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What is Adderall?

Adderall is the brand name of a medication that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is commonly prescribed for attention-deficit disorder and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adderall works to increase dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.

These increase mental alertness and allow for greater focus in ADD/ADHD patients. The increases in dopamine levels can create feelings of positivity, confidence, and happiness. Some individuals abuse Adderall for their stimulant activity.

People who take Adderall for a long period of time or at doses higher than normal are at a high risk of addiction and withdrawal when they stop taking the drug.

Tolerance and Addiction

Adderall commonly produces tolerance, which can lead some users to increase the doses to get the same effects as before. Most people who take Adderall for a long time develop some level of physical tolerance and may need to slowly reduce medication doses when it is time to quit.

Adderall addiction and abuse should be suspected if your life revolves around obtaining Adderall, are sacrificing other important things and people in your life for Adderall, or experiencing cravings for Adderall.

Adderall Crash

When a user stops taking Adderall abruptly, they can experience an Adderall crash. This describes the feelings that come along with decreasing levels of Adderall in your body after developing tolerance. These are early symptoms of Adderall withdrawal.

The effects of Adderall withdrawal can make quitting Adderall difficult and can be eased by working with a physician or treatment center such as Resurgence. We help support you through the withdrawal period and help manage the effects under careful medical supervision.

Understanding Adderall Detox

Once someone develops a tolerance to Adderall, they may begin using higher doses and more frequent doses to find that same high they remember experiencing initially. Increasing the amount of Adderall taken to achieve a “high” puts you at risk for a more difficult withdrawal. This is a sign that addiction may be present.

Detox from Adderall withdrawal can involve any number of physical effects. Some of these are listed below:

  • Sleepiness and/or insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mental fogginess
  • Inability to concentration or focus thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Overeating

Withdrawal Symptoms of Adderall

Some of these symptoms can be frightening and can last for a prolonged period of time. The first effects of Adderall withdrawal tend to occur within hours or days and involve fatigue, depression, and sleepiness. The duration of withdrawal is related to the dose and length of time you have been using Adderall. The depressive effects and mental fogginess can last for days or weeks.

Due to the intensity of the Adderall crash, many users who desire to stop using Adderall find that they relapse to avoid experiencing these withdrawal symptoms. For a successful detox of Adderall, it is important to consult with a physician and ensure a supportive and safe environment, such as the caring environment we offer at Resurgence.

Effects and Abuse of Adderall

Adderall can produce feelings of hyper-alertness and increased energy. It may be abused by those seeking additional energy, such as athletes, students, and people working stressful jobs or long hours. It can have similar mental effects experienced by the use of cocaine. Adderall can mistakenly be seen as safe since it is available as a prescription.

In a study of 18 students who reported using stimulants to perform better in school, many believed they could control their usage. Those interviewed believed they could successfully manage their risk of use and were overconfident in their ability to use a stimulant in a way that worked for them without becoming addicted. The majority of those interviewed also reported usage and potential addiction issues to alcohol and cannabis.

Mental Illness and Adderall Addiction

In many people, abusing Adderall is a form of self-medicating to treat an underlying issue. Rather than getting healthy help, you may have tried using Adderall to cope with challenges or to feel more confident in dealing with another mental health issue. Treating both addiction and underlying issues at the same time has been proven to be more effective than treating each individual.

At Resurgence, we look for all causes of addiction and any underlying mental health issue. Improving coping skills and anxiety will give new tools for recovery and stability. Addiction is a universal problem. Even if things seem fine to outside observers, addiction can still be present. It happens in all families, all social and financial situations.

For additional information, read more here. Adderall addiction can happen by accident and denial may prevent awareness of the addiction for some period of time.

Treatment of Adderall Addiction

At Resurgence, we are familiar with Adderall withdrawal and the complicated mental health issues that may also be present. We are here to help unravel the confusing picture of addiction, withdrawal, and untreated mental health issues. If you or a loved one suffers from an addiction to Adderall, we are here to help with an integrated approach to healing and recovery.

We have 20 years of experience breaking the cycles of addiction and shame. Withdrawal from Adderall is a physical process, but recovery is the mental process of rebuilding your life.

Individualized Care at Resurgence

We will work with you to determine your individual goals of treatment and customize treatment to your needs. Adderall addiction requires a team approach, including safe medical detox, counseling, therapy, and inpatient treatment a transition to outpatient treatment. We are here to walk through this process with you.

Even if the situation appears hopeless or there is resistance to change, treatment can still be effective. Are you tired? Tired of bad news, tired of lies, tired of the process of keeping addiction going? We can help.

Get Help at Resurgence

Resurgence is available to answer questions or discuss options with you. We have a team of professionals who are dedicated to understanding and healing from addiction. We give hope back to those who are searching for recovery and stability.

Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.

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