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What is Adderall?
Adderall is a type of amphetamine-based medication that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is a condition where an individual has a difficult time focusing and expresses abnormally high levels of energy. ADHD can affect both children (Adolescent ADHD) and adults (Adult ADHD). According to WebMD, Adderall can “help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.”
Adderall typically comes in a round or oblong tablet form and either white, blue, or orange in color. Tablet strength may vary from 5mg to 30mg. Adderall XR, or extended-release, is a form of the medication that dissolves slower and only requires one dose per day, as opposed to multiple doses.
Abuse of Adderall has become common among college students and individuals who abuse other substances considered “downers” or depressants, such as alcohol. Students often become dependant on Adderall or a similar drug to accomplish tasks on a day-to-day base and can develop a tolerance to the substance. Dependence can happen among people of all ages who use the medication as prescribed, as well as those who use the drug illicitly.
If you or your child has developed a dependence or addiction to Adderall, it is crucial that they carefully detox from the substance. Sudden cessation of Adderall use can cause severe side-effects. Slowly being weaned off of the substance at a professional detox facility can help reduce and manage withdrawal symptoms, as well as offering medical monitoring.
Symptoms of Adderall withdrawal may begin as soon as 9 or 10 hours following the last dose. Possible Adderall withdrawal symptoms include a change in appetite, fatigue, irritability, depression, mood swings, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, tremors, headaches, drug cravings, difficulty concentrating, lack of motivation, seizures, and muscle aches.
Our Adderall Treatment Center at Lighthouse Recovery Institute
Our Adderall addiction treatment programs ensure that patients meet with addiction therapists on a regular basis for individual sessions. During these individual therapy sessions, clients can address and process potential underlying issues that could be contributing to their drug use. Individual therapy is also supplemented with group therapy to provide an opportunity to connect with peers going through a similar process and offer support to each other.
Through individual and group therapy, clients develop a range of skills and tools to help them in their journey to recovery. There is a range of skills clients focus on which may include life and vocational skills, relapse prevention, coping skills, and effective interpersonal communication strategies.
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Adderall Inpatient/PHP Treatment
Our Inpatient/PHP Treatment for Adderall addiction includes regular clinical sessions and auxiliary services that provide patients with a structured routine for recovery and professional supervision. Inpatient admittance or enrollment in PHP at Lighthouse is often only recommended following completion of a medical detox program for the beginning of their recovery process.
Adderall Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Following the completion of PHP or inpatient drug rehab, transition into an IOP is a perfect next step for a continuum of care. While in IOP, patients can also attend work, school, or community events and meetings. This allows those in recovery from Adderall addiction to achieve a level of independence while still attending treatment sessions and easing back into their day-to-day life.
Adderall Outpatient Treatment
Following stabilization in PHP and the development of a solid routine and coping skills at a higher level of care, outpatient treatment can provide continuing access to rehab services and drug rehab aftercare services. If the patient does not have a safe and supportive home environment to return to, they can live in a sober living home while continuing with outpatient treatment. They can also reside independently and attend some groups and sessions while they transition back into a completely independent and sober life.
How Adderall Use Can Lead to Addiction
Adderall is a brand-name prescription medication used to treat a condition known as ADHD, as well as the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Adderall is classified as an amphetamine and requires a prescription, similar to Ritalin. The generic name for Adderall is Dextroamphetamine-Amphetamine. While Adderall can be highly effective in treating the conditions it is meant for, it is also abused at a high rate but those who have been prescribed the substance, as well as those who obtain it illegally.
When taking Adderall, an individual may feel a greater sense of wellbeing, in addition to feeling more social, excited, and chatty. When the same individual stops taking Adderall, these feels begin to go away and may lead to the individual feeling very unmotivated, depressed, and even suicidal. The individual will become dependant on Adderall to get and maintain these positive feelings. In order to increase the effects of Adderall, a person may abuse it by crushing and snorting or injecting the substance. Although the initial effects may be stronger when Adderall is taken in one of these ways, the comedown is also more intense and the risk of overdose is greater.
Signs, Symptoms, and Effects
The dosage and frequency of Adderall use can have an effect on the detox process for someone seeking Adderall addiction treatment. Additionally, abuse of this substance can lead to severe adverse effects, including overdose and death. Being a stimulant, Adderall can result in someone’s heart rate and breathing to increase to dangerous levels.
Symptoms of Adderall abuse may include the following: sleep difficulties, headache, tremors, changes in libido, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, weight loss, diarrhea, constipation, increased heart rate, chest pain, dizziness, changes in vision, numbness in limbs, slowed speech, exhaustion, fever, rash, itching, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or hoarseness, verbal or muscular tics, seizures, blistering or peeling skin, and swelling of the throat, face, tongue, or eyes. For those struggling with co-occurring disorders, Adderall can worsen symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
It is easy for individuals addicted to Adderall to doctor shop to get access to large amounts of the drug. There are many behavioral symptoms that loved ones can look out for to know is someone is abusing Adderall. For one, the presence of drug paraphernalia can signal the abuse of Adderall or other drugs, such as heroin. Another sign could be rapid and irresponsible spending or wages, cash advances, and cashing out financial assets. They may also have a decreased interest in their grooming or become very secretive and isolated from their friends.
Risks of Adderall Abuse
Adderall addiction is a serious condition that requires professional attention and treatment. There are severe risks to detoxing on one’s own and medically assisted detox can help manage the process safely. Depending on the type of Adderall used, and the method of administering the substance, withdrawal can start very rapidly. Risks include suicidal thoughts, tachycardia, and death.
Adderall Treatment and Rehab
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, our rehab program treats Adderall addiction with therapy on an individual and group basis, combined with a medical and holistic approach. We have an interdisciplinary team that works cohesively with each patient to ensure the individual is able to accomplish the goals set forth for their recovery. Our addiction therapists help patients address underlying issues while they develop a support system. Patients also meet with our on-staff doctor to address any medical issues that would otherwise impede recovery.
Will Insurance Cover Treatment?
Private and state insurance plans often cover the complete or partial cost of Adderall addiction treatment at a drug rehab center. Not every insurance company determines coverage the same, but we work with the insurance provider and the patient to ensure treatment gets covered. For instance, we have flexible financial plans for self-pay clients. To get more information about specific medical and mental health benefits, please call one of our offices today. We are committed to assisting you to access the treatment necessary to recover from addiction.
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