Adderall is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Made with a combination of two central nervous system stimulants which work together to restore the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, the medication can help some individuals increase their ability to focus, pay attention, and control behavior.
While Adderall has been beneficial for many people who are suffering from specific conditions, it is also habit-forming and abused by a growing number who use it to perform at a higher level, improve memory, or to stay awake.
Who Is Abusing Adderall?
There is a growing problem with Adderall abuse and college students who take the drug to improve their performance on exams. It’s common knowledge that college students often cram late into the night for tests the following day. Adderall has become the go-to drug for staying up into the wee hours to study.
Adderall is also taken by some individuals as a diet pill. The medication can cause weight loss because amphetamine speeds up the body’s metabolism and lowers the appetite.
Because this drug is a legally prescribed medication, many think this makes it safe, but Adderall is far from safe when abused or taken for anything other than the prescribed reason, in the prescribed dosage and for the person the medication is prescribed for.
Risks With Abusing Adderall
This stimulant speeds up the heart and can be particularly dangerous for those with irregular heartbeats.
Another danger with abusing prescribed drugs like Adderall and other “smart drugs” is that there is a high risk of dependency. When abused, increasing amounts need to be taken to produce the same, desired effects. Over time, toxic symptoms can occur such as tremors, confusion, hallucinations, and panic states. Long-term effects can include extreme fatigue, depression, and even cardiovascular and gastrointestinal problems.
Treating Stimulant Addiction
Abusers of Adderall and other stimulants can experience intense cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms. This is why it’s vital for anyone suffering from stimulant addiction to seek professional treatment. Because stress is often a catalyst for drug abuse and addiction, counseling and behavioral therapy to deal with stress factors are important for ongoing treatment. A long-term treatment plan often includes physical exercise regimens, diet modification, meditation, yoga, and spiritual exploration.
If you are abusing Adderall or other substances, help is available. The first step in overcoming an addiction is reaching out for help. At The River Source, we are here to take your call 24/7. A representative is available to answer your questions about addiction treatment and recovery. Don’t wait another day. Let us help you on your path to overcoming Adderall addiction.