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Alcohol and Adderall

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Alcohol and Adderall

Adderall is a stimulant that increases alertness and focus. Normally, doctors prescribe it for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or other mental illnesses. Unfortunately, some people use Adderall for recreational purposes. Because of this, there are a number of people who like to combine alcohol and Adderall together when they are at a party or social event. This could lead to an Adderall addiction treatment program.

How Do Alcohol and Adderall Interact?

While Adderall is a stimulant, alcohol is actually a depressant. When someone drinks alcohol, it eventually makes them drowsy. Some people take Adderall while drinking so that they can stay alert, party longer, and stay awake later.

The problem is with the way the two substances interact with each other. These two substances try to counteract each other and fight for control over the body. Even in the short run, this can lead to major issues like heart problems, aggression, and disorientation.

Normally, someone who drinks too much will eventually pass out. Adderall makes it more likely that the individual will stay awake for longer, which also means that they might consume more alcohol. Because of this, mixing alcohol and Adderall can make alcohol poisoning more likely.

Unfortunately, Adderall also carries side effects when someone takes it without alcohol. When the individual combines it with alcohol, it will still carry these side effects. These symptoms include things like high blood pressure, an increased heart rate, and restlessness. On its own, alcohol can cause symptoms like lower inhibitions, weakened self-control, poor balance, slurred speech, and stomach pains.

The Immediate Side Effects

As soon as someone takes both of these substances, it can cause an increased heart rate, higher alertness, and increased breathing. Unfortunately, these two chemicals make someone feel more capable or confident than they actually are, which can lead to accidents. The individual may also develop symptoms like increased focus.

Even if someone takes Adderall just once, they can still develop serious side effects. The most serious effects of this drug include heart palpitations, sudden heart attacks, and irregular heartbeats. Individuals may also suffer agitation, anxiety, fear, and vomiting. Anyone who experiences side effects from Adderall or alcohol should immediately contact their doctor to prevent these symptoms from causing lasting damage.

Learning More About Rehab Options for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol and Adderall might be fairly easy to find, but these substances are extremely addictive. Once someone has an addiction, the next step is figuring out how to become sober. A top rehab can help individuals learn more about the underlying cause of their addiction and how to prevent a relapse.

In an Adderall addiction treatment program, clients can discover options such as:

Struggling with an addiction to alcohol and Adderall is challenging, but no one has to become sober alone. Red Oak Recovery® can guide you to a better, healthier life. Learn more about our unique programs by calling us today at 866.457.7590.