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Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction is a dangerous condition we can help with.

ADDERALL ADDICTION & TREATMENT

Adderall is a stimulant prescribed by doctors to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, depression, and chronic fatigue. The drug is also taken illegally for recreational purposes. Adderall, an amphetamine, is highly addictive and the withdrawal process is difficult for someone who has built a dependence to the drug. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we can help.

The Smart Drug

Adderall is known as the “study drug” because it is favored by students for its stimulating effect. The drug can help improve academic performance, as students are able to focus more deeply for long periods of time, allowing them to cram a lot of work into a short period of time. Adderall is also taken to ‘get high’, since it is known to improve mood.

Withdrawal from Adderall

Adderall is an incredibly addictive drug and individuals who take it for prolonged periods of time will grow dependent on it. As a result, if they try to stop taking the drug, they will go through a difficult withdrawal process. Folks who have been prescribed Adderall will have assistance from their prescribing doctor, who will prescribe them a lower dose of the drug to wean them off, minimizing withdrawal symptoms. However, individuals who took the drug illegally or abused their prescriptions may need treatment. It is important to get professional help to Detox, like the programs we offer at Resurgence. Going it alone can cause an extremely uncomfortable crash, particularity if you stop suddenly. This crash is characterized by mood swings, depression, difficulties with focus, and fatigue.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Adderall withdrawal symptoms can include, but are not necessarily limited to, increased appetite, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, trembling, impaired social functioning, anxiety, foul mood, unusual sleep patterns, strange dreams, physical and mental fatigue, depression, and suicidal ideation.

What Determines Withdrawal Severity?

Many different factors impact the severity and intensity of Adderall withdrawal.  Treatment at the Detox level at Resurgence can help ease the withdrawal symptoms, but the following major factors will determine how difficult the withdrawal process will be:

Duration of Use

How long a period of time did the user take Adderall?  A short-term user, someone who only took Adderall for a few months, is going to have less severe symptoms than an individual who took the drug for many years.  The longer the drug is taken, the greater dependence the user will develop.  The longer the drug is taken, the more difficult withdrawal is going to be.

Frequency of Use

How often each day did the user take Adderall?  If a patient follows prescription directions, they will be on a reasonable dose, and their doctor will prescribe them a schedule to wean them off of the drug.  If an individual takes the drug recreationally and uses multiple times each day, the withdrawal process will be more difficult.  The greater proportion of the day an individual has Adderall in their system, the more difficult withdrawal will be.

The Subtype

There are two varieties of Adderall, the XR (extended release) and the IR (immediate release).  The IR version is thought to be less debilitating when taken as prescribed because the drug is in the body for a shorter period, meaning the user has longer periods of time without any Adderall in their system.  The XR version releases slowly into the body, meaning the user spends a greater amount of time with the drug in their system, thus they may develop a greater dependence.

Tolerance

Adderall is an amphetamine, and like with all amphetamines, a user will build a tolerance to the drug very quickly.  Initially, only a small dose of the drug will result in a great stimulating effect.  If the user is it taking simply for the high, they will, over time, need to take larger and larger doses just to get the same stimulating effect.  As a result their overall tolerance will be far greater and their withdrawal symptoms will be much more severe.

Why Inpatient Care May Be Best

A major reason inpatient care is helpful is that it allows the user to get away from the setting where they use the drug.  By being in a setting with no access to the drug, it can provide the user the environment to remain sober while they go through the withdrawal process.  Another reason inpatient care is helpful is that the user will have access to a support structure, like ours at Resurgence.  Both our treatment team and other people going through treatment will be present, so going through withdrawal won’t feel lonely.

Getting Help

Treatment at Resurgence will not only help you get sober, but it will teach you the skills to move forward without continuing to abuse the drug.  We’ll provide you the opportunity to become mindful of why you ever began abusing Adderall, and with this mindfulness, you can become empowered to make lasting changes and to live a healthier life.  If you or a loved one are suffering from Adderall addiction, call us at the number below.

 

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