Adderall is abused at increasing rates today, primarily by young adults. The health risks of stimulant abuse are very real, including:
- Worsened mood/mood swings
Who is Susceptible to Adderall Addiction?
Adderall is primarily prescribed to those with ADD or ADHD, though the medicine can also be legally prescribed to control weight and treat depression. Children as young as four years old have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, begging the question, do these kids really have the disorder, or are they merely excitable children? Regardless, relying on the medicine from an early age creates immense susceptibility to dependence and addiction.
Others use the drug to encourage weight loss. This only works if Adderall is taken daily, but the more heavily the body relies on the drug, the higher chance of Adderall addiction.
Adderall is an amphetamine (a stimulant), and works by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. This creates a pleasurable experience and increases excitability, similar to how cocaine functions. Taking more Adderall than legally prescribed can trigger these feel-good emotions, meaning those with legal access are at great risk to abuse Adderall.
Since many students with ADD and ADHD are legally prescribed and use Adderall to focus in school, their peers may also be intrigued and think Adderall will help them study better and longer, improving their grades.
However, Adderall doesn’t work the same in those without ADD or ADHD. Studies show that those students without the conditions don’t study better, and may actually get worse grades as a result of the drug use. Non-prescription use is so prominent that experts estimate 30% of prescribed stimulants are routed to illegal use.
Signs and Symptoms of Adderall Addiction:
- Aches and pains
- Fatigue, insomnia
- Worsened social functioning
- Urges to use Adderall daily
- Spending money on Adderall when unable to afford it
- Increased use
Long-term use will exacerbate the above problems, and create an unhealthy physical and psychological dependence on Adderall. If you are worried that you or a loved one has an Adderall addiction, consult a reputable drug rehab center. A quality drug rehab center will get you back on your feet and get your life on track. Don’t hesitate to contact us today.