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Adderall Addiction Treatment

Going off to college usually involves gathering all the essentials needed to succeed in that next phase of academia.  Books and supplies, a laptop, an iPad, and a smart phone provide the tools needed to tackle the demands of university…oh, and some Adderall, too.  Adderall is a prescription stimulant originally designed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, but at some point became commonly known as “the study drug.”

The drug is known to stave off sleep and increase energy and focus in healthy individuals, explaining why young people have flocked to illicitly use the medication to keep up with their school workloads.  A report published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry shed light on the misuse of Adderall among young adults, citing that 60% of all Adderall consumption was by 18-15 year olds.  In fact, the article states that emergency room visits among young adults for Adderall-related visits had increased 156% from 2006-2011. 

Adderall can have serious adverse effects that many young adults, or adults of any age, are not acknowledging, including developing an addiction to the drug.  Parents of young adult children, upon learning of their kid’s Adderall abuse, are increasingly seeking out Adderall addiction treatment to assist them in overcoming this serious problem.

Facts About Adderall

Adderall shares many of the same addiction traits and symptoms as other illicit stimulants, such as methamphetamine and cocaine.  When people of any age begin abusing Adderall with the desire to experience a boost in energy and mood, or even as a weight loss tool, they are often unaware of the long-term affects that will occur with consistent abuse of the drug.  After experiencing the initial euphoric effects, the individual seeks to repeat that high over and over again.  Tolerance to the Adderall ramps up quickly, and within only a few weeks an addiction can develop.

When someone who has become addicted to Adderall attempts to stop using the drug they will experience severe rebound effects and highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.  The common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Foggy thinking
  • Agitation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Concentration problems
  • Anxiety
  • Vivid or disturbing dreams
  • Increased appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts

Because of the intensity of the Adderall withdrawal symptoms, attempts to stop the drug should be carried out in a medically monitored detox environment, followed by an inpatient treatment program.

What to Expect in Adderall Addiction Treatment

Adderall detox and withdrawal is only the first step in recovering from this drug dependency.  Without professional help, the individual is likely to succumb to cravings for the drug and return to using Adderall.  In Adderall addiction treatment there will be several proven therapies utilized to help the client change the disordered thought and behavior patterns that initiate the drug-seeking response. 

Inpatient rehab provides a retreat from the stressors that could prompt a relapse, allowing for the client to recovery in a drug and alcohol free environment that will provide new coping tools to access when the stresses of college or work are again part of daily life.  Learning these new skills takes practice and time, which is what an inpatient Adderall rehab provides. 

In addition to the individual and group therapy, treatment also involves learning various techniques to reduce stress, such as mindfulness exercises, yoga and guided meditation.  Being actively involved in a peer support group, such as the 12-step meetings, is also important for individuals in early recovery who are seeking ways to reinforce newfound sobriety.

Pax House Recovery Provides Adderall Addiction Treatment

Pax House Recovery is an inpatient and residential rehab program located near Los Angles in Southern California. Our clients come to treatment from throughout the United States and international to receive high quality and comprehensive treatment. Featuring a comfortable, welcoming home environment, Pax House strives to treat every client with respect and compassion during the important treatment period.  Depending on the client’s unique needs, treatment options include 30, 60, or 90 day periods.  For more information about the program, please contact Pax House Recovery today at (888) 572-1724.

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