Commonly prescribed for ADHD, Adderall is intended for improving concentration and focus. As with Oxycodone, it’s a Schedule ll narcotic that is recognized as having effective salutary properties, albeit at the risk of abuse. You may not think much about addiction, especially if you’re in control of your child’s doses. However, it’s important to be aware of the increased dangers as your child enters college or the work force. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reported that 60% of non-prescription use and emergency room incidents involved the 18-25 year old age bracket. The following commonly asked questions tell you more about this drug’s appeal, how to recognize abuse, and how to help your loved one seek treatment for Adderall Addiction from NEATC.
Is Adderall a Stimulant?
Yes! Adderall, otherwise known as dextroamphetamine-amphetamine, elevates dopamine, the pleasure center of the brain. In addition to boosting physical and mental energy, it creates a euphoric state of mind.
What does Adderall Look Like?
Depending upon trade and generic name variations, Adderall is typically dispensed as:
- Round white, blue, peach, or orange tablets
- Oval blue, orange, or peach tablets
- Solid orange, blue, or orange and white colored capsules
- Capsules that are half orange, white or blue, and half clear to reveal contents
Is Adderall Addictive?
Unfortunately, Adderall is another drug for which a prescription is required, but not always obtained that way. As it works towards re-directing brain cells, it also increases the body’s tolerance, so the dosages become less effective in time. Meanwhile, the user may equate their confidence, stronger studying abilities, and better academic or professional performance with Adderall.
The pressure to succeed with fast-paced college and work schedules may result in dependency, or for those without prescription, the desire to find a substance to handle those demands. It then becomes crucial to the addict to achieve the high through any means possible, involving:
- Taking a stronger amount or for more times than prescribed
- Using or stealing someone’s prescription
- Snorting or injecting crushed tablets
- Buying it illegally
What are the Side Effects of Adderall?
Even under prescribed, normal use, Adderall may induce the common side effects of headaches, nausea with or without vomiting, and sleeping problems. Other results, which may at first be occasional or seem insignificant, can quickly become problematic, including:
- Digestive ailments
- Diminished appetite
- Extreme weight loss
- Frequent tremors
- Breathing problems
- Weak muscular movements and co-ordination
- Panic and anxiety attacks
- Mood swings, including depression
- Paranoia and hallucinations
- Extreme tiredness
- Skin rashes
- Slurred speech
- Sudden changes in vision
What are the Warning Signs of Adderall Addiction?
Any of the above symptoms may indicate a developing addiction. Risky behavior, a sense of immortality or invincibility, manic or violent behavior, poor hygiene, and changes in social circles are additional warning signs. The drug decreases self-awareness of drinking too much, so alcohol poisoning is a serious health risk, as well as polydrug use, or relying on other medications to treat Adderall’s side effects.
What is the Best Way to Help Someone with Adderall Addiction?
It’s emotionally devastating to realize that your son or daughter needs help, and of course instinctive to want to take charge of the situation. Yet it’s better to involve NEATC’s trained, certified personnel, rather than a DIY intervention, because of the addict’s unpredictable reactions, and refusal to admit a problem. From the start of withdrawal to the last part of aftercare, you need a structured treatment plan that handles every aspect of the substance abuse and any co-occurring disorders.
Discuss your concerns with us today, so we can help you with outpatient therapy for Adderall addiction.