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- Understanding Dependency and Tolerance
- Adderall Dependence
- Effects/Side Effects
- Withdrawal and Detoxification
- Treatment for Adderall Addiction
Is Adderall Addictive?
You may be wondering, “How addictive is Adderall?” Adderall is classified as a Schedule II drug because of the potential for abuse and dependence. However, Adderall is used to treat individuals diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as well as other disorders that require the correction of chemicals found within the brain.
Understanding Dependency and Tolerance
It is possible to develop a dependency for Adderall, especially if large doses have been taken for an extended period of time. However, even if the drug has been used only for a short time, the body may become accustomed to it. Dependency means that the body has become accustomed to having the drug delivered each day and expects the chemicals to be made without an organ’s help. When this is stopped, and the drug is removed from the system, it is hard for the body to work properly. Adderall tolerance may also occur. This occurs when a person takes the drug for a period of time and then needs to increase the dose to feel the same effects. The body is capable of building up a tolerance to all forms of amphetamines, including Adderall.
Adderall substance dependence occurs when the body relies on the delivery of the drug into the system in order to function properly. Physical dependence is caused in this manner. It is a serious topic to consider if you are planning on stopping the drug. It must be tapered in order to avoid withdraw symptoms and side effects.
Adderall, and other stimulant drugs, can cause the body to create dopamine rapidly. This causes a rise of the chemical in the brain, which can lead to a dependency. When the drug is taken away, side effects and withdrawal symptoms occur. These symptoms include fatigue, depression, and problems sleeping or sleeping too much. If you notice these symptoms after prolonged use, please seek advice.
A psychological dependence on a drug occurs when a person is used to taking the drug as part of a pattern. Changing this pattern can be disruptive and can cause stress and anxiety. Psychological dependency also can occur if a person “thinks” he or she needs the drug to continue in a situation, even though that person does not actually need another dose.
Adderall is a prescription stimulant that can cause a number of side effects to occur within the body. The temperature within the body can rise, for example. Increases in blood pressure, increases in heart rate, and a decrease in appetite or sleep can occur. Other side effects can include dry mouth, headaches, and insomnia. Side effects vary depending on the individual taking the medication.
- Short-Term Effects of Adderall
- Long-Term Effects of Adderall
In the short term, Adderall is used to treat attention deficit disorder, narcolepsy, depression, and obesity (as a weight-loss drug). It is used in people of many ages, including some children who have problems concentrating due to symptoms of ADHD. Adderall helps the body release adrenaline, increases the heart rate in the body, and helps redirect blood flow to the muscles. Small dosages of Adderall can help a person feel more awake and refreshed. However, the burst of energy or refreshed feeling may wear off, leaving a patient or Adderall user irritable, depressed, and exhausted.When a patient is coming down from Adderall, he or she may or may not have symptoms. This is highly dependent on how the person is reducing the drug. If it is a “cold-turkey” stop, withdrawal symptoms can occur. However, a tapered reduction in the drug can help prevent any side effects, as the body will take over the production of the proper hormones. You can receive advice and help to decide which is right for you.
Long-term side effects of using Adderall can include feeling hostile or paranoid. Serious cardiovascular issues can occur if a person takes high doses over a period of time. This includes strokes from overdosing.
Withdrawal and Detoxification
Detox, Rehab, and Treatment Options
When someone develops a dependency on an addictive drug, detox is often taken as the first step toward sobriety. The basic goal is to cleanse the body of the drug to allow the healing process to begin.
Withdrawal symptoms from Adderall can include a number of issues such as crankiness, extreme hunger, depression, nightmares, panic attacks, and tiredness, although particular symptoms are unique to each individual and vary in severity. Withdrawal from Adderall may cause a binge crash, which is when the body does not sleep for a number of days, then sleeps extensively for a number of days following the insomnia. Detoxification and withdrawal may occur at the same time, as the body is cleansed from the drug. However, with the proper treatments and care, withdraw and detoxification can be done successfully.
Treatment for Adderall Addiction
Treatment for Adderall addition is available. People who are interested in inpatient or outpatient services should consider calling 1-877-653-9087. They can also fill out a short contact form, which will help them get the support they need.