Man talking to counselor distressed by his addiction to adderallWhen patients use it as a doctor prescribes, Adderall is an exceptional prescription drug. Unfortunately, any drug that exhibits similar properties to cocaine will eventually fall into the hands of recreational users. That’s not to say that addiction to Adderall only hits the recreational user. It’s also entirely possible for a patient to become addicted to this medication. The only way doctors can prevent this from happening is to monitor and keep tight controls on their patients.

Information About Adderall

Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Doctors prescribe this medication for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In some cases, doctors might also prescribe Adderall to treat a sleep disorder or depression. Physiologically, the drug acts as a central nervous system stimulant.

When people take this substance in high doses, they experience many of the same properties as cocaine. That includes a burst of energy and euphoria. It’s those attributes that draw recreational users. Unfortunately, the drug is highly addictive and capable of creating a strong addiction to Adderall.

Signs of Addiction to Adderall

Adderall abuse occurs in several ways, including:

  • Exceeding the doctor’s prescribed dosage
  • Taking it for non-medical reasons (recreational use)
  • Taking it via non-approved methods like snorting or injecting
  • Purchasing the drug illegally
  • Using another person’s medication

Any of these actions would qualify as an abuse of Adderall, and people should consider it to be dangerous.

Once an addiction to Adderall takes hold, the user could begin showing short-term signs of abuse. These signs include nausea, digestive problems, dry mouth, heart-rate issues, anxiety, and restlessness. After an extended period of abuse, some of the following long-term effects could kick in:

  • Slowed speech and motor skills
  • Rashes and hives
  • Chest pains
  • Breathing issues
  • Blurred vision

How Professionals Treat an Addiction to Adderall

When an Adderall user is ready to stop using, they should seek help from a reputable treatment facility like Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida. Most Adderall addiction treatment plans include both a detox program and therapy.

Doctors prefer to prescribe a medically-monitored detox program for patients with an Adderall addiction. It gives the patient an opportunity to get through the Adderall withdrawal process without significant medical issues. It also gives them a chance to clear their mind and body of residual toxins. This helps to promote better focus for the counseling part of treatment.

The real key to recovery falls on the therapy process. During counseling, therapists encourage patients to look at the causes of their addiction. A clear understanding of why they choose to abuse any substance creates a basis for problem-solving. The problem at hand is how to prevent continued substance abuse. The solution calls for the patient to develop the proper coping skills. These coping skills can serve as a good defense mechanism against the patient’s triggers and temptations.

Treatment at Beaches Recovery

Beaches Recovery treatment center specializes in the treatment of addictions to many substances. We are proud to design custom and very specific treatment programs for each incoming patient. As a “full service” addiction treatment provider, we maintain an extensive menu of treatment services and options. Using each patient’s profile, we build our treatment programs to include some of the following options:

Before you let an addiction to Adderall disrupt your life, you might want to consider getting help. We understand it’s not easy to stop using and ask for help. Just the same, your life and future happiness depend on you getting addiction help. We want you to call our Beaches Recovery facility for the help you need. The number is 866.605.0532. If any phone call will have a profound effect on your life, this is the one.