Adderall is a prescription drug that brings proven benefits to those suffering from narcolepsy and attention disorders like ADD and ADHD. It has long been a “study drug” of choice for healthy high school and college students seeking higher GPAs, and now it’s making its way into a hard-driven workforce requiring long hours of focus and motivation. Because Adderall releases dopamine that gives users an inflated sense of wellbeing, they feel infinitely productive and ready to take on the world. Unfortunately, studies conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that students taking Adderall did not actually perform better on cognitive function tests; they only thought they did.
Adderall is easy to obtain. Not only is it is readily available through dealers, but students and professionals are borrowing pills from friends or faking symptoms to get their own prescription. And—because it is prescribed—many users consider it “safer” than street drugs.
What is Adderall? Am I Addicted?
Adderall combines two stimulant drugs: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. These medications speed up the central nervous system, improving energy, mood, and ability to concentrate. Like all drugs, though—over time, Adderall users require more of the med to get the desired effect. With increased use comes a variety of serious physical and psychological symptoms. If you’ve used Adderall to get ahead at work or school and have lost control of your dependency, it’s time to get help. As with most drugs, you’ll begin to notice constant cravings and increased use in the midst of negative consequences. Other addiction signs vary in severity, and may also include:
- Nervousness & restlessness
- Aggressiveness Paranoia & hallucinations
- Sleep problems
- Nausea & stomach pain
- Weight loss & loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Fast heartbeat & shortness of breath
- Psychosis (in rare cases)
Adderall Addiction Treatment
Known by the street names peppies, dexies, truckies, black beauties, double trouble, and beans, prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin cause long- term damage to your body and mental health when they are abused. If you’re stuck on the hamster wheel of Adderall or Ritalin use or you have a friend who’s addicted, it’s time to get help. In the confines of a skilled, compassionate recovery center, you’ll safely detox and begin a behavioral therapy program where you will:
- Discover the root of your addiction
- Gain support from a community of young adults
- Use holistic therapies to deal with cravings & withdrawal
- Gain the tools you need to recover
- Develop an aftercare program to help you fend off relapse
- Learn healthy, alternative ways to focus, study & stay motivated
Get Help for Adderall Addiction
To learn more about Adderall and Ritalin addiction treatment for young adults, click here. To begin your recovery journey or discuss Adderall addiction recovery you can reach us at 866.831.9107.