Addicted to Adderall

Far too many people are willing to abuse any substance if it will get them high, and this is part of the reason behind the high number of individuals addicted to Adderall.

Adderall is an addictive prescription stimulant used to control ADHD and sleep disturbances.  It has some of the same effects as cocaine.  Regardless of its benefits, Adderall is an amphetamine that is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance.  This classification means that the drug carries a high risk for abuse or addiction.

As with many other prescription stimulants, Adderall abuse will result in feelings of euphoria.  Also, it is often abused to help a person lose weight because of its appetite suppressant qualities.  Additionally, one of the most desired effects of Adderall abuse is that it helps users “feel good”.

Habitual abuse of Adderall will result in increased tolerance levels, leaving the user unable to function without it.

What Causes Someone to Become Addicted to Adderall?

Adderall works in the brain to increase dopamine production.  This unnatural level of dopamine causes the “feel good” effect as a reward, causing the user to want more of the good feeling.

Some of the most noticeable effects of Adderall abuse include:

  • Increased confidence
  • Euphoria
  • Increased concentration
  • Suppressed appetite
  • A boost in mental or physical performance

Usually, a person has no intention of becoming addicted to Adderall.  However, after finding that it helps them get through a stressful day or to study for exams, they rely on it more and more until addiction develops.  Some people go so far as to fake ADHD symptoms to obtain a prescription of their own for the drug.

How to Spot Adderall Addiction

Many people use Adderall to stimulate alertness and productivity.  When the drug is withheld, they feel out-of-sorts, fatigued, and foggy-headed.  Other withdrawal signs indicate Adderall dependence or addiction such as:

  • Continuing to use the drug despite knowledge of the dangers
  • Unable to complete tasks if not using the drug
  • Needs larger doses to feel the desired effects
  • Inability to feel alertness if the drug is withheld
  • Spends a lot of money on obtaining more of the drug

Of course, each person reacts differently to Adderall addiction.  Some of the warning signs above may not apply in every instance.  However, if a person is dependent on the drug, he or she will experience some of the above when Adderall is withheld.

It is possible to overdose on Adderall.  As with any other addictive drug, Adderall overdose will result in uncomfortable or dangerous symptoms.  For instance, a person who is suffering an overdose will display the following symptoms:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Shaking
  • Fainting

Of course, many of these symptoms are intensified if Adderall is combined with other drugs or alcohol.

Adderall on College Campuses

College students use Adderall to keep them awake during exams.  They rely on it to keep them alert so they can study all night.  Studies show that as many as 60% of these kids obtain the drug from friends, family members, or other students.  Only about 14% of them obtain Adderall from street dealers.

Non-medical users of Adderall in college are also:

  • Likely to have used marijuana in the past year
  • More liable to have used cocaine or tranquilizers
  • Five times more likely to have used painkillers non-medically
  • More than 90% are more likely to be binge drinkers
  • More than 50% are more likely to be heavy drinkers

If you suspect a friend or loved one of being addicted to Adderall, don’t hesitate to call us now to find out where to seek help.

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