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Adderall combines amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, two stimulants that directly affect the chemicals in your body that contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity. It is most commonly used as a treatment for attention deficit disorder and attention hyper deficit disorder, though it may also be used as a treatment for narcolepsy.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Adderall Use

Adderall causes a high that is mainly noted for instilling feelings of increased energy and invigoration. Taking Adderall, even as prescribed, can lead to a variety of negative side effects, including:

  • Irritability
  • Sleep problems
  • Restlessness

  • Suppressed appetite
  • Unhealthy weight loss
  • Dangerous cardiac issues

Complications of Adderall Abuse

Adderall is highly potent and easily obtainable, giving it a high risk for potential addiction and abuse. Addiction can create huge problems for your health, but it has an even larger impact on your personal character. Addiction often forces people to act out and behave recklessly. This can lead to problems at work and school and cause you to hurt loved ones.

Common physical complications that are associated with Adderall addiction include:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Coma

Dangers of Adderall Abuse

Sustained abuse of Adderall can lead to a variety of dangers to your health, including:

  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Hostility
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Disruptions in heart rhythms
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations

Symptoms of Adderall Addiction

Contrary to popular belief, addiction is not a physical choice. It is based on a chemical dependency. With Adderall, the drug causes a flood of dopamine to your system. This neurotransmitter is responsible for regulating motivation, reward, and general feelings of pleasure. Users may continue taking Adderall to consistently feel that sense of reward.

Some common symptoms you might notice in someone who is addicted to Adderall include:

  • Taking more Adderall than is prescribed
  • Taking Adderall for longer than it is prescribed
  • Growing tolerant of the drug
  • Withdrawals when not using the drug
  • Using Adderall to relieve stress


  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased appetite
  • Sleep disorders
  • Disconnection from those around you

Medical Intervention for Adderall Addiction

Medication can be important to your personal recovery from Adderall abuse. Pharmacological treatments can help to rebalance the chemicals in your body, combat severe withdrawal symptoms, and curb cravings. There are currently no approved treatments specifically to treat Adderall addiction, but your doctor will likely recommend behavioral treatments