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Adderall is a stimulant that's used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obesity, and narcolepsy. It belongs to a class of drugs known as amphetamines, which are central nervous system stimulants that affect the functioning of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

While Adderall is safe when used as a prescription drug, it can be harmful when taken for non-medical purposes. Besides, it’s labeled as a schedule II substance by the government because of its high addiction potential.

Harbor Village offers addiction treatment for stimulants such as Adderall. And although there’s no specific medication to help treat this addiction, we use psychotherapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy to help our patients recover. We also have support groups that are crucial in promoting recovery from psychostimulant addiction.

Why Do People Develop Adderall Addiction?

When Adderall is used regularly or without a prescription, the brain gradually becomes tolerant to its effects. A person is then forced to take more of the dosage to achieve the same high. Over time, the brain depends on the drug to become alert or increase productivity. As such, it becomes impossible to function ‘normally’ without the drug, and you eventually experience withdrawal symptoms, such as fatigue and mental fogginess.

The risk of Adderall abuse increases when used alongside other drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine. Due to its ability to induce alertness, Adderall can mask symptoms of alcohol intoxication, which increases the risk of alcohol overdose and poisoning. Such drug combinations can result in severe health effects such as heart attacks. The symptoms of Adderall overdose include fever, fatigue, uncontrollable shaking, vomiting, and fast breathing.

Many individuals who develop a substance use disorder experience the following:

  • Weight Loss – Adderall is an appetite suppressant, which is why it’s used to treat obesity. Some individuals may, however, use it for weight loss without a prescription, which puts them at an increased risk of developing eating disorders.
  • Concentration – Many students use Adderall to help them focus better. The drug keeps them alert and awake for longer than usual.
  • Physical Performance – Athletes also misuse Adderall to fight fatigue and improve their physical performance.

The Importance of Seeking Professional Help

It can be difficult to recover from Adderall addiction on your own because of the chemical changes that occur in the brain as a result of constant use. Additionally, the withdrawal symptoms that manifest when you stop using the drug will likely have you seeking another dosage to fight the unpleasant feelings. A drug addiction treatment therapist can help you recover without risking your health or giving in to your cravings.

Get the Help You Need

We advise that you seek treatment for Adderall use disorder as you soon as you notice an inability to stop using. The faster you get help, the easier it will be to recover, and the fewer health side effects you’ll experience. Call us today on 855-767-8285 to talk to one of our specialists, who will guide you on the best course of action. You can also take a quick virtual tour of our facility to familiarize yourself with our outpatient, inpatient, and residential amenities.

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