Adderall Addiction


Addiction to any kind of drug is a terrible burden to bear; Adderall addiction is one of the most terrible of them all.

Adderall addiction is a growing concern in the United States; high school and college students are the most common users of this drug. Students abuse Adderall because they believe it helps them focus more and get more study done. 

Adderall acts as a stimulant for the CNS (Central Nervous System). It changes how the brain understands messages while speeding up the functionalities of the central nervous system. The brain’s neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine are mostly affected by the use of Adderall. 

Students are always tempted to use prescription drugs to help them study more. Due to the effectiveness of Adderall in achieving their goals, students abuse the drug. But taking stimulants without prescription from a health professional is dangerous and will most likely lead to addiction; which is terrible to your physical, mental, and financial well-being.

In this article, we will take a closer look at what Adderall is, how it affects the body, the symptoms of Adderall addiction, and finally, we will look at the recommended treatment method for Adderall addiction.

What is Adderall?

Adderall has become very popular in the United States. It is one of the most common prescription amphetamines and the number one medication for treating ADHD. People with ADHD say they feel energetic when they use the recommended Adderall prescription. 

These wonderful effects of the stimulant make it attractive to people who work long hours, party late, or students who want to study late in the night; maybe cramming for a test. 

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When taken as a prescription and in recommended doses, Adderall has no severe side effects, but when used without prescriptions from a medical professional, it is abused, leads to addiction, and can cause deadly side effects.  

Addys, Beans, or Black Beauties as it is known in the streets is a very potent stimulant that must be taken with caution as it can cause heart problems, mental issues, and other severe conditions that’s dangerous to the human body.

The effects of Adderall 

Adderall is a perfect medication for people with ADHD and Narcolepsy. When taken according to prescription, it produces the desired effect. When taken illegally, it can be dangerous, the user can quickly get addicted to the stimulant. We know the human body can quickly become tolerant to the drug. Most people have said they haven’t felt the same kind of high as the first time they took the drug. This makes people want to take more Adderall and feel very high, that’s when they overdose on it. 

The effects of getting high on Adderall include feeling euphoric, a burst of energy, and self-confidence. You also become more productive and feel you can achieve more and do more, that’s why it’s a popular drug among ravers and party poppers. 

The highness effect of Adderall usage is more noticeable when the user takes an immediate-release of the drug, the extended-release gives a lesser highness effect. This is why Adderall abusers snort the drugs to help them get higher and feel more impacts of the drug.  

However, the calm after the Adderall storm includes an anxious feeling, depression, and sometimes psychotic symptoms. It is a feeling that makes people addicted to the drug want to get more of it to escape these feelings. 

Dangers of abusing Adderall: Side Effects and Symptoms

The dangers of abusing Adderall include cardiovascular problems and even sudden death. Since the 2000s, the number of emergencies involving Adderall overdose has increased significantly. 

Adderall unlike other opioids like Meth, Cocaine, and Fentanyl isn’t taken in high dosage by most people to cause an overdose, but it has a lot of negative side effects. 

Some of the side effects include

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Convulsions 
  • Blurred vision
  • Fever
  • Swelling of the face, eyes or throat
  • Unrest 
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Nauseousness 
  • Trembling 
  • Constipation
  • Changes in sex drive

Most people who snort Adderall will have nasal issues which later develops into shortness of breath. 

The withdrawals symptoms for Adderall abusers include

  • Exhaustion 
  • Sleeplessness 
  • Panic attacks
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Extreme hunger
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts

Treatments for Adderall Addiction

There isn’t a laid down process involved in treating Adderall addiction. It is a gradual process of learning how to live without the drug. The first step involved is to manage the withdrawal symptoms; they can be severe. A qualified treatment center like ours can monitor and manage a person addicted to Adderall through detox and making sure the patient’s withdrawal symptoms are managed efficiently to prevent a relapse.