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What is Adderall Withdrawal and Addiction?

If you are going through Adderall withdrawal, you may feel as if your symptoms will overwhelm you. .

In fact, those feelings may be so strong that you doubt your ability to beat your addiction to this medication.

But in reality, you can break your Adderall addiction and recover your sobriety.

The best way to successfully complete the withdrawal process is by entering a drug detox program that meets your unique recovery needs.

And the best place to find this kind of program is a trusted, top-quality rehab center in your area.

In the New York/New Jersey region, your trusted treatment source is North Jersey Recovery Center.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall contains a pair of active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

Both of these medications belong to a group of substances known as stimulants.

Your doctor may prescribe them as a combined treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

You may also receive Adderall as a treatment for the symptoms of narcolepsy.

Despite their treatment benefits, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine have one major drawback.

Namely, they have the potential to trigger a case of stimulant addiction.

Most people who take these medications in the form of Adderall do not get addicted.

However, you greatly increase your risks if you:

  • Increase individual doses of your medication without your doctor’s approval
  • Increase the frequency of your medication use without official approval

You also face a much higher risk of addiction if you take Adderall without a prescription.

All of these actions fit the accepted definition of prescription stimulant abuse.

Basics of Adderall Addiction

Why are amphetamine and dextroamphetamine addictive? The answer lies in how these substances act in your brain. In addition to stimulating nerve activity, they increase output of the chemical dopamine. Dopamine is the main activator of your natural pleasure response. When it is released inside your brain, it triggers pleasant feelings. When its levels drop, those feelings fade away.

This sounds like a simple fact, but it sets the stage for addiction. Adderall has the potential to create major spikes in your pleasure levels. You probably will not experience these spikes when you take your medication as prescribed. However, if you abuse the medication, you may end up experiencing euphoria, an extreme form of pleasure.

Some people seek out this extreme pleasure by taking part in regular Adderall abuse. If you do this long enough, you will start to change how your brain works. What began as a voluntary increase in your dopamine level may turn into a mandatory increase. In other words, your brain will demand that you keep abusing the medication.

At this point, you have a physical stimulant dependency. If you also develop an emotional/psychological dependency, you have a stimulant addiction.


Why Does Adderall Withdrawal Occur?

If you are physically dependent or addicted, you cannot expect to stop using Adderall without going through withdrawal. This is true because your brain has come to expect the presence of powerful stimulants. If you do not meet this expectation, your brain will “warn” you that something is wrong. That warning takes the form of Adderall withdrawal symptoms.


Potential Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal

The signs of stimulant withdrawal are similar regardless of the specific substance you take. That includes the signs of Adderall withdrawal. Specific problems you may experience include:

  • Feelings of depression or a “down” mood
  • Nightmares or abnormally vivid dreams
  • Sleeplessness
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • An increase in your normal appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Unusual anxiety
  • Paranoid mental states
  • Very strong urges to keep abusing the medication

The vast majority of people experience at least six separate signs of Adderall withdrawal. Problems usually appear withing a day of quitting the medication. Most people go through two stages of withdrawal. First comes a “crash” phase. This phase lasts for up to a week, and covers the peak period of your symptoms. Next comes a longer, less severe phase, which typically lasts for another couple of weeks.

As a general rule, the Adderall withdrawal process will not put your life at risk. Despite this fact, experts classify amphetamine withdrawal as potentially severe. This is true because, without professional care, many people cannot tolerate the symptoms of withdrawal. Rather than going through them, they decide to return to their previous pattern of medication abuse. North Jersey Recovery Center is committed to helping you avoid this unfortunate outcome.

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The Purpose of Detox

Detox, or detoxification, provides the professional assistance you need to cope with Adderall withdrawal. This kind of help is crucial to your quest for long-term sobriety. In fact, you cannot really begin your sobriety journey without seeing withdrawal through to its end.

Professional detox also has other essential goals. For example, your treatment team will help ensure that you are in stable overall health. While in your program, you will also learn the importance of following up detox with active addiction rehab. In addition, you will get a better idea of what to expect when your rehab enrollment begins.


What Happens in Detox for Adderall Problems?

What treatments are used in detox for Adderall withdrawal? Most often, the process does not include the use of withdrawal medication. This is true because no medication has been proven to help in stimulant detox. In addition, such treatment is usually not needed.

Instead of providing medication, detox will focus on supporting your general health. That includes such things as:

  • Making sure you eat well
  • Providing any supplements your system requires
  • Giving you plenty of time to sleep
  • Providing a calm environment that does not make you feel agitated

This supportive care will help you weather both phases of withdrawal.

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Mental Health Issues

When you start detox, your doctors may detect the presence of another mental health issue. This is not uncommon. In fact, addiction and separate mental illness are frequently found together. If you do have such an illness, it must be addressed as part of your treatment. Your doctor will provide you with treatment information that focuses on your current needs.


Detox Follow-Up

When you complete detox, you will no longer have Adderall in your system. However, your recovery work is not done. To solidify your sobriety, you must continue on in active treatment for stimulant problems. Otherwise, you future relapse chances skyrocket.


Seek Help for Adderall Withdrawal Treatment

Adderall withdrawal is likely for anyone addicted to the amphetamine-based medication.

The symptoms of this kind of withdrawal are typically life-threatening.

However, unless you get help, they may be too much for you to cope with.

For this reason, medical detox is the perfect option for people going through Adderall withdrawal.

This supervised process helps you deal with any potential symptoms.

You probably will not need medication during detox.

Instead, you will receive the general support needed to succeed.

Such support includes sound nutrition and peaceful, calm surroundings.

It also includes ample opportunity to sleep.

Detox has another benefit.

By the end of Adderall withdrawal, you will be prepared to start stimulant treatment.

This is important because detox alone will not help you remain sober long-term.

Only effective follow-up treatment makes that possible.

For the very best in Adderall withdrawal and detox, just contact North Jersey Recovery Center.

No matter the extent of your withdrawal symptoms, our custom detox options will keep you safe and secure.

And when you complete detox, you can continue your recovery in our state-of-the-art stimulant treatment program.

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.