Information on Adderall Addiction Rehab

Adderall is a drug that is normally prescribed for those with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), in both instant release (IR) and extended release (XR) forms. Generically it is distributed within the category “amphetamine” salts. Users with ADHD report the ability to study, focus, concentrate, and perform better in school with consistent ingestion of Adderall. Adderall is a hot commodity on the black market, specifically for the demographic of 16-30 year old women. Adderall is a stimulant, with effects similar to cocaine, for users whom do not have ADHD. Like cocaine, it suppresses appetite, increases energy levels, heightens awareness, and acts a social lubricant within large groups of people. Thus partygoers often abuse Adderall as it cancels out the depressant effects of alcohol. Users are also prone to Adderall addiction.

The combination of alcohol and Adderall is common, however this combination is risky. Risks from Adderall are both short-term and long-term in nature; primarily the risk for addiction stands out as the foremost risk. Because Adderall’s short-term effects induce euphoric feelings and boost energy, users become dependent on it, specifically on weekend nights. In some cases, college students become addicted to Adderall after using it to study for exams. Among college students, Adderall has been nicknamed “college crack” and “cognitive steroid.” Adderall addiction of course begins with Adderall abuse. To recap, the most common ways Adderall is abused include:

  • Drug-seeking behavior. This is when a Adderall is obtained illegally, or a doctor prescribes the medicine to someone claiming to experience ADHD symptoms. ADHD is a common disorder and information on symptoms is ready available on the web. Without knowing the patient’s intentions, doctors may write a prescription for Adderall and unintentionally be contributing to Adderall abuse.
  • Party drug. Adderall is used amongst partiers who wish to stay up late and consume more alcohol without becoming drowsy and lethargic.
  • Weight-loss quick fix. Women seek out Adderall illegally for a quick way to shed pounds.
  • Crush and sniff. Whether prepping for an exam or a party, Adderall abusers may crush the amphetamine salts up until it is finely ground and snort lines of Adderall.

When does an individual cross the line from Adderall abuse to Adderall addiction?

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Indicators that the line has been crossed:

  • An increased tolerance of the drug.
  • Ingesting it in ways other than it is intended (i.e. snorting or injecting it) with increased frequency.
  • Prioritizing Adderall over previously important activities.
  • Withdrawing from friends and family members in light of the Adderall addiction.
  • Relying heavily on “downers” such as Xanax, Ambien, Valium, and Lunesta in the case of withdrawing or coming down from Adderall.
  • In the event the individual runs out of Adderall, he or she feels restless, irritable, and discontent.

Be wary if your loved one or friend is claiming to experience symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder when their lifelong history indicates otherwise. If you notice weight loss, apathy, loss of interest in spending time with family, and odd sleeping patterns, this may be a sign that they has fallen privy to an Adderall addiction.

Once the effects of Adderall have lapsed, the user will experience the “come down” feelings. Unwilling to handle these unpleasant feelings, the user will turn to other vices, such as marijuana or other relaxation-inducing drugs instead of experiencing the withdrawal effects. Due to the uncomfortable nature of Adderall withdrawal symptoms, the user feels a compulsive desire to continue usage to avoid these effects. Withdrawal symptoms range from mild to severe. The cessation of Adderall use within an Adderall addiction induce:

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Either spiked hunger levels or nausea
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Nightmares
  • Trembling extremities

An Adderall addict often carries feelings of guilt, shame and remorse along with their addiction. Shaming the addict into quitting Adderall will only drive the Adderall addict to withdraw and isolate. A loving suggestion for drug rehabilitation treatment is a viable option. Many families turn to trained interventionists to assist in carrying out the “tough love” concept, forcing the Adderall addict to choose between their current, debilitating, exhausting lifestyle – or accept the offer to get help. The majority of interventions result in the Adderall addicts agreeing to attend a drug treatment program. The toll an addiction takes on the mind, body, and spirit is disheartening. Thankfully, relief is attainable.