Adderall is a prescription drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Unfortunately, some people don’t use it as prescribed or use it for a recreational high. Adderall is often referred to as a study drug because adolescents in high school and college sometimes use it to stay awake for study sessions. Keep reading below to learn more about this drug and the signs of Adderall addiction. Once you recognize these signs, it’s time to seek out addiction treatment programs that can help.
About Adderall Addiction
Adderall offers a number of benefits to those who use it outside of its prescribed purposes. It helps users to feel focused, awake, and alert. It can even provide some users with a sense of euphoria and an increased sense of self-confidence. Another side effect of Adderall is a decrease in appetite, which appeals to those who want to lose weight.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to build a tolerance to Adderall. This means you’ll need to take more of the drug in order to gain the same benefits you did when you first started taking it. Withdrawal can occur when Adderall use stops.
Signs of Adderall Addiction
Adderall addiction symptoms are numerous and varied. They present in a number of ways. Behavioral, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms can be caused by addiction to Adderall and withdrawal from the medication.
Work or school performance may suffer, along with no longer wishing to participate in activities once enjoyed. Rapid speech and repetitive movements also can be signs of Adderall addiction. In addition, look for physical signs like insomnia, reduced appetite, weight loss, dilated pupils, nausea, and vomiting, among others. You may notice other Adderall addiction symptoms such as impaired judgment, confusion, anxiety, agitation, lack of emotion, or anger.
Adderall addiction can lead to a number of very serious effects on your health, relationships, and work or school performance. Turning to risky or illegal activities to obtain the drug can occur. Adderall abuse can also change your overall temperament, putting a strain on close relationships. Finally, some incredibly dangerous health effects can occur, including irregular heartbeat, seizures, malnutrition, high blood pressure, and cardiac arrest.
How The Right Step Hill Country Can Help
Professional San Antonio substance abuse treatment programs like The Right Step Hill Country can help if you believe you or a loved one may be exhibiting signs of Adderall addiction. Overcoming dependency on your own can be difficult, even impossible. A quality addiction treatment center can provide you with the resources and support you need.
Highlights of our program include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Now that you understand the seriousness and the signs of Adderall addiction don’t hesitate to reach out for support. You don’t have to face this difficult time alone. The next right time to change is now. We welcome you to contact The Right Step Hill Country at 1.844.675.1628 to learn more about our program or to schedule a consultation.