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    Adderall Addiction

    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.

    One of the most serious and all too common side effects of this drug is its propensity for being abused. Adderall abuse is seen not only in people with legitimate prescriptions, but also in others who either share or steal pills.

    Its highly addictive nature is due to being an amphetamine. After continual use, many become physically dependent. The body builds a tolerance which then requires higher doses and/or switching to different, more potent narcotics to produce similar stimulant effects.

    Physical detoxification

    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

    More drugs is not the solution

    When a person is being treated for any addiction it is very important that more drugs are not prescribed as a permanent solution. This only compounds the situation by taking a person off of one addictive substance and prescribing another potentially equally habit-forming medication. The goal of any quality drug rehab program should be to get the person completely drug-free.

    Key to successful recovery

    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.

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    • Strong cravings of needing to continue taking the medication.
    • Feeling anxious when the prescription is running low.
    • Frequently running out of their prescription.
    • Withdrawal symptoms once the drug is no longer being taken.
    • Taking risks in an attempt to get more pills.
    • Problems functioning when the drug is no longer being taken.

    There are a long list of possible side effects, some far more serious than others.

    The most common but less serious are:

    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Insomnia
    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Dry mouth
    • Loss of appetite
    • Weight loss
    • Lack of sexual interest

    More serious side effects are:

    • Rapid or erratic heartbeat
    • Lightheadedness
    • Blurred vision
    • Chest pain
    • Severe headache
    • Tremors
    • Hallucinations or odd behavior
    • Stunted growth in children
    • Twitching muscles

    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.

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