Adderall is a manufactured pharmaceutical amphetamine. Adderall is prescribed by doctors, but there are some users who take the drug with no prescription at all and they buy it illegally. Adderall has become one of the most over prescribed medications in the United States. Adderall Addiction Treatment has become more common since it euphoric effects have been discovered by the college crowd. People also abuse the drug and use it as a dietary supplement to help them lose weight.
Adderall Addiction and Treatment
There are several reasons as to why someone may be prescribed Adderall or take it without a prescription. Many children are prescribed Adderall at an early age due to Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD and ADD for short. Adderall is also prescribed to help treat narcolepsy. Adderall helps children function and live normal lives when they are diagnosed correctly and are given Adderall by their doctor. The effects from Adderall are different for people who use it for a mental disorder versus people who take the drug illegally. When people are diagnosed by a doctor with ADHD, and they take Adderall, it helps calm them down, focus better, and not be as hyper or impulsive. But when people use Adderall without a doctors order it usually makes them focus better but they end up being very hyperactive. A doctor’s purpose and reasoning for prescribing Adderall is to help try to restore certain neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine and norepinephrine. The purposes for those neurotransmitters are for boosting alertness and energy levels. When taking it without a prescription, it is commonly abused. Even when the medication is prescribed there is a high possibility for becoming dependent on the drug. Adderall is derived from amphetamine salts and can make the user feel hyper focused, feel smarter and able to tackle any task that comes their way, until the pills effects wear off. More common than not, this is where the habit forming comes into place because people feel more energetic when taking Adderall and feel like they cannot function fully or properly without it after taking it for a period of time. College students commonly take Adderall to have increased alertness, concentration, and memory efficiency. This makes it easier for them to focus for longer periods of time when studying, taking tests, or writing essays. Essentially Adderall is a performance enhancing drug not only used for general education students, but also athletes as well. Athletes take Adderall to increase endurance and physical limitations. In the professional athlete world, it is seen as a performance enhancing drug, so it is frowned upon to take when you are a pro athlete, but some still try to do it. Some people use Adderall for weight loss because it decreases metabolism and produces a lack of appetite. Adderall comes in pill form typically, but those that abuse the drug typically snort or inject it.
Different Effects of Adderall Stimulants
“Some cases of (ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Narcolepsy and Obesity are treated with prescription Adderall.” Short Term Effects of Adderall Abuse Some of the unpleasant side-effects experienced by Adderall users vary based on the individual and how much they were taking. The side effects for people who abuse Adderall without a prescription, is still being researched because a lot of doctors still don’t understand the reasoning behind it. However, the most common short term side effects of Adderall use or abuse are as follows.
• Extreme Dizziness
• Irregular rapid heartbeat
• Poor Blood Circulation
• Hard time sleeping or insomnia
• Appetite Loss
• Low Sex Drive
Side-Effects from Adderall don’t just stop there. Several people experience worse symptoms from abuse of Adderall. These side-effects can include:
• Extreme Migraines
• Extreme Nausea
• Bad Hallucinations
• Blurry Vision
• Extreme Nervousness
Stimulant prescriptions have a classification of Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substances Act by the FDA because of their potential of abuse and addiction. Per studies 900,000 U.S. Citizens use and abuse stimulants a month.
Long-Term Effects Adderall Addiction
Adderall is a pharmaceutically made schedule II controlled substance, so there’s no contest that it’s habit forming with or without prescription. After a person takes Adderall for a long-term period and they experience the euphoric effects, they will more likely than not become addicted to the drug. The withdrawal from consistent use and abuse can lead to depression, extreme fatigue and disruption with sleep. Some of the side effects for long term use of Adderall is
• Re-occurring panic attacks
• Irritability, lethargy, and fatigue
• Damage to the respiratory System
• Damage to the cardiovascular system
Adderall Addiction Treatment
Amphetamine addiction is commonly treated at rehab centers around the United States. Another commonly treated drug addiction like Adderall is methamphetamine/crystal meth addiction. A detox for Adderall is the first step to a long-term solution for addiction to Adderall. It is possible to detox from Adderall on your own, but it is recommending to seek a medical detox to be monitored during the detox due to the mental side effects it causes when withdrawing. Depending on the severity of abuse of Adderall, a rehab program maybe recommending necessary once the detox process is completed. After detox, once the Adderall is out of your system, then the real work begins with learning how to live without the substance. If you are looking for an rehab to go to, some of the qualities you would look for in a rehab program for Adderall addiction would offer emotional support, individual and group therapy and aftercare with qualified staff.
Statistic on Stimulant Abuse
A survey showed that more than 60% of young adults from the ages of 18- 28 get Adderall from acquaintances they know, more than 20% get them through family members, 20% get them from peers, and about 14.8% get them from a dealer on the streets. There were an estimated 1.2 million non-prescribed users of a stimulant in the United States 12 or older in 2012. Alcohol was also abused with 38% of the emergency room visits involving stimulants in 2011.
Treatment was provided to 360,000 stimulant addicts in 2012.