If you have abused Adderall to the point that you believe you can’t function without it, call Northbound immediately. We’re here to help.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription stimulant; originally used as an appetite suppressant, but now widely prescribed in the treatment of ADHD. Referred to as a composite medication, Adderall is a combination of Dexedrine and amphetamine (or dextroamphetamine). In an age when the abuse of prescription medications is on the rise, Adderall may be the most dangerous and insidious. A long-term prescription for young adults whose ADHD may have resulted in difficulties in school (and which Adderall is meant to help address by improving concentration), a myth has taken hold that Adderall is the key to better performance on exams. Combined with the euphoric effect of the drug, Adderall holds a special danger of addiction for teenagers and college students.
What are the effects of Adderall Addiction?
Adderall’s reputation as a miracle “study drug,” combined with the euphoric high it produces when used for recreation purposes provides multiple routes to addiction. Both young people and adults may become reliant on Adderall to help them through high-stress periods at school or work, with increasing tolerance requiring higher or more frequent doses of the drug to be effective. Psychological dependency also sets in, convincing the addict that he or she needs the Adderall in order to succeed, thus setting up a dangerous, damaging cycle that only strengthens the addiction.
As a stimulant, Adderall raises blood pressure and increases the heart rate. Sustained use of Adderall, even at prescription levels, can lead to insomnia, changes in appetite and mood swings. As addiction worsens, continued use can lead to paranoia, depression, heart problems, hallucinations, seizures, and even stroke or heart attack.
Treatment and Recovery from Adderall Addiction
At Northbound, treatment for Adderall addiction begins with a clinical assessment and the creation of an individualized treatment plan, which takes into account the unique needs of the client as well as any co-occurring mental disorders that could otherwise inhibit the recovery process. Withdrawal from Adderall can be dangerous, and those who require detoxification and stabilization begin their stay in Northbound’s oneEighty detox program, where they will receive 24-hour supervision in a safe and comforting setting.
We at Northbound are committed to providing the full continuum of care, from our gender-specific CORE programs to our Christian LINKS program. We offer 30, 60 and 90-day treatment options and attend to the physical, mental and spiritual health of our clients.
Many of those seeking help for an addiction to Adderall have had their education disrupted by the need to seek treatment. The Northbound Academy helps get these students back on track, setting educational and career goals that help keep them motivated and prepare them for life after recovery. At Northbound, we are committed to teaching our clients fundamental life skills, and our transitional and aftercare programs are designed to help provide the continued network of support that will lead to successful long-term sobriety.
Get Treatment for Adderall Addiction at Northbound
If you or someone you love is suffering from a dependency on Adderall, contact Northbound, today. Our experienced counselors are here, day and night, to answer your questions and help you take the first steps toward a new and healthy life.