A common drug prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is being used off-label as a student study aid. The drug, Adderall, which is so helpful in alleviating ADHD is creating some unintended side effects, namely, addiction.
This article explains what Adderall is, why it is addictive, and how to tell if you or one of your loved ones has become addicted. Where can you turn for help with Adderall addiction?
ADHD, Adderall, and Washington State Drug Rehab
Roughly 20 percent of all college students in the United States are currently using stimulants regularly. The intense academic pressures for scholarships have also created addiction in high school students looking for a competitive edge. That is because Adderall is a pure stimulant, a potent mix of amphetamines that provide the user with the ability to intensely focus his or her whirling thoughts – at least for a time.
The central nervous system effects of Adderall can be intensely addictive; the off-label use of this drug is not only habit-forming but also potentially dangerous. Adderall is a potent Schedule II controlled substance with numerous side effects.
Adderall can cause:
- Heart problems that are potentially life-threatening
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Open wounds signifying a circulation problem
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vision changes
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight loss
- Loss of consciousness
An article in Quartz Media points out the uniquely American dilemma; Adderall has been the go-to drug to treat ADHD in children, but these kids have “gone on to abuse those stimulants in high school and college.”
This abuse of stimulants like Adderall has followed Millennials into the job market. A new study of 11 million American workers shows that drug tests are coming back positive in record numbers – and amphetamines like Adderall are at the top of the list. Quartz Media reinforced this concerning number, stating:
Meanwhile, the number of adults with prescriptions for ADHD medication is moving past 5 million, and prescriptions among 26- to 34-year olds are the driving force.
Many of these young professionals are now reliant on Adderall to fuel performance on-the-job. As a result, there has been a significant increase of people entering Washington State drug rehab for Adderall abuse.
Signs of Adderall Abuse
Washington State drug rehab facilities suggest the following red flags for Adderall abuse:
- Taking more than the label prescribes.
- Using the drug in a non-approved way, such as crushing and snorting the tablets.
- Using the drug for off-label applications, such as to stay awake and alert.
- Taking someone else’s prescription.
Long-term consumers of Adderall may experience many of the typical effects of substance abuse, including tolerance for the drug requiring them to take more to achieve the desired effect, and physical dependency on the medication.
Some prescription drugs are just as addictive as opioids or heroin. Washington State drug rehab facilities such as The Recovery Village Ridgefield have programs designed to treat patients addicted to Adderall or other amphetamines. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you believe that someone you know is using Adderall in potentially abusive ways.