What Is Adderall Addiction Treatment?
Adderall is an addictive stimulant with effects that are similar to methamphetamine also known as meth. It is most commonly prescribed to people that suffer from a sleep disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is an increasingly common behavioral disorder in which a person often has excess energy and difficulty remaining focused or on task.
Adderall works by altering certain natural chemicals in the brain to help increase concentration, help people stay on task longer, and manage behavioral issues associated with ADHD. Proper Adderall treatment can be very effective in treating ADHD.
Because of its effectiveness in increasing focus and attention, Adderall is often used in non-medical circumstances. In some cases, it is used in an unprescribed way by high school, and college students as a study aid for exams since an increase in focus can lead to better retention of information.
Identifying Adderall Addiction:
Adderall and other stimulants can produce a calming effect in the brain that allows the user to concentrate on intellectual activities. It helps create this calming effect by increasing the levels of dopamine, a chemical that is responsible for some of our feelings, in the brain.
According to the National Institutes of Health, dopamine affects how the brain decides whether a goal is worth the effort, in a sense, increasing focus. Dopamine is a special type of chemical called a neurotransmitter, which means it is a messenger for your brain. It takes certain feelings like happiness and comfort to and from the brain. It is what allows us to feel good and relaxed or for some people more excited.
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Many people may use Adderall without a prescription in an effort to increase productivity. This is because dopamine can help our brains calm down and focus more on tasks.
After an extended period of Adderall use, the brain stops producing dopamine on its own and relies on the stimulant as its sole source of dopamine, leading to a chemical dependency on the drug.
Do you think that you or a loved one may be showing signs of Adderall abuse?
Consult the following list of symptoms:
- General anxiety
- Digestive issues
- Diminished appetite and sex drive
- Dry mouth
- Headaches and irregular heartbeat
- Restlessness or insomnia
Prolonged Adderall abuse can also lead to a host of even more severe side effects, including:
- Aggression, paranoia, and manic behavior
- Chest pains increased blood pressure and other heart problems
- Increased body temperature
- Numbness, tingling, and weakness in the extremities
- Skin rash and blisters
- Changes in vision
What Are The Risks of Adderall Overdose? How Will I Know If I Overdose?
Like many other prescription medications, the body builds up a tolerance to Adderall over time. This means that a person may require increased doses of the drug to induce the desired effect. Long term drug abuse will always raise the risk of accidental overdose.
Often a person will stop taking Adderall for a period after building up a tolerance, then continue to take the same dosage when they resume. Since the body’s tolerance to the drug has lowered during this time, the high dosage will often lead to the serious effects of an overdose.
Some of these effects may include:
- Extreme anxiety or panic attacks
- Abnormal or irregular heart rate
- Coma or loss of consciousness
- Tremors and vertigo
- Severe confusion
Adderall and Alcohol, A Dangerous Combination:
Some people who use Adderall in an irresponsible way often drink alcohol as well for its sedative effects. The mixing of these two substances can present increased danger. Alcohol, on its own, has significant effects on the cardiovascular system, such as increased heart rate and blood pressure. These effects can be incredibly dangerous in the context of stimulant use.
Adderall, as a stimulant, can mask some of the depressive effects of alcohol leading to the person drinking more than intended. This may lead to an increased risk of alcohol poisoning. Some symptoms of alcohol poisoning may include:
- Pale skin
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slowed or irregular breathing
- Lowered body temperature or hypothermia
Adderall Withdrawal and Detox:
Because a person who uses Adderall regularly has trained their brain to accept the drug as its sole supplier of dopamine, the abrupt halt of Adderall ingestion can have some distinct and undesired consequences. Some symptoms of Adderall withdrawal may include:
- Depression, irritability, and other changes in mood
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Unusual, intense tiredness or fatigue
- Digestive issues including nausea, aches or cramping, and vomiting
It takes time for your brain to compensate for this lack of dopamine and return to normal and healthy function. How long this process takes depends on a number of different factors, including your individual brain chemistry, how long you’ve been taking the drug, drug dosage, and age. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the person.
How long does it take to get off Adderall?
Adderall withdrawal periods will vary from person to person. How long this process takes depends on a number of different factors, including individual brain chemistry, how long you’ve been taking the drug, drug dosage, and age. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the person.
Is it hard to get off Adderall?
Depending on the strength of your dose, getting off Adderall can be a difficult experience. As the brain learns to produce dopamine on its own again, withdrawal symptoms may include depression, irritability, trouble sleeping, and intense general fatigue. This may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
How can I reduce the neurotoxicity of Adderall?
The best and most effective way to reduce the neurotoxicity of Adderall is to only use the recommended dosage as prescribed by your healthcare professional. It is also important to never mix Adderall with alcohol, as this may induce serious cardiovascular issues.
Seek Treatment for Adderall Abuse with Swift River:
Entering a treatment program for Adderall abuse or addiction is the most effective way to overcome addiction and learn healthy coping skills for staying sober. Unlike some other treatments for substance abuse disorders, there is no medication-assisted treatment program for addiction to Adderall.
At Swift River, our treatment specialists understand the unique challenges each person faces as they begin their path toward recovery from addiction. Our individualized approach to treatment means that each patient’s treatment plan is tailored to meet their specific needs.
What we offer within our Swift River treatment programs:
- 24-hour supervision and support
- Individual counseling
- Trauma therapy
- Group therapy
- Skill-learning groups
- Yoga and dietitian services
- Expressive therapies
- Adventure therapy
To learn more about Adderall abuse and addiction treatment options at Swift Rivers, call us now at 844-906-0978.