Adderall Abuse and Addiction
When taking Adderall, over time one may become used to the normal doses being taken resulting in its effects not being as pronounced as prior to this. This may result in the user taking higher doses and/or taking the drug more frequently than before to try and achieve the effectiveness once attained. When this abuse happens it is highly possible that the person will develop a dependence on the drug potentially resulting in a full-blown addiction.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription amphetamine and belongs to the stimulant group of drugs and increases alertness and one’s ability to focus and pay attention to whatever activity it is they are doing. Adderall consists of a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. In both its instant release and extended release forms it is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) while its extended-release form is used to treat narcolepsy.
Signs of Adderall Abuse
With currently society’s focus on production and being productive more and more people have turned to using Adderall outside of the need for ADHD or narcolepsy treatment. Younger people, in particular, are using Adderall to aid in their education efforts resulting in more young people becoming addicted. When someone is abusing the drug they can display one or several of the below signs:
- Dry Mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Social withdrawal
- Weight Loss
Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal
Like most addictions, stopping the use of Adderall once you have become addicted to it can be difficult. The signs and symptoms of withdrawal can be harsh enough so that they prevent the user from wanting to go through with stopping just so they can avoid these symptoms.
Taking Adderall over long periods of time and/or abusing it can result in the following symptoms when you no longer use it with the withdrawal being more dangerous the more addicted you have become to it:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Suicidal Thoughts
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Adderall we are here to help.