Adderall is a brand name central nervous system stimulant prescribed to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adderall contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. As it has become more widely prescribed, Adderall has become the subject of ongoing controversy. Some argue that too many young people are prescribed drugs like Adderall when they don’t really need to be on them. Others point to increased attentiveness, alertness and concentration as benefits of the drug.
Unfortunately, those to whom Adderall is prescribed are not the only ones using the drug. Adderall abuse has become more prevalent on college campuses and has found its way into the workplace as well. Some use the drug for increased concentration while studying or writing a paper, while others take Adderall as a party drug. Any nonprescription Adderall use is dangerous. Because Adderall affects the reward center in the brain, it has a high potential for abuse and addiction much like other stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.
How Is Adderall Abused?
Recreational use of Adderall is the most obvious form of abuse, although this does not diminish the dangers of any form of abuse. The abuse of Adderall for increased concentration and alertness in studying and other academic work is increasingly common on college campuses and is not viewed as serious by those who engage in it. These users tend to take Adderall in higher doses than they should, resulting easily in tolerance, dependence and addiction. Another form of Adderall abuse prevalent on college campuses is the use of the drug in order to lose weight, as Adderall reduces appetite. Using Adderall for weight loss purposes can also result in addiction.
Adverse Effects of Adderall Abuse
Adderall carries serious and dangerous side effects. Because it increases blood pressure, it causes a risk of stroke and heart attack. Other side effects include insomnia, increased aggression and changes in vision. Adderall, like other amphetamines, is also associated with serious withdrawal symptoms. After using Adderall in high doses for a long period of time, quitting abruptly will cause these symptoms. They can include extreme fatigue, insomnia and depression
Recover from Adderall Addiction
If you or someone you love struggles with Adderall addiction, we can help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with a counselor. We can answer whatever questions you may have, such as what recovery will look like and whether insurance can cover it, and help you find the treatment plan that’s right for you. If you’re abusing Adderall, you could be risking your life. Call now and start recovering today.