Since its introduction in 1996, the stimulant Adderall has been used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the sleep disorder narcolepsy. This drug allows individuals to pay closer attention for a longer period of time and to manage the sudden and intense sleepiness associated with narcolepsy. Adderall has proved helpful for many patients, but many others have become addicted. It can be difficult for people who have become addicted to Adderall to know where to turn for help.
How Adderall Works
Adderall is made from amphetamine salts, and it inherits many of that drug’s known addictive power. Though far more focused than its cousin methamphetamine, Adderall shares some of its chemical characteristics. It is known to be habit forming, especially if taken in higher than recommended doses or for purposes it is not designed to serve. It has become popular on college campuses and in high-pressure work environments. Some students consider it to be a miracle study drug and fear facing their studies without Adderall on hand to help them focus.
Adderall does present a risk for some serious side effects, but many of the worst symptoms only show up after long-term use or when the person tries to stop taking it. Some side effects of Adderall use include the following:
- Racing, irregular heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
- Blurred vision
- Chest pain
- Dry mouth
- Sexual dysfunction
How Amphetamine Addiction Works
Adderall causes the brain to create a spike of dopamine that brings a rush of euphoria to the user. The brain stops creating its own natural “feel good” chemicals, meaning the user becomes dependent on Adderall to feel normal. When the person quits taking the drug they will experience some potentially severe symptoms of withdrawal including the following:
- Intense anxiety
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in joints, muscles and bones
- Depression and suicidal thoughts or actions
The length of withdrawal will vary depending on the intensity of the person’s abuse and the length of their addiction. Most people who try to quit on their own will fail and be discouraged from trying again in the future. Getting clean from Adderall is definitely possible with the right help. Whether the person in question started taking Adderall with a legitimate prescription or through recreational or illegal use, the first and most difficult step is to admit to themselves and others that they have a problem and need help.
With potential legal and financial concerns adding extra pressure, it can be hard for an Adderall user to know where to turn for help. Often the psychological side of the addiction can convince users that their friends and loved ones will be too disappointed in them to be of any help. In most cases this is not true. The people who love you most want you to be healthy, happy and safe. There are many friends and family members who will root for your recovery.
What Does Adderall Addiction Help Look Like?
Adderall addiction treatment can take any of several forms. Specialized treatment professionals can help identify any co-occurring or underlying psychological issues that may be contributing to or exacerbating the Adderall addiction. Medically supervised detoxification can alleviate the most serious symptoms of withdrawal. Possibly the most important step, however, is the follow-up rehabilitation that will address the psychological addiction the person faces. These programs exist in both residential programs and outpatient treatment plans. Addiction specialists can help you decide which type of program will give you the best shot at a full and lasting recovery.
Where Can I Find Adderall Addiction Treatment?
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