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    Brother Concerned About Sister’s Adderall Addiction

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    Brother Concerned About Sister’s Adderall Addiction

    Caller: 25-year old brother calling on behalf of his sister

    Problem: Adderall addiction

    Seeking: Intervention information with inpatient treatment program

    Reason(s): The brother is worried that his sister is struggling with an Adderall addiction, but is afraid to bring it up to his parents. According to him, his sister admits to taking Adderall for non-medical reasons, specifically because she enjoys the pleasurable sensations she receives from the drug. He said, “I started looking up Adderall online and I was extremely surprised that it acts on the same reward circuit that stuff like meth does. I know that some people might not look at it the same way but my sister is just not acting like herself. I do not want to tell my parents because I am unsure whether they would believe me or what they would do to her if they did believe it.” According to the brother, his sister did attempt to stop using the drug for a period. However, he said that the anxiety, extreme fatigue and depression that accompanied no longer using, ensured that his sister went back on the drug very quickly. He said, “I want to make sure that I know everything about getting her help. That I have information about places that can help her, maybe even have enough information to consider an intervention? I want to know everything I can do before I bring it up to my parents.”

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