You probably have heard of recreational ADHD (Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) medicine used to improve performance in many different areas such as testing performance, athletics, or other skills that require intense concentration. But what you may not know is that it is a drug that you can easily get hooked on, and is often difficult to detect. Adderall is a type of amphetamine, which is a central nervous stimulant, that calms the tendency to be impulsive but releasing dopamine. It is used to improve patients’ focus who suffer from ADHD and other distractive behaviors due to the calming effect. It can quickly be abused due to its capacity to be involved with the brain’s “operation control center”. The intricacies of how Adderall affects user’s brains can be found on Activist Facts.

The image of a drug abuser may yield a drastic mental picture, but Adderall is a highly addictive drug that is not so easily characterized. Someone that is overusing Adderall may demonstrate a happy or cheerful exterior, but on the inside be exhausted and run down. Some symptoms of Adderall abuse are: lifestyle changes, behavioral changes, mood changes, extreme exhaustion, and weight loss. It is also possible to overdose on Adderall in extreme cases.

Lifestyle changes can manifest themselves in an increased attention towards small details or an initially improved transcript, despite a seemingly small increase in effort. The behavior is positively rewarded because of this, and it is encouraged to retake Adderall to continue the upward trend. Mood changes are also associated with this newfound focus, and individuals using Adderall are known for being energetic, “jittery”, and overall very happy. As with lifestyle changes, this new mental state can persuade the user to do it more often. Behavior changes may show similar effects. However, excessive anger and short-tempers are frequently associated with Adderall usage in children and young adults. Physical indicators of Adderall abuse include: dry mouth, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, headaches, nausea, stomach pain, and seizures.

RECREATIONAL ADDERALL USE IS NOT “SAFE”, DESPITE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD

In many studies from the National Institute of Biotechnology Information, people who used non-prescription stimulants were found to be more inclined to abuse other substances as well. This is why ending a possible Adderall or amphetamine addiction can prevent the use of other more serious drugs. Even just a chronic use of Adderall can lead to hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. It can also generate anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide if it is not taken enough. Drastic weight loss can affect internal organ repair, and fatigue is typically associated with habitual use. If left untreated, the heart can become weak and leave the individual predisposed for heart disease or heart failure.

At Asana Recovery, we offer inpatient drug rehab programs that reverse patients’ habits and behavior through cognitive behavioral therapy and group support. We offer a safe and comfortable environment where all addictions are treated with the gravity and importance that they demand. Through our treatment program, patients are able to reconnect with their prior interests, relationships, and learn coping skills. To learn more about how we can help you or a loved one overcome stimulant addiction, contact us at (949) 348- 4504.