Adderall (or Adderall XR) is commonly prescribed on the NHS in order to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and sleeping disorders such as narcolepsy.
Students have also been known to consume Adderall when preparing for exams. In fact, Adderall is often referred to as ‘the study drug’.
Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant and a form of amphetamine where users can feel more alert and concentrated after consuming Adderall.
Overview of Adderall Addiction
Adderall increase the production of dopamine in the brain thus stimulating the central nervous system. Dopamine is known as the brain’s ‘feel good hormone’. Thus, users become addicted to Adderall due to this ‘feel good’ effect.
Adderall also affects the brain’s regulation of the hormone ‘norepinephrine’. Norepinephrine is a ‘flight-or-fight’ hormone. Norepinephrine works by increasing the heartbeat and raising blood pressure when a person is faced with danger.
Over time Adderall users build up a tolerance to the drug which means ever greater quantities are needed in order to feel the desired ‘high’. Adderall is commonly consumed orally; however chronic users are known to crush up Adderall tablets and snort the resulting crumbs; users may also inject Adderall.
Common Adderall side effects
Side effects of long-term Adderall addiction include:
- Mood swings
- Irregular heartbeat & cardiac arrest
- Suicidal thoughts
As Adderall stimulates the central nervous system, a reported 70% of adults and up to 80% of children show improvement in their ADHD symptoms when taking nervous system stimulants, according to healthline.com.
Despite the positives Adderall has for people suffering from ADHD, as it’s a nervous system stimulant is can cause hallucinations or various other thought problems. In addition, you could experience other side effects from Adderall such as your tongue, throat or even face swelling up, potentially causing you difficulty breathing.
The drug could also increase your heart rate, raise your blood pressure, cause numbness in your fingers or give you cold toes as a result of poor circulation, constrict your blood vessels, give you a dry mouth, cause stomach-ache or constipation, develop a lack of appetite from potential nausea or diarrhoea resulting in extreme weight loss, and can also slow down growth in children who could be taking Adderall.
It’s possible that you could have an allergic reaction to the drug which causes an outbreak of hives, itchy skin, or a nasty rash.
Alongside these physical side-effects, Adderall could also make you feel particularly restless or nervous in addition to experiencing trouble sleeping with the potential to cause insomnia; people with ADHD will tend to feel these effects more.
Chronic Adderall addicts may suffer psychosis and fatal amphetamine poisoning as a result of their drug use. Around 5,000 die each year as a result of fatal amphetamine poisoning; occurrences of Adderall overdoses and deaths are particularly high amongst students.
Our Adderall Detox Programme
It’s important that you detox from Adderall gradually as just stopping abruptly can cause you to crash, leaving you feeling fatigued and disconnection.
At Cassiobury Court, we offer a 28-day comprehensive Adderall detox and rehab programme where patients move into our Watford centre in order to receive their structured treatment. A medical team observes clients progress throughout detox and prescription medications are offered to ease painful withdrawal symptoms experienced during Adderall detox.
Since Adderall alters the brain’s chemistry when Adderall is withdrawn the brain is thrown into a state of hyperactivity. Dopamine levels in the brain are depleted and require a period of time in order to ‘restock’.
During the ‘acute’ detox period clients can feel sad, depressed, and fatigued as a result of dopamine deficiency. Many users attempting to detox from home often ‘give in’ and relapse in order to avoid this feeling of depression.
There’s a very high risk or returning to drug use in the first few days of your detox which is why it’s so important to have a team of medical professionals supervising your Adderall drug detox.
Healthline.com explain that a “study review found that there are no drugs that can effectively treat withdrawal from amphetamine, one of the components of Adderall. That means you need to work through the symptoms of the crash.
How long the withdrawal symptoms last depend on your dosage and how long you’ve been taking the drug. Symptoms may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks”. A list of common withdrawal symptoms experienced during Adderall detoxification include:
- Intense cravings for the drug
- Anxiety and irritability
- Nausea, diarrhoea, and vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Intense hunger
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Phobias or panic attacks
- Mood swings
In addition to any prescribed medication for your withdrawal symptoms, you could also help ease the discomfort by eating nutritious foods, getting regular exercise, and sticking to a regular sleep schedule.
Practise some breathing techniques or meditation to create a calm space before you fall asleep; this can contribute greatly to a more comfortable recovery from Adderall.
What happens after Detox?
Withdrawal symptoms typically reduce within 5-10 days after Adderall was last consumed. Once detox is complete clients attend therapy and counselling sessions. Now the aim of rehab is to treat the underlying psychological causes of Adderall addiction.
Aftercare and Relapse Prevention
Once therapy sessions have concluded, we can create a tailored relapse prevention and aftercare plan to suit your specific needs; this is provided free of charge for twelve months after leaving our Adderall rehab. We also encourage clients to attend Narcotics Anonymous groups in their local area. Aftercare sessions take place every Saturday at our rehabilitation centre in North London.
Cassiobury Court is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre located in London. To learn how we can help you to overcome your drug addiction, please click here. Call today on 01923 369 161 or complete the enquiry form.