Primarily used to treat ADHD as well as narcolepsy, it acts as a stimulant for the central nervous system and has an effect on the brain’s chemicals and nerves that cause hyperactivity as well as a person’s ability to control his or her impulses. It is a dangerously powerful narcotic that is extremely addictive.
Once there is an addiction, the first step is a complete physical detoxification. This stops the consumption and purges the system of the substance. Unfortunately, there are often several unpleasant withdrawal symptoms which include depression, fatigue, headaches, agitation, shakiness, anxiety and difficulty sleeping.
Inpatient rehabilitation is best, as facilities are most familiar and have the medical staff to treat this type of addiction. Plus, it keeps the individual away from outside influences and isolates them from anything that may hinder the recovery process.
Not all centers are able to successfully treat a prescription addiction, so be sure to understand your options
No matter how good the treatment program is, an addict must be fully committed to the recovery process and have the support of friends and family both before and after recovery for there to be lasting success. While the cost of Adderall rehab may be high, it will cost more in the long run if the addiction is not taken seriously and left untreated.
There are a long list of possible side effects, some far more serious than others.
The most common but less serious are:
More serious side effects are:
According to recent surveys, full-time college students are twice as likely to suffer from Adderall abuse compared with others their age. It is referred to as “Ivy League crack”, “smart pills”, “study drug” or “academic doping” due to it increasing attention and focus. High school students are also abusing the drug to excel in their studies.
Almost all of the college students who abuse Adderall are also binge drinkers (half of them heavy drinkers) and more likely to abuse other drugs. Statistically, they are three times more likely to smoke marijuana, eight times more likely to abuse tranquilizers and five times more likely to abuse pain medications per the National Institutes of Health.
Many medications do not mix well with Adderall. Be sure to verify drug interactions to confirm no potential adverse reactions when introducing or changing any prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Some people may experience an allergic reaction to the prescription in which case hives, swollen lips, tongue or throat, and difficulty breathing are likely to occur. If this does happen, seek immediate medical attention.