Prescription drugs should be safe, right? It would be nice if this were the case. However, a chemical is a chemical, and every substance has the potential to cause psychological and/or physical dependence. One of the most abused prescription drugs in the United States is Adderall. In order to ensure a lasting recovery, Adderall addiction treatment can be necessary.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription medication designed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is made up of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which are stimulants and used to treat sleeping disorders such as narcolepsy. Adderall has a high potential for abuse and addiction.
Why People Become Addicted
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, when Adderall is ingested, it binds to the norepinephrine and dopamine receptors in the brain, triggering a release of “feel-good” chemicals, which not only improve the ability to focus, but also create feelings of euphoria. The effects of Adderall mimic other stimulants, namely methamphetamine, though to a somewhat lesser degree.
Adderall stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for activating mental and physical activity needed to respond to situations of stress. This activation causes an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and sweating.
Like other prescription medications such as oxycodone or Xanax, Adderall is used for illicit purposes. People use it to increase alertness and productivity. In schools nationwide, students use it as a way to cram for tests and increase their chances of getting into better universities, a growing problem.
Signs of Adderall Addiction
- Not using the medication as prescribed, i.e. taking more than prescribed dosage or more frequently
- Altering the pill in order to increase its effects, i.e. crushing it up to snort it
- Taking the drug for reasons other than medical need, such as to stay awake
- Taking someone else’s medication
- Using the drug recreationally
- Purchasing the drug from an illicit source
Adderall Addiction Treatment
Identifying dependence on a prescription medication can be difficult, but treatment for Adderall addiction is usually a combination of medical detox and therapy in order to help remedy the physical distress and psychological reliance.
Depending on the severity of addiction, checking into an inpatient rehabilitation center is often the best bet for long-term recovery.
First Step Center of Arizona
In addition to offering Adderall addiction treatment, First Step Center of Arizona provides individualized care for each client at its inpatient residential treatment center. With only 10 beds, our all-male clientele benefit from receiving a personalized program tailored to meet specified needs.
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Adderall addiction is an increasing problem nationwide. Don’t wait any longer to get help. To find out more about Adderall addiction treatment at First Step Center, call us now at 866.832.6398.