What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a pill containing dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. It is taken orally, though can be injected if being used against the prescription recommendations. The most common reason for Adderall prescription is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), though it is also prescribed for treatment of Narcolepsy as well.

According to a 2016 study in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, it’s estimated that 6.1 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, between the ages of two and 17. The study also showed 12.9% of boys are diagnosed with ADHD, but for girls it’s  5.6%.

How Does Adderall Work?

Our brains naturally produce dopamine (also known as the “reward” chemical), epinephrine (which is commonly called adrenaline), and norepinephrine (the “stress” chemical). Adderall increases the production and synthesis of these, meaning those who have trouble focusing due to their ADHD can maintain focus.

It can be hard to understand how adding stimulation to the brain of a person diagnosed with ADHD helps them concentrate. People with ADHD are constantly seeking stimulation due to their brain asking for more dopamine, so they can’t stay focused. When Adderall is prescribed it helps to level out the brain chemistry, leading to the person feeling calmer and being able to focus.

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Adderall Addiction Vs. Adderall Dependency

There is a difference between dependence and addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dependence is related to the body adapting to a specific substance and will usually be related to the body forming a tolerance. Our body’s can become used to substances and start requiring more and more to attain the same results, which can then lead to someone taking higher and higher doses to achieve the desired result.

Addiction is defined as “compulsive…use despite harmful consequences,” and is often associated with social side effects, along with physical and mental side effects. The inability to stop one of the main defining aspects that separate addiction from dependence, and with addiction that feeling of physical need for the substance is higher.

Are You or Someone You Know Addicted to Adderall?

It can be hard to notice someone struggling with substance use, and sometimes even hard to tell if you yourself are struggling. There are common signs of Adderall abuse, however, and looking for these in friends or loved ones — or even yourself — can help determine if you may be struggling with Adderall use.

Drastic changes in lifestyle, behavior, and mood can often be signs; there is a larger problem. From mood swings to selling things that were or are important to them or loved ones, these are the kinds of social effects that may have a substance use problem behind them.

Adderall can carry quite a long list of possible side effects, but not all are associated with abuse. Specific signs of abuse you should watch for include dry mouth, twitching body, heightened heart rate, trouble breathing, high blood pressure, vision problems, frequent headaches, stomach or chest pain, nausea or vomiting, and seizures.

Drug paraphernalia is another sign of potentially struggling with Adderall. Adderall is a prescription medication so someone will have to get it from a doctor. Prescription bottles with another person’s name or even pills stored outside of pill bottles can be signs of what is called “prescription diversion,” where someone is selling or giving away a prescription medication.

Many of these signs can occasionally be very hard to spot, so if you suspect you or someone you know may be addicted to Adderall, asking someone for help is a great first step.

What Is it Like to Detox Off Adderall?

The detoxification process can differ from person to person. Some of the possible side effects associated with taking Adderall in the first place can show up, even if they’ve never happened before. This includes suicidal thoughts, mood swings, depression, teeth grinding, hallucinations, and even seizures. Because some of these are incredibly serious, it’s recommended you detox from Adderall with medical professionals available. Vertava Health Mississippi has an expert, clinically-proven full care continuum that offers multiple treatment programs, all ready to assist you with detox and treatment, and chosen by our licensed clinicians to suit your situation.

What Are Some Signs of Adderall Overdose?

While an overdose is rare, one of the main ways overdoses of Adderall happen is by combining it with other recreational drug use.

There are a lot of potential signs of overdose when dealing with mixing Adderall and other substances, but some of those associated with Adderall are vomiting, rapid breathing, stomach pain, hallucinations, heart attack, a high fever, tremors, and even death.

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Sobriety doesn’t occur only due to a singular event or intervention, rather it is a culmination of steps that works a person towards a healthier, drug-free life. Seeking treatment is the first step; however, once you’re enrolled in our care, detoxing from your substance of abuse is where our program begins.

Contrary to what some people may think, detox does not simply address the physical ramifications of an addiction, though this is certainly the predominant focus. Rather, detox occurs on all the levels that damage occurred—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In order for treatment to have a lasting effect, we need to not only cleanse your body but to remove the lingering negative effects that the drugs or alcohol had on your psyche.

To begin the process, we will address the physical implications of drug use by providing you or your loved one with a medically-supervised detox. For further details on the detox process, click here.

Drug addiction can be one of the hardest things to deal with, and at Vertava Health Mississippi our medical staff knows the strength it takes to take that first step. Because we know how resilient you are, we’re confident you can make this journey to long-term recovery. Give us a call at 888-956-6369.

FAQs

How long does it take to get off Adderall?

The medication can leave your system relatively quickly, but that can lead to certain side effects. Addressing an addiction or dependence can take longer. It’s detectable in urine for up to three days, blood for 24 hours, saliva for 48 hours, and hari for one month.

Is it hard to get off Adderall?

That depends on the person, usually. It can be very hard, as addiction differs from person to person, but addiction and dependence on a substance can be some of the hardest things to deal with.

How can I reduce the neurotoxicity of Adderall?

Your best bet here is to only use Adderall if a doctor has prescribed it, and use it exactly as it’s supposed to be used. Neurotoxicity is not something you can reduce because it’s something that can happen when a substance “alters the normal activity of the nervous system”. It is something that either happens or doesn’t.