What is Adderall?

An Addictive Controlled Substance

Adderall is an amphetamine that is classified as a schedule II drug which means that it has a high potential for abuse, dependency, and addiction. Adderall is a prescription drug that is prescribed to those who have ADHD  and works by boosting the dopamine levels which, in turn, allow the individual to become more alert and have a longer attention span.

Adderall has become a highly-abused substance, especially in college students, as it has a similar high to cocaine. When the drug is not taken as prescribed or an individual who does not require the medication uses it, it lessens blood flow which can result in feeling ‘high’ and energize. While Adderall is a controlled substance that can only be obtained through a doctors prescription, there are still negative side effects that can ensue even when taken as prescribed.

Some of the common side effects of Adderall are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Restlessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Feeling agitated and irritable

Effects of Adderall Abuse

Complications surrounding the abuse of Adderall are very serious and can be potentially life-threatening. The drug has become a sought-after recreational drug due to its euphoric effects which mimic those of illicit drugs. Unfortunately, many individuals who are prescribed Adderall sell the capsules on the black market in an effort to make money while also providing invidiously with a controlled and desired substance.

If you are not prescribed Adderall for medicinal purposes, there are very serious side effects that can occur. Some of the effects of Adderall abuse are:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • High blood pressure
  • Extremities going numb
  • Tremors
  • Changes in mood

There are growing concerns surrounding the prescription of Adderall due to its intense side effects and high potential for abuse. In fact, in some countries such as Japan, the prescription of Adderall is prohibited completely.

Dangerous Interactions

Serious interactions can occur when an individual is taking Adderall with other substances. Alcohol is the main substance that has serious negative interactions when consumed while an individual is on Adderall. Since Adderall works to conceal the intoxication level of the individual, it is much easier to consume far more alcohol than what would normally be consumed without having taken Adderall. This can be extremely dangerous as the individual is unaware of how inebriated they really are.

Not knowing your blood alcohol level can mean that you will not make sound decisions which can result in a dangerous lifestyle. Getting behind the wheel after substance interactions are very dangerous and can be life-threatening.

Long-Term Consequences of Drug Abuse

There are numerous side effects of prolonged Adderall abuse. Some of the long-term consequences of extended Adderall abuse are:

  • Unpredictable behavior
  • Psychological disorders
  • Malnutrition
  • Risk of heart attack
  • High blood pressure

If you or someone close to you is abusing Adderall, treatment can help. The continued use of the drug can put your health at risk and may even create more health consequences as a result. During treatment, a period of medical detox may be required in order to safely wean the individual off of the substance of abuse. This is to ensure that they do not experience intense withdrawal symptoms as they would if they went ‘cold turkey’.

Sources:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2007/011522s040lbl.pdf

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-stimulants

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.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.