Adderall Addiction and Treatment

Adderral is a medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADHA). For those who have been diagnosed with ADHD, this medication helps to improve their attention span, increase their focus, and enhance their alertness. It can also be prescribed for people who suffer from narcolepsy, as it helps to combat the excessive fatigue that they experience.

While adderrall has been proven to be a beneficial form of therapy for those who suffer from ADHD and narcolepsy, like many other prescription medications, a lot of people abuse this medication. It can be used as a recreational drug because of the effects that it create.

Adderall Explained

Adderall is a prescription only medication. It contains two types of drugs; amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Combined, these two drugs have been proven to help patients that have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as narcolepsy.

Adderall works by bonding to two receptors within the brain; norepinephrine and dopamine. It also binds to the epinephrine receptors that are located in the adrenal glands. Taking adderall increases the “feel good” chemicals that the brain produces. As such, this helps to improve focus, attention span, and alertness that occur with ADHD. It also helps to combat the feelings of excessive sleepiness that those who suffer from narcolepsy experience. However, adderall also creates a feeling of euphoria in some individuals. As a result, this medication can become highly addictive.

Because of the addictive nature of adderall, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has classified it as a Schedule II stimulant controlled substance. Other drugs that are also classified as Schedule II stimulants include cocaine, oxycodone, opium, and methamphetamine.

Because of the highly addictive nature of this adderall, it is not surprising that it has become the focus of the huge surge in prescription medication addiction that is occurring in the United States. People who are prescribed this medication for viable reasons, such as the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy, often end up abusing it because of the euphoric effects that it creates. People who are not prescribed this medication also use it as an illicit drug, again, because of the euphoria that it creates. When adderall is taken in ways that it is not intended, the chances of addiction are very high. When an individual becomes addicted to this stimulant drug, it can be very difficult for them to stop using it. That’s because abusing this drug can damage the brain; the brain believes that it needs to take the drug in order to feel “normal”, and the cycle of abusing adderall continues.

Signs of Adderall Abuse and Addiction

It is difficult to determine if any substance is being abused in the early stages of addiction. Those who abuse any type of substance – alcohol, cocaine, heroin, prescription pain medications, and adderall – tend to be very good at concealing their actions as a way to hide and safeguard their drug abuse and dependency. For these reasons, it is important to pay attention to any signs that could suggest that a person is abusing or is addicted to a drug, such as adderall.

If you notice that a friend, family member, colleague, or anyone else you care for is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, there is a chance that he or she may be abusing and addicted to adderall:

  • A noticeable improved sense of well-being
  • Marked increase in energy levels
  • Enhanced socialization (seems very talkative and “up)
  • Hyperactivity
  • A marked increase in the amount that he or she is talking
  • Inability to sleep
  • Feelings of anxiousness
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Shaking
  • Increased irritability

Typically, in the beginning stages of adderall abuse, an individual will exhibit more positive side effects, such as a more positive outlook, increased energy levels, and improved social behavior. However, as the abuse worsens and the person becomes addicted to the drug, adverse side effects will set in; irritability, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, etc. If left untreated, adderall abuse and addiction can lead to very dangerous side effects, such as:

  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Extremely aggressive behavior
  • Seizures
  • Heart attack

Treatment for Aderral Abuse and Addiction

Due to the marked increase in the number of cases of adderall abuse and addiction in the United States in recent years, many drug rehabilitation programs are now offering services that focus specifically on this drug. There are a number of treatment options available, including:

  • Inpatient or residential rehab
  • Intensive outpatient rehab
  • Long-term treatment
  • Short-term treatment
  • Community based drug rehab
  • 12-step programs

The type of treatment program that will work best for the patient depends on a number of factors, including how long the patient has been abusing the drug, how much of the substance is being taken, whether or not other substances are also being abused, and if the patient is suffering from co-occurring mental health disorders.

For those who are suffering from a severe addiction to adderall, inpatient rehab, complete with detox, is recommended. However, for patients that are mildly addicted or are just starting to show the signs of addiction, outpatient rehab may be an effective approach to treatment.

There are a number of strategies that will be used during treatment for adderal addiction. These treatments can include:

  • Detox: For those who are suffering from severe addiction, medically supervised detox is recommended.
  • Counseling. This can include one-on-one counseling, group counseling, and family counseling.
  • Therapies. Various types of therapies can be employed to combat an addiction to adderall, such as yoga, meditation, music or art therapy, and even nutritional therapy.

An effective rehab program will also focus on aftercare and relapse prevention in order to increase the chances of maintaining lifelong abstinence and sobriety.

To Find Help for Adderall Addiction, Contact Us Today

If you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction to adderall, contact us today. We can help you find a rehab center that will get you on the road to recovery and a life free of adderall abuse.