Many people are interested in learning more about Adderall because it’s been around for a long time in one form or another. In fact, it’s even available by prescription to individuals with certain learning disorders and other types of conditions. But what is interesting about Adderall is that it’s also a drug that has a high potential for abuse.
There are plenty of people who benefit from the medication, but, unfortunately, there are also people who become addicted to Adderall and many drugs that are very similar. Anyone who knows someone with an Adderall addiction or has one themselves should learn more about Adderall and what its potential abuse entails.
What Is Adderall?
Adderall is a name-brand drug that’s a stimulant. This drug is often used to treat ADHD and can sometimes be used to treat narcolepsy, although it’s much less commonly used for the second purpose. In terms of the exact drugs that are used to make Adderall, more specifically, it’s composed of amphetamines, which are a type of stimulant, and a type of drug called dextroamphetamine.
This type of stimulant increases the activity of certain types of neurotransmitters, including norepinephrine and dopamine. One of the reasons that Adderall is fairly widely available is because the drug is widely used with ADHD, so it’s fairly easy for people to abuse their prescriptions.
Adderall is also a drug that came out after Ritalin had been on the market for several years. In fact, Adderall came out in 1996, but it was also a precursor to Vyvanse, which came out in 2007 and comprises lisdexamfetamine dimesylate. It’s also a precursor to Concerta, which is a methylphenidate.
The Drug That Improves Cognitive Functioning in the Workplace and School
Because Adderall is a stimulant, one of its known effects is increasing alertness and the user’s ability to focus for long periods of time. And because many students in college are looking for a competitive advantage, Adderall is commonly abused to help as a study aid. Similarly, Adderall can be used in the workplace to put in longer hours and get a competitive edge on colleagues or catch up on work tasks.
About one in six students reported having used Adderall and other cognitive-enhancing drugs to help with studying in 2015. And in 2018, about one in 75 workplace employees tested positive for amphetamines via a urine test.
The Risks Associated With Abusing Adderall and Other Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs
Adderall is a drug that makes many people who don’t have ADHD feel good, but for most people who have ADHD, it helps them focus without a significant boost in mood. Those who take Adderall or other ADHD medications for the “good feelings” rather than a medical reason are more likely to develop an addiction to the drug than those who take it to treat a certain condition.
Unfortunately, even though people who don’t have ADHD get a cognitive boost from taking stimulant drugs, there are many negative consequences to taking Adderall and similar types of medication. Some of them might be merely uncomfortable in the short term, but some of them can have serious health consequences over the long term.
Some of the most common side effects of using Adderall and other stimulant drugs include higher blood pressure and heart rate, faster breathing, heavy sweating, restlessness, anxiety, depression, confusion, tremors, panic attacks, and even seizures.
Adderall abuse is also widespread in the working class, and there’s an increased likelihood of overdose. In fact, in 2016, a study came out that pointed toward an increase of 67% of Adderall abuse by adults from 2006 to 2011. Furthermore, emergency room visits that involved Adderall in some way went up by 155%.
There are many reasons beyond the desire to replicate euphoria that Adderall and similar drugs are so easy to abuse and even become addicted to. For instance, people who use Adderall for long periods of time often have more difficulties sleeping, which makes them even more likely to take more Adderall to regain mental clarity that they’re missing from lack of sleep. And the more someone takes Adderall, the more tolerant their body becomes to it, causing people to increase the amount that they take. Some of the most potentially devastating long-term consequences of taking cognitive-boosting drugs include myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, psychosis, or sudden death.
Why Get Medical Detox
One of the quickest and safest ways to detox from Adderall is to go into a medical center where you can be monitored. While it’s possible to detox on your own, depending on the amount of time that you were taking Adderall and the amount that was in the doses, it can take up to three weeks, and the symptoms of withdrawal can be pretty severe.
Some of the most common symptoms of withdrawal from Adderall include insomnia, headaches, sleeping too much, achiness, depression, fatigue, nightmares, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. These symptoms can last for as short as a few days to as long as a few weeks.
With the presence of many of the symptoms and the length of withdrawal time, it’s understandable why many people struggle with quitting after they’ve become addicted. This is also the reason that many people need a quality rehab center that can take them through the process of learning more about the detox process and how they can stay away from Adderall and other cognitive-enhancing drugs for the long haul.
