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What is Adderall?

Adderall addiction is a common problem, particularly among young adults.

Adderall is a prescription central nervous system stimulant.

Adderall treats ADHD and narcolepsy.

It is also considered a high-risk prescription because of its potential for abuse and addiction.

If you are addicted to Adderall, Resurgence Behavioral Health can help.

Understanding Adderall Addiction

When a drug is prescribed, it often comes with the misconception that it cannot be bad for your health.

Many people find themselves asking, “Can you get addicted to Adderall?” The answer is a resounding yes.

But, how addictive is Adderall? Adderall has become a serious problem in the U.S., particularly on college campuses.

Adderall: The Study Drug

In studies regarding the non-medical use of Adderall and other prescription stimulants, approximately 60% of adolescents and young adults surveyed reported that they received or bought the drug from a friend or relative. Young people across the country are using Adderall as what they call a “study drug.”

For patients with ADHD, it helps regulate attention and other brain functions.

On college campuses, it helps you stay alert and concentrate.

Adderall is commonly used during exam weeks, when cramming for tests leads to increased pressure and decreased downtime.

Adderall Abuse

Rates of Adderall abuse are even higher among sororities and fraternities.

Despite being used to increase productivity, there is no evidence that Adderall use helps improve test scores.

Many of the students in one particular study earned lower grade point averages than students who were not using Adderall.

However, college students are not the only individuals abusing, and becoming addicted to, this prescription drug.

Addictions that started in college may last into adulthood. Adults in their 20s or 30s may become addicted after using Adderall to treat ADHD, stay awake through night shifts, long hours, or focus on stressful or high-pressure workdays.

Side Effects of Adderall Addiction and Abuse

College is an exciting time, but it also comes with a great deal of pressure.

College courses increase your workload, and campus activities and part-time jobs may take up most of your free time.

No one begins college, thinking they will develop an addiction to Adderall.

If you find that it has happened to you, it is essential to take the time you need to recover. Seeking professional help may be the best thing you can do for yourself.

Over time, your addiction will only worsen and become more difficult to endure. The best way to recover and find long-term sobriety is to enroll in a recovery program right away.

Long-Term Effects of Adderall Abuse

The long-term side effects of Adderall addiction are troubling.

If you are concerned that you have experienced or will experience any of these side effects, call us today for more information.

At high doses, prescription stimulants – like Adderall – can lead to the following dangerous side effects:

  • High body temperatures
  • Irregular heartbeats that may lead to a heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Seizures developing from nerve problems

Overdoses may also occur when you abuse prescription stimulants. Side effects of an Adderall overdose include:

  • Restlessness
  • Tremors
  • Overactive reflexes
  • Rapid breathing
  • Confusion
  • Aggression
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic
  • Abnormally increased fever
  • Muscle pains and weakness
  • Circulation failure
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramps
  • Convulsions
  • Comas
  • Fatal poisonings

The risk of overdosing is heightened when Adderall is mixed with other substances, like alcohol.

You do not have to wait for Adderall addiction to impact your physical or mental health, relationships, school, or work.

Help is available today. The sooner you overcome your addiction, the sooner you can live a healthier and happier life.

Do not wait another day to see what a fresh start can do for you.

Mental Illness and Adderall Addiction

As is the case with most addictive drugs, there is a clear link between mental illness and Adderall addiction.

Over time, Adderall may cause changes in your brain. It can lead to altered or uncharacteristic behaviors, as well as the development of mental health disorders.

Depression is the most common mental illness among those with Adderall addiction. Some individuals may develop suicidal thoughts or tendencies after abusing Adderall for a prolonged period of time.

The combination of depression (or another mental illness) and Adderall addiction is one of many possible dual diagnoses.

We can help you address these co-occurring disorders, as well.

Treatment Options

Effective Adderall addiction treatment comes in a variety of forms.

Generally, inpatient treatment is the method we recommend for moderate-to-severe addictions. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, strong cravings, require assistance detoxing or need a change of scenery, this may be the best option for you. Inpatient care is the only method that offers constant care and support. You will have 24-hour access to medical staff, and a variety of therapeutic methods from dawn to dusk.

You may also be eligible for an assisted detox to get you through withdrawals.

Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms

Adderall withdrawal symptoms often make it hard to quit on your own. These may include fatigue, difficulty concentrating and slowed heartbeat.

Our safe and monitored detox will help you regain control.

An inpatient setting will provide you with a strong start after detox, free from temptations and triggers.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most common Adderall addiction treatment methods. This method is used in many treatment programs to help you find new ways to behave, change your thought patterns, and address challenges in healthier ways. Individual, group, and family therapy sessions are common. They not only help you alter damaging thoughts and behaviors, but they also help you develop healthy methods of communication, understand and address conflicts, and enhance your problem-solving skills.

Adderall Addiction Treatment

Each day will begin with a healthy breakfast before moving into meetings, sessions, and groups.

You will have downtime and participate in recreational activities and outings, as well.

Most inpatient rehab stays last an average of 28 days.

Depending on your addiction and needs, long-term stays can offer support and guidance for more than one year.

However, if you cannot commit to a multi-week stay in one of our incredible facilities, there may be other options available to you.

Outpatient services are a choice for many patients. These involve many of the same therapeutic remedies, without the location change. This may be an option worth exploring if you have family members relying upon you for care; or cannot leave school or work, and need addiction treatment outside of traditional business hours.

Evening intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are ideal in these situations.

Traditional outpatient and partial-hospitalization programs are two other possibilities.

If you are not sure where to begin, do not worry – we would not expect you to. Call our facility to speak with an expert today.

We will evaluate your addiction and needs to develop the best plan for you. You will never find cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all addiction care here. Each of our plans is customized for maximum efficiency and truly patient-focused care.

Resurgence Behavioral Health

It is time to commit to your health and sobriety so that you can get back to your life with newfound strength and confidence.

We understand the complications, side effects, and withdrawal symptoms associated with Adderall addiction. Most importantly, we also understand how to help you overcome them.

Discover what your life can be when you break free from your Adderall addiction.

Discover Resurgence Behavioral Health today.

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Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.