Adderall is a prescription amphetamine, which is most commonly used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Because adderall is a central nervous stimulant and an amphetamine, it is often prescribed by physicians as an off label treatment for depression, mood disorders, obesity, and narcolepsy. It began as a decongestant, but after seeing its ability to increase energy and alertness, World War II physicians began prescribing amphetamines to soldiers during war time. Today, amphetamines are most commonly synthesized into adderall, and prescribed despite their high risk of abuse.
Super Study Drug?
Adderall has recently gained traction in college communities, becoming widely used by students looking for an extra edge when studying. Its stimulant qualities give users energy and focus their attention, allowing students to stay up all night cramming for exams. For the same reason, it is also being abused in high stress work environments, allowing employees to handle the workload of their demanding jobs.
If you are about to choose California addiction treatment, the foremost thing you would hear about is Adderal. Once someone is consistently taking adderall, the drug begins to produce a psychological addiction. Although the withdrawal effects are marginal when compared to heroin or other opiates, the psychological dependence can be severe. After experiencing soaring levels of productivity when they began their use, addicts convince themselves they are unable to perform adequately without adderall. This fear pushes the user back to the drug, and creates a vicious cycle of drug dependence.
SAMHSA(http://media.samhsa.gov/samhsaNewsletter/Volume_17_Number_3/Adderall.aspx) recently conducted a survey of college students across the country, and found that around 6% of full time college students have used adderall without a prescription during the last year. Of the population that reported using adderall illicitly, a shocking 89.5% admitted to binge drinking in conjunction with adderall use.
A 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that students who were attending school fulltime, and between 18 and 22 years old, were twice as likely to abuse adderall as student who were not full time. These students were also three times as likely to use marijuana, and eight times as likely to abuse prescription medication.
Short Term and Long Term Adderall Effects
If taken under a doctor’s supervision, Adderall can be extremely helpful to patients with ADHD. But if you ignore your doctor’s suggestions, take it without a prescription, or find yourself becoming physically or mentally addicted, this drug can cause serious health problems.
Similar to cocaine, methamphetamine, and other stimulants, use of adderall causes increased awareness, concentration, and hyperactivity. This is achieved through the activation of neurotransmitters in the brain like norepinephrine, which flood the brain with dopamine. After this initial high has run its course, users will soon feel exhausted, spent, and irritable.
Continue use of adderall can result in significant cardiovascular problems, the most dangerous being stroke. It can also cause rapid deterioration in muscles, and problems with coordination and equilibrium. Psychological effects include paranoia, psychosis, hallucination, mania, increased aggression, and developmental delays in teens or young adults.
Treatment for Adderall Addiction
Northbound Treatment Services begins treatment for adderall addiction with a clinical evaluation, addressing the unique individual needs of each of our clients. We understand that adderall addiction is often the result of previous treatment for mental health problems, and we aim to treat the underlying issue as well as the addiction. Because the withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and frightening, we offer a 24 hour medical detox at our oneEIGHTY detox facility (Link?)
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