Adderall Addiction and Misuse

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Adderall Addiction and Misuse

Adderall addiction and misuse are some of the common and pertinent examples of how people are trying to keep up with the demands of today’s world.

Let’s admit, the world we live in is full of judgments, comparisons, and competitions. Whether you blame social media or technological revolution, everyone around us is fighting an incessant battle of “becoming the best version of themselves.” There is nothing wrong with this approach unless people avoid opting for unfair means to chase their unrealistic expectations.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has recently published a study in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. According to that study, approximately 6.4 % of young students (aged 18 to 22) use Adderall for different purposes. Most of these students use the drug to stay focused on their studies or excel at recreational activities.  Since the drug is used for different reasons and not prescribed by the doctor, it results in addiction.

In its latest study, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry concluded that Adderall misuse has turned to chronic addiction disorder among young adults aging from 18 to 25. These young adults get the medication from their family or friend without any doctor’s prescription. Adderall may cause severe side effects if you take it without any professional advice.

Let’s delve into the details to find out more about Adderall addiction.

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What Is Adderall Addiction and How Does It Work?

Adderall is a stimulant prescription medicine, typically used to treat Narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The stimulant drug contains a combination of highly mood-altering stimulants that include dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. The combination of chemicals in this stimulant drug is powerful enough to affect the part of the brain that plays a key role in impulse control and hyperactivity.

Adderall is a nervous system stimulant that helps people with ADHD retain their focus and control.  If the stimulant drug is purposefully taken several times without medical prescription, it increases drug dependence. That means overusing Adderall causes addiction, and an addicted individual needs to take a high amount of the drug stimulant to feel its euphoric effects.

Adderall Misuse

Who Misuses Adderall?

As mentioned earlier, Adderall is mainly taken for stimulating more energy, better concentration, and sustained wakefulness. People who are prone to develop Adderall addiction include:

  • Athletes
  • Students
  • People who have an eating disorder or people struggling to lose weight
  • People with hectic and stressful jobs

What Are the Symptoms of Adderall Addiction?

People with Adderall addiction often show drug-seeking behavior. When the signs of drug stimulants wear off, addicted individuals feel highly irritable and anxious.  Some of the common symptoms of Adderall addiction are:

  • Becoming socially distracted and secretive
  • Spending excessive money on buying the Adderall drug
  • Avoiding responsibilities of life
  • Manipulating the Adderall drug to increase its effects

Adderall Addiction

It is worth noting that Adderall addiction can cause severe physical withdrawal symptoms if individuals try to stop the drug use cold turkey.  It may cause an “Adderall Crash” that may leave them feeling disconnected and sluggish.  The withdrawal symptoms of Adderall include:

  • Panic attack
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Increased heart beating
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Blurred vision

Adderall Addiction

How Can a Rehab Facility Help?

Rehab centers like SpringBoard Recovery offer holistic and comprehensive treatments to help people with Adderall addiction. An addicted individual can enroll in specifically designed rehab and detox programs to get rid of the addiction.  Under the medical supervision of trained addiction specialists, people can manage their withdrawal symptoms.

Apart from this, addicted individuals can cope up with the symptoms of Adderall withdrawal by developing some healthy habits.  For example, they can

  • Stay nourished and relaxed
  • Foster a proper sleep cycle
  • Stay hydrated
  • Meditate

Adderall withdrawall

SpringBoard Recovery can be your ultimate solution if you are struggling with Adderall addiction. Our rehab facility has all the right tools, comprehensive programs, and detox therapies to help you escape the Adderall addiction cycle.

Sources:

  1. WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/drug-medication/adderall-abuse-addiction-signs#1
  2. Five Thirty Eight: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/college-students-arent-the-only-ones-abusing-adderall/
  3. Verywell health: https://www.verywellhealth.com/adderall-addiction-5087462
  4. National Library of Medicine: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19470858/
  5. Lee Health: https://www.leehealth.org/health-and-wellness/healthy-news-blog/top-trends/6-things-to-know-about-adderall
  6. Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/41013-adderall.html
  7. Very well mind: https://www.verywellmind.com/adderall-withdrawal-symptoms-timeline-and-treatment-4177486
  8. Pyramid Healthcare, Inc: https://www.pyramidhealthcarepa.com/faqs-medical-detox/

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WRITTEN BY ROBERT CASTAN
NOVEMBER 17, 2019

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SpringBoard Recovery. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to SpringBoard Recovery. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.   The U.S. Alcohol Crisis, Still Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic   Zombies and Other Future Threats to the Health of American Youth Dire Mental Health: A Catalyst for Post-Pandemic Drug Addiction The Benefits of Rehab Center Staff Working Their Own Recovery Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Robert Castan on Successful Addiction Treatment and Entrepreneurship Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale Opioids & COVID Driving Phoenix’s Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Successful Addiction Treatment Programs & Entrepreneurship

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