Stimulants like Adderall increase wakefulness, motivation and aspects of cognitions, learning and memory. That’s why many people without medical need take Adderall to improve their mental performance.
Youth who misuse prescription medications, such as Adderall, are also more likely to report use of other drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.
Every year, thousands of young adults are sent to the emergency room for Adderall abuse and its dangerous side effects.
Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants poses risk for addiction, cardiovascular events and psychosis.
High doses of stimulants can results in dangerously high body temperature, irregular heartbeat, seizures and even heart failure.
Individuals who are addicted to Adderall will experience cravings and obsessions with Adderall and will have withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking the drug.
It is not recommended to stop Adderall suddenly or “cold turkey,” because you could experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Instead, you should wean off the drug slowly, preferably under medical supervision. Weaning or tapering off Adderall will take a few weeks to a few months. It is extremely important to have emotional support during the first month of stopping the drug, as this is when cravings are strongest, and 40-60 percent of relapses occur. Detoxing is never considered a complete form of treatment but should instead be part of a long-term treatment plan consisting of therapy and ongoing support.
For those with severe addictions to Adderall, or those who are struggling with more than one addiction, inpatient treatment may be recommended. Inpatient rehab usually lasts between 29 to 90 days. Inpatient rehab focuses on one-on-one counseling to address the issues influencing the individual’s addiction. Common therapies used for Adderall addiction include:
After completing an addiction treatment program, it’s important to continue your treatment to prevent relapse. Ongoing treatment can include a 12-step program such as narcotics anonymous, or individual therapy such as CBT