An Increasing Number of Individuals are Addicted to Adderall
What is Adderall? Adderall is a stimulant drug that is considered a ‘combination drug’ which stimulates the central nervous system and is commonly prescribed to those who suffer from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Adderall is classified as a Schedule IIN drug which means it has a high potential for abuse. Once Adderall is taken, it increases the attention span of the individual, allowing them to stay focused and in control of their behavior.
An increasing number of college students are reported to be abusing Adderall for its positive effects on their ability to study and complete assignments on time. Since the drug increases attention span, many college students take the drug in order to perform better on their school work. This is very dangerous as many of the students who take the drug are often not even prescribed it; they purchase it off of a friend who has a prescription to it.
Although it is not the most commonly abused drug or drug that is highly addictive, individuals can still struggle with an addiction or dependency on it.
An Addiction to Adderall
If you are an individual who chronically uses Adderall daily and has built up a high tolerance for it, you may be struggling with an addiction. The frequent use and abuse of Adderall, among countless other drugs, can very well result in a full-on addiction.
Those who are addicted to Adderall will go to extreme measures in order to obtain the drug, even if it means stealing or lying to a doctor about their symptoms in order to get their hands on it. If you are not a good candidate for Adderall yet you take it, there can be detrimental effects on your health.
Mixing Adderall with other drugs can also be a recipe for trouble. Since the drug already comes with its fair share of side effects, mixing other psychoactive drugs can be extremely hazardous to your health. This can also increase the chances of the individual becoming addicted to Adderall since the high that they experience when they mix drugs together can be addictive.
Stress and Mental Health
Adderall can be a coping mechanism for those who have high-stress levels. Since the drug can lessen the feelings of stress, individuals begin to use it at increasing levels in order to manage their stress. If an individual suffers from a mental health disorder, they may also begin to abuse Adderall as a means of dealing with their disorder.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Adderall, treatment programs are available. If you suffer from a mental health disorder and taking more than the recommended prescribed dose of Adderall, you may require dual diagnosis treatment. This type of treatment will work to treat both the underlying mental health disorder as well as the addiction. If you or someone close to you notices that your behavior is altered when under the influence of Adderall, you may not be a good candidate for the drug. It’s best to set up an appointment with your doctor in order to re-assess the drug and its effects on you.
If you experience withdrawal symptoms when you do not take Adderall, you may have a dependency issue. It’s important that you seek help for your drug abuse issues before they spiral out of control. Help is available for you.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.