Find out why our Adderall treatment program is touted as one of the best in South Florida.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription stimulant medication under the category of stimulants. It operates similarly to other addictive drugs like meth. Adderall increases dopamine and norepinephrine levels in the central nervous system. It’s a Schedule II controlled substance due to its high potential for abuse.
Doctors prescribe Adderall to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. However, some people fake symptoms to get prescription drugs. What’s even crazier is that Adderall is a drug prescribed to children and adults, despite the risk of addiction.
However, Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine) has a high potential for misuse. Adderall addiction is on the rise among young adults. Over 116,000 people in rehab in 2012 were struggling with an addiction to amphetamines like Adderall. Another review of studies found that approximately 17 percent of college students reported misusing stimulants, including Adderall.
Understanding Adderall Addiction
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 daily and can develop a tolerance to the substance. Dependence can happen among people of all ages who use the medication as prescribed and 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 treatment facility can help reduce and manage withdrawal symptoms and offer medical monitoring.
Why is Meth Compared to Adderall?
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug that works with the central nervous system. Sometimes known as meth, blue, crystal, and ice, meth looks like a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that dissolves in water and alcohol.
Beyond prescription methamphetamines, there are many illicit forms of meth available on the streets. While they might be slightly different in chemical structure, overall, they have the same qualities.
Signs, Symptoms, and Effects
The dosage and frequency of Adderall use can affect 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 increasing to dangerous levels.
It is easy for individuals addicted to Adderall to doctor shops to access large amounts of the drug. There are many behavioral symptoms that loved ones can look out for to know if someone abuses 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.
Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms
Stimulants like Adderall speed up the function of the central nervous system, which leads to increased energy, alertness, and attention. In addition to intense cravings for the drug to perform daily tasks and feel at your best, typical withdrawal symptoms for Adderall include:
- Upset stomach
- Foggy head
- Sleep disturbances
- Irritability and agitation
- Suicidal thoughts
How Adderall Use Can Lead to Addiction
Adderall is a brand-name prescription medication used to treat a condition known as ADHD and 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 and 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. 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.
Risks of Adderall Abuse
Adderall addiction is a severe 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 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 they can 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 drug addiction treatment at a drug abuse 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 in accessing the treatment necessary to recover from addiction.
Learn More About Addiction Treatment
Are all programs the same?
No. Our addiction treatment programs are designed and personalized to match your individual needs and your addiction.
Is alcohol rehab the same?
No. While the structure might be similar, alcohol addiction affects the brain differently, and we follow specific therapies and treatment programs designed to help those with alcohol use disorder.
Is family involved in treatment?
If possible. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe family inclusion in treatment is critical for long-term recovery. Whenever possible, we’ll do our best to incorporate family members into the treatment process. We’ll also assist family members who might be challenging to cope with their loved ones being in rehab. People in recovery need the support of family and friends to make progress, so we often invite family members to form support groups during therapy.
Do you use medications?
If needed. For specific addictions, a medication-assisted treatment program might be beneficial, particularly during the early recovery stages. Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms, control cravings, and make the recovery process easier on those in treatment.
How long is the treatment?
It depends. Our rehab programs are personalized to address your needs. However, most of our programs range in the 60- to 90-day, with many choosing continuum care after leaving rehab.
Is detox mandatory?
Most of our patients come to our rehab center after completing our drug and alcohol detox program. Someone must be no longer using substances to start a rehab program. Otherwise, withdrawal symptoms can interfere with treatment and make progress too challenging.
We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.