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Adderall is typically prescribed to individuals that have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) in order to help them focus on day-to-day activities. It’s not just ADHD patients that are taking the medication, however. Some people start taking Adderall without a prescription because they believe the medication will help them better their own lives in different ways. College students are the most common abusers of the drug, but anyone can develop an Adderall addiction if they start taking it when they don’t need it.
There are several reasons why Adderall is used by people without ADHD, the most common of which is to help people stay awake and focused while they’re trying to work. There’s a common belief that Adderall can increase productivity, even if you don’t have ADHD. That’s why college students are often the most susceptible to developing an Adderall addiction.
Adderall can also help suppress someone’s appetite, which can lead to weight loss. Young women, high school students, and sometimes middle school students might start taking the drug in order to keep their weight down. If they’re desperate enough to lose weight, they could take more than what they should on a daily basis, which can lead to serious health concerns.
In some people, Adderall has the potential of producing a high. Those individuals that get the high are likely to use Adderall more than once to achieve that same feeling they had during the first use. If they’re fishing for the same high as before, they’re probably going to be taking more than the suggested dosage each time they use.
Anyone who uses Adderall regularly can become addicted to it. Once someone develops an Adderall addiction, they can begin experiencing severe, negative effects from the medication. Those who don’t need Adderall are more susceptible to the negative impacts that the medication is going to have.
Adderall works by increasing the levels of dopamine in the brain, which helps attention, movement, and feeling pleasure. In ADHD patients, Adderall balances out the dopamine levels so they can function as others do. People who struggle with an Adderall addiction can experience a state of euphoria when they use Adderall, which dwindles away to a depression when Adderall use is stopped.
Stimulants like Adderall have been shown to increase body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate as well as decrease one’s appetite and sleep. Where ADHD patients won’t have massive issues with these effects if they follow the dosage instructions, those individuals who increase their dose or don’t need the medication are going to have massive issues. Some people struggling with Adderall addiction could have a stroke because of the negative side effects involved with the drug.
If you’re struggling with an Adderall addiction for any reason, you can definitely overcome it. However, you shouldn’t go through the recovery process alone. Drug abuse can be difficult to stop and withdrawal symptoms could be too much for you to handle without professional help.
Beaches Recovery can help you. Our 90-bed facility is designed to house and help guests who are struggling with addiction. You’ll also be surrounded by medical professionals that can help you better understand who you are, where your addiction troubles came from, and how to live a sober life over the long term.
Don’t keep struggling with your Adderall addiction alone. Call Beaches Recovery today at 866-605-0532 to find out more about our Jacksonville, Florida facility and addiction treatment programs.