When someone enters into a medical detox program, they’ll have access to the tools that they’ll need to withdraw from drugs with less temptation to go back to the chosen drug when they’re most vulnerable and are feeling the full effects of withdrawal. And because withdrawal symptoms can last for so long when someone is in the midst of detoxing from Adderall and other amphetamines, it can take a long time before the person is able to make the decision that they no longer need these types of drugs.
What People Can Expect When They Undergo Medical Detox
There are a lot of symptoms associated with going through detox, and, unfortunately, even medical detox can’t take those symptoms away. Some of the symptoms that many people will have include nausea, insomnia, irritability, headaches, chills, aches and pains, cravings, seizures, vomiting, lightheadedness, difficulties concentrating, and sweating.
There isn’t a drug that can temporarily replace Adderall to completely avoid withdrawal symptoms, but slowly tapering off the drug can make it more tolerable. While we can’t help you bypass all of these symptoms, there are some things that we can do to make your experience as safe as possible during medical detox. One thing that we always do is make sure that people aren’t able to relapse immediately by checking clothing for drugs. We further ensure people’s safety by closely monitoring their detox and providing medication if needed.
Where to Go for Treatment for Adderall Addiction
Anyone who is currently struggling with an Adderall abuse problem or addiction should look to find help that is multi-faceted and offers plenty of options throughout the patient’s road to recovery. At Granite Recovery Centers, you or your loved one will have access to individual and group therapy sessions, medical detox, overnight programs, and more.
At Granite Recovery Centers, we also have certain steps that we go through during the medical detox portion of treatment that anyone who is thinking about undergoing treatment with us should know about. Mainly, one of the first things that anyone going through this treatment program will undergo is a sub-acute medical detox in which their status is monitored 24 hours until they have completely rid themselves of the drug. Once a person has undergone this initial 24 hours, they will be assessed. If their body has not completely detoxed, they will continue to wait for their body to rid itself of the drugs. Once they’re completely done with the detox portion of treatment, they’ll move onto the rehab stage.
To further elaborate on what defines sub-acute care, you have to understand the different levels of addiction and the risk of detox. Whenever someone detoxes, it’s stressful on the body. Some people need hospital-level resources, which are offered at a Level IV treatment center that provides acute care. Some people only need sub-acute treatment because their risks of having stressors that are dangerous are low. At Granite Recovery Centers, we oversee a sub-acute center rated at a 3.7. Our facility is able to handle patients who have a high to manageable risk of withdrawal symptoms.
People with these types of symptoms will have great difficulties controlling their substance use, and they’re likely to have low interest in detox and will need motivational strategies. Additionally, people who need a sub-acute detox program, like the kind that Granite Recovery Centers offers, will also need 24-hour monitoring during their detox phase. Finally, they’ll also need a 24-hour structured center during the rehab portion of treatment.
Granite Recovery Centers also uses an evidence-based approach to treatment, meaning that we focus on using a 12-step program that strives for long-term recovery from addictions. Evidence-based programs have also undergone some testing and meet certain standards. They have been subjected to scientific testing to determine that the programs actually work. Evidence-based programs are also psycho-therapeutic treatments that are approved by The National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Our treatment program also includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, trauma therapy, and grief and loss therapy.
There are also aftercare programs available for people who are needing more structure even after they’ve gone through detox and inpatient treatment. In an aftercare program, a person will be able to have continued support even if they’re no longer living in the inpatient program. It’s common for people with drug addictions to need these types of programs, and they can be helpful for a wide range of people.
At Granite Recovery Centers, we also have extended care houses that are designed to help people who need the support of living in a structured environment after they’ve already received the initial care. In this type of program, they’ll be reintroduced to normal activities like chores, exercise, process groups, goal setting, and more.
Anyone who is interested in getting medical detox and rehab, either for themselves or for a loved one, should contact Granite Recovery Centers to learn more about their options. Someone from our center will be able to determine if we are the right option for you or your loved one. While Adderall addiction can be a challenge to overcome, there are some great treatment options available at Granite Recovery Centers.