Many people assume that prescription drugs are safe and cannot be dangerous even when used in ways other than prescribed. However, the prevalence of issues such as Adderall addiction and other prescription drug addictions proves otherwise. Adderall addiction is an issue that is on the rise in the United States. Most people do not know how to recognize the signs of Adderall addiction in themselves or others, leaving many people who have an Adderall addiction feeling as if they are alone in their struggles. Call drug rehab Hollywood FL today at (954) 239-2548 for help with locating treatment services.
Adderall is a prescription drug that is considered to be a stimulant. This drug is designed to excite or stimulate the nervous system or brain to perform certain actions. A common side effect of stimulants is that the person has more energy. This medication is used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as it stimulates the brain to action and increases focus, attention and concentration. This medication is made up of two prescription stimulants. Those are amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. In addition to treating ADHD, Adderall is also sometimes used to treat seizures or seizure disorders.
Adderall has become so popular, in part, due to its ready availability. More and more people are diagnosed with ADHD and are prescribed with Adderall every year making it easy to attain the drug. People who are prescribed the drug will often forgo use and sell it, or abuse the drug themselves. Many illicit drug dealers also sell Adderall that they have obtained through such means and they sell it for relatively low prices ($6 to $10 each) compared to other illicit stimulants.
Adderall is particularly popular among college students who feel overwhelmed by the amount of studying and work they have to do (on top of busy social lives). They will use the drug as a form of study aid or in addition to caffeine and other stimulants to be able to study and do schoolwork for longer periods of time with more concentration, focus, and to improve memory and retention. However, this can quickly spiral into dependence and addiction, particularly when used frequently and in combination with other drugs.
Adderall is so addictive due to chemical reactions it causes in the brain when it enters the system. In the prescribed doses and for the purposes it was intended, this drug stimulates the release of just enough dopamine in the brain to increase focus and concentration in patients with ADHD.
However, when abused in high amounts and great frequency, the flood of dopamine can incite a state of euphoria as well as have other potent effects on the brain. The brain begins to recognize that it will get a signal from the drug regularly to release dopamine, and therefore, stops releasing dopamine without the drug's instruction to do so. When this happens, a person has formed a physical addiction (also known as a chemical dependence).
How Is It Used and Abused?
Adderall is prescribed in pill form. Some people who abuse Adderall continue to use it in pill form and simply take more pills than recommended. However, others may crush the pills and snort them. This can lead to serious medical complications including toxic shock and severe respiratory problems as the particles when inhaled can severely damage the lung tissue.
What Are The Signs Of Abuse?
Adderall addiction is first treated with a detox program. Medical detox is the safest and surest way to get the drug out of a person's body. Medical detox is overseen by doctors who can treat withdrawal symptoms and prevent medical emergencies due to some of those potential symptoms. They can also be sure that the recovering addict does not relapse and resume Adderall abuse during the detox process. Additionally individual and/or group therapy can help a recovering addict to deal with the issues that led them to abuse Adderall in the first place so that they do not go back to abusing drugs when they are done with treatment.
Adderall addiction is a serious problem that can lead to major health consequences and may even lead a person to form addictions to other substances. As such, if you feel you have an addiction to Adderall, you can contact drug rehab Hollywood FL at (954) 239-2548 for help with locating treatment services.