Adderall is a common name in households across America. A combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine it is most prescribed for attention deficit disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Adderall helps those with ADD or ADHD by assisting them in concentrating and decreasing hyperactivity. Those with narcolepsy are treated to decrease their impromptu sleeping sessions. Unfortunately, Adderall is also well known for its non-medical use, particularly amongst college students needing to retain a lot of information in a short time. The drug helps students focus and stay awake. Students often snort, swallow or smoke it. SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that 6% of college students ages 18-22 reported having used Adderall, and of those students, almost 90% of students also reported binge drinking or other narcotic use.
Adderall is addictive and even the most minimal recreational uses can result in addictive forming behavior. Signs of Adderall addiction include rashes, insomnia, and hyperactivity. Addiction usually occurs after long use or too high of dosages. A very common indicator of addiction is what is called “doctor shopping.” This involves having several doctors prescribe you Adderall at the same time. If you or a loved one thinks that you have an issue with Adderall, you are not alone. There are many treatment options available to suit your needs.
If you are confident that you can overcome Adderall addiction on your own and are dedicated to succeeding, there are several things that you can start doing. If these do not work do not become disheartened. The road to recovering from addiction is often marked with relapses and disappointment. The only way you will be able to succeed is by continuing believing in yourself.
- Get rid of your supply and make sure that any pills you may have hidden away are not available.
- Prepare yourself for the withdrawal symptoms, which often include fatigue, depression, cravings and irregular heartbeats.
- Get support. Find a group or an individual that is willing to help you through the process of rehabilitation by lending a listening ear or distracting you with positive alternative activities. Being able to share with someone who is also experiencing a similar situation can help you and them continue with the recovery.
- Stay positive. Miracles do not happen overnight. This will be a timely process, but you can do it. If you relapse, reflect on why you relapsed and how you can avoid certain triggers the next time. Celebrate small goals that are obtained throughout recovery. For example, go take that skydiving course you wanted to take after a week without Adderall.
If after making several attempts at self-recovery and you feel like you need additional support, a treatment facility is also a viable option. Treatment centers often provide month long programs that assist in physical detox along with psychological support. Generally the body is tapered off the medicines to decrease the amount of withdrawal symptoms. Therapy and support groups are introduced to understand why the need for Adderall occurs and how to develop healthy habits to decrease your need and reliance on substances.
Remember that the road to addiction recovery is not easy, but by recognizing that there is a problem and researching what you can, you are taking the next step to living a healthy and full life.