effects range from mild to severe. It is no different with Adderall use. A severe side effect can be similar to an allergic reaction. The following are some side effects of Adderall use (but not necessarily indicative of abuse):

Mild Effects of Adderall

Trouble sleeping

Upper abdominal pain

Loss of appetite

Vomiting

Easily angered, annoyed, or nervous

Severe Effects of Adderall

Heart attack

Depression

Seizures

Hallucination

Aggressive behavior

Once an individual engages in recreational use of Adderall there are many other dangers. If an individual is either taking too much or snorting or injecting the drug the risk of an overdose dramatically increases. The following are signs of an overdose:

Confusion

Tremors

Depression

Hallucinations

Gastrointestinal problems

Panic

Cardiovascular problems

Fatigue

Restlessness

Stopping use of Adderall or significantly reducing the familiar dosage may trigger withdrawal symptoms in some individuals. Adderall use, even in prescribed users who completely follow their doctors’ treatment plan, can lead to physical dependence. When the body habituates to Adderall use, it will require more of this drug to achieve the desired effects over time.

Withdrawal is also a component of physical dependence. It is important to understand that withdrawal is always a sign of physical dependence but not necessarily addiction. In the event of an addiction, a person’s life becomes unmanageable from the drug. Time, resources, work, and relationships will suffer because of the dependence on the drug to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal from Adderall Symptoms Include:

Panic attacks and anxiety

Inability to improve mood

Fatigue

Phobia-type feelings

Suicidal thoughts

Trouble sleeping

Adderall cravings

Irritability

Extreme hunger

Depression

Adderall Addiction Treatment from The Beaches Treatment Center

An Adderall addiction treatment plan from The Beaches comes with intense therapy sessions including individual and group settings, education on the disease of addiction, EMDR trauma therapy, cognitive behavioral therapies, relapse prevention and more.

The PHP and IOP levels of care provided by The Beaches is important because in order to prevent relapse it is suggested a 60-90 day rehabilitation process is completed. We offer an individualized treatment program because it is essential to begin treating the root causes of drug use and addiction and everyone’s care is different.

Our goal here at The Beaches Treatment Center is to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth. We know that the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against an Adderall addiction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with benzodiazepine abuse or addiction, the time to seek help is now. At The Beaches Treatment Center we can help. Your Journey to Recovery Starts Here.

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