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What is Adderall?

Adderall is the brand name of a medication that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

It is commonly prescribed for attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Adderall abuse is a problem because of its stimulant activity.

An increase in dopamine in the brain raises mental alertness and allows for greater focus in ADD/ADHD patients.

The dopamine increases can create feelings of positivity, confidence, and euphoria.

People who take Adderall for an extended period of time or at doses higher than normal are at high risk of addiction and withdrawal.

Adderall Abuse Leads to Tolerance

Due to its effects, Adderall abuse commonly produces tolerance.

This can lead some users to increase the doses on their own to get the same effects they are used to.

Most people who take Adderall for a long period of time develop some level of physical tolerance and may need to taper off the medication when it is time to quit.

Addiction to Adderall should be suspected when your life revolves around obtaining Adderall, sacrificing other important things and people in your life for Adderall, and experiencing cravings for Adderall.

Adderall Abuse North Jersey Recovery Center - A young female college student is experiencing withdrawal from Adderall abuse that she has been using to study and party with at school.

Understanding Adderall Abuse and Addiction

Once someone develops a tolerance to Adderall, they may begin using higher doses and more frequent doses to find that same high they remember.

Increasing the amount of Adderall to chase the effects of tolerance puts you at risk for a more difficult withdrawal.

Adderall is unique in the fact that the appearance of withdrawal effects is enough to push a user to take more.

Instead of an addiction to reach a high, it becomes an addiction cycle to avoid the low.

Adderall Abuse and Withdrawal

Adderall abuse and withdrawal is known to be uncomfortable.

The duration of withdrawal is related to the dose and length of time you have been using Adderall.

The depressive effects and mental fogginess can last for days or weeks.

Due to the intensity of the Adderall crash, many users who desire to stop using Adderall find that they relapse to avoid the withdrawal symptoms.

For a successful detox of Adderall, it is essential to consult with a physician and ensure a supportive and safe environment.

If you have been using Adderall for a period of time, tapering down off the prescription drug may help to avoid the Adderall crash. Tapering the dose down over a few days or a few weeks may help prevent unpleasant withdrawal effects.

This is best done with physician supervision and a medical environment to help with the withdrawal effects.

The detox process can be frightening and physically uncomfortable.

If an addiction to Adderall is suspected, professional help is needed in most cases for the best results.

Effects of Adderall Abuse

Adderall can make you feel an increased energy level and feel much more aware of your thoughts and actions.

Much like cocaine, which is also a stimulant, it has a high potential to be abused. It can be abused by those who want additional energy such as athletes, students, and people working stressful jobs or long hours.

It may be mistakenly seen as safe since it is available as a prescription.

A study of 18 students who reported using stimulants with a goal to perform better in school believed they could control their usage. Those interviewed believed they could successfully manage their risk of use and were overconfident in their ability to use a stimulant in a way that worked for them without becoming addicted.

There was an illusion of dosing themselves to maintain control to reach the desired outcome. This is a hallmark of addiction. Believing you are in control and that you can quit at any time is a myth once you are physically dependent on Adderall. Most of those interviewed also reported usage and potential addiction issues to alcohol and cannabis.

Sometimes the tolerance and addiction can catch users by surprise.

If you have tried to decrease use on your own, the withdrawal effects may have been so unpleasant you have re-entered the cycle of tolerance and addiction to avoid withdrawal.

If you want to make a change but need guidance and encouragement, we can help.

Adderall withdrawal doesn’t last forever, and trained professionals can help you reach your goals of coming off Adderall without experiencing an uncomfortable or scary withdrawal.

Mental Illness and Adderall Abuse

For many people, abusing Adderall can be a form of self-medicating to address another problem.

Rather than getting help, you may have tried using Adderall to cope with challenges or to feel more confident in dealing with another mental health issue.

This is not unusual and can worsen both an addiction and an untreated mental illness.

When an individual struggles with a mental health disorder and substance addiction, this is typically called a dual diagnosis.

Treating addiction and mental illness at the same time has been proven to be more effective than treating each individually.

If you have been afraid to address either one, we can help you improve the symptoms of both.

Addiction is a universal problem. Even if things seem fine to outside observers, addiction can still be present. It happens in all families, all social and financial situations.

Adderall abuse can happen by accident, and denial may prevent awareness of the addiction for some period of time.

Abusing Adderall is extremely dangerous.

Continuing to abuse Adderall is a sign that you may be attempting to solve another problem.

We are familiar with two competing disorders and the most effective steps to reach stability and happiness regardless of any other complicated disorders.

Treatment of Adderall Abuse

If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to Adderall, you are already familiar with the cycle of dependence and withdrawal.

Withdrawal from Adderall is a physical process, but recovery is the mental process of rebuilding your life.

Adderall addiction can be all-consuming. The time and energy to ensure an adequate supply and avoid an Adderall crash can take up a tremendous amount of time. As a result, financial issues and relationships usually suffer.

Treatment of Adderall abuse may involve inpatient treatment to complete detox and transition to an outpatient facility.

It is possible that moving into a sober living home may be an option.

Others may be able to complete treatment for an Adderall addiction through a fully outpatient regimen.

We will customize a treatment plan to your needs and specific personal situation.

It is never too late to reach out for help. We can stop the merry go round of addiction and withdrawal.

Adderall Abuse North Jersey Recovery Center - A female college student has decided to stop her Adderall abuse and is talking with a rehab facilitator on how to best go about a treatment plan for her specific needs.

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The cost of paying for treatment may be a big concern for you or your family.

We understand the financial stress that addiction can take.

We offer free insurance verification to give you all options to consider.

Gaining freedom from the chains of addiction is possible.

Call us today to discuss your individual treatment plan options.

All calls are answered with hope for the future.

Change is possible, regardless of the level of addiction.

Let us show you a different way to live.

How to Get Help

We are available to answer any questions and to discuss what a typical day of treatment is like.

No two cases are alike, and your individualized treatment plan will be customized for your needs and concerns.

Let us be the safe place for you to land.

Recovery is possible, and hope can be in your future.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.