Adderall, an amphetamine often prescribed by medical professionals to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, is a highly potent and addictive Class II controlled substance. In recent years, the abuse rates for this central nervous system stimulant have significantly increased. When doctors fail to educate and monitor their patients about the dangers of Adderall abuse, this drug can be very harmful, especially when combined with other psychoactive drugs. Learn how Crestview Recovery’s Adderall addiction treatment program can help you beat your addiction. Contact Crestview Recovery to learn more about Adderall addiction by calling 866.262.0531.
MEDICAL USES FOR ADDERALL
Adderall works by altering chemicals in the brain and nerves that link to hyperactivity and impulse control. It comes in two forms: instant release and extended-release, both of which treat symptoms of ADHD. The FDA has only approved the instant release form to treat narcolepsy, however. Adderall users who develop a high tolerance may turn to more dangerous stimulants when Adderall stops working for them.
HOW ADDERALL WORKS
When individuals take this drug exactly as they’re supposed to, Adderall is an effective treatment for ADHD. It works by counteracting the undesirable effects that the condition can produce. Physicians usually start patients on a low dose in order to avoid any unwanted side effects and symptoms. Over time, the physician will gradually increase dosage as he or she sees appropriate. Similar to Adderall, physicians may also prescribe Vyvanse as a treatment for ADHD.
Adderall works for the treatment of ADHD in the following ways:
- Making certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as norepinephrine and dopamine, more available. These brain chemicals are important because they hold the responsibility of increasing alertness, attention, and overall energy levels.
- Maximizing heart rate and blood flow to the muscles
As Adderall works to perform the functions mentioned above, it can produce feelings of energy and liveliness. Some users compare the effects of Adderall to the effects produced by cocaine and meth.
SYMPTOMS AND SIDE EFFECTS OF ADDERALL ADDICTION
Like all habit-forming substances, it’s easy to form an addiction to Adderall. People who use more Adderall than recommended by a doctor are at risk for developing negative side effects, chemical dependency, and needing substance abuse treatment.
Possible short-term side effects of Adderall use include:
- Dry mouth
- Loss of voice/hoarseness
- Digestive issues and loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
The long-term or heavy use of Adderall can result in more serious side effects, some of which can be dangerous to the user when he or she experiences these symptoms together. Some of these long-term side effects and symptoms include:
- Feelings of weakness or numbness in the limbs (arms and legs)
- Chest pain
- Rash or hives
- Vision complications
If you experience any of the long-term effects outlined above, you should consult a physician or seek medical attention right away. Overdosing on Adderall can result in several dire consequences to one’s health, including panic attacks, heart problems, and even coma in some cases.
ADDERALL ADDICTION REHAB IN PORTLAND OREGON
If you or a loved one has an Adderall addiction, you don’t have to suffer alone any longer. Crestview Recovery offers high-quality addiction treatment programs to help you get clean while providing the tools and knowledge you’ll need for long-term sobriety.
A few of our programs and services include:
- Men’s drug rehab program
- Women’s drug rehab program
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
CHANGE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Don’t give Adderall addiction the opportunity to cause more destruction in your life. Crestview Recovery in Portland offers quality Adderall addiction rehab that can get you back on your feet and leave you feeling stronger than ever. It’s time to make your sobriety your top concern. We can make the recovery process smooth and pain-free. Contact us now at 866.262.0531 to learn more about getting started on this life-changing opportunity.