Despite the fact that Adderall is most commonly used to treat conditions like ADHD and millions of Americans benefit from it, the stimulant is also highly abused by adolescents and adults alike. Individuals can become addicted to all kinds of drugs, including prescription medications. If you or someone you care about has an Adderall addiction and wants to recover, you can turn to our compassionate team at Chattanooga Recovery Center for support. We provide comprehensive drug addiction treatment throughout Tennessee and treat all our patients on a case-by-case basis because we know everyone’s situation is unique. We take prescription medication addictions as seriously as addictions to other illicit substances.
Contact our office today online or call (423) 226-5331 if you’re seeking quality addiction treatment in Tennessee. We’re proud to offer a range of programs, from IOP and PHP to night outpatient treatment.
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we walk alongside you as you work to overcome your addiction to live a sober life.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is perhaps the most well-known prescription stimulant. Stimulants describe a class of drugs that act on the central nervous system (CNS) to increase the levels of dopamine produced in the brain, which speeds up mental and physical processes. As a result, individuals who take stimulants will find themselves with increased energy and focus.
Because of its energy-giving capabilities, Adderall is most commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects a person’s ability to focus. It also can effectively treat narcolepsy. However, countless people abuse Adderall because of its other pleasant side effects like euphoria, confidence, and suppressed appetite.
Adderall is most commonly abused for the following reasons:
- Studying: Adderall is the second most commonly abused illicit substance in colleges across the United States because students have increasingly relied on the drug to help them focus on their studies, whether it’s to increase their focus or keep themselves awake to cram for tests. High school students are known to abuse Adderall, too, especially because of the pressure to perform well and test into good colleges.
- Athletic performance: Amateur and professional athletes alike have abused Adderall to maintain focus for long periods of time and build mental endurance. The drug has been banned by virtually every sports organization as a result, from the NFL to MLB.
- Weight loss: Adderall commonly suppresses appetite, which is why the drug is popular among those struggling with eating disorders. These individuals will require dual diagnosis treatment to address both their addiction and mental disorder.
Signs of Adderall Addiction
Like other drug addictions, Adderall addiction can develop with continued use and after tolerance has set in. Individuals will need to take more Adderall to feel the desired effects once their body has adapted to the drug, and at some point, they’ll be unable to cope when they’re not using.
Using Adderall will become a main priority and the individual will likely do whatever it takes to obtain more of it, resulting in a range of behaviors. This is why it’s important to know the behavioral signs of Adderall addiction, as it might not always be obvious whether someone is on the drug.
Common signs of Adderall addiction include:
- Doctor shopping: Individuals with Adderall addictions may attempt to see multiple doctors to acquire additional prescriptions, which is known as “doctor shopping.”
- Combining Adderall with other drugs: People with drug addictions will often combine their drug of choice with other drugs to enhance the effects, which can lead to an overdose. People with Adderall addictions commonly combine the drug with cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol.
- Continuing abuse even when it’s causing problems: People with addictions will often realize when their problem is negatively impacting their lives, but they’re physically unable to quit on their own. If you’ve lost your job or been kicked out of school or your relationships have suffered because of Adderall but it feels impossible to quit, you may have an addiction.
Individuals with Adderall addictions will also experience withdrawal symptoms when they’re not using Adderall, such as headaches, nausea and vomiting, uncontrollable shaking, and diarrhea.
Long Term Effects of Adderall Addiction
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of concentration
Call Us to Make Your Recovery
Attempting to quit on your own when you have an addiction can feel impossible. It can also be dangerous if you don’t know how to manage your withdrawal symptoms. Turning to a professional rehab center like Chattanooga Recover Center is your best chance of making a full recovery and decreasing the risk of relapse.
Our team offers different programs to meet you where you’re at and treat your unique needs, including:
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Night outpatient treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
Learn more about our various therapies and holistic activities by giving our team a call.
Healing is possible when you call our tea at Chattanooga Recovery Center. Contact us today for Adderall addiction treatment at (423) 226-5331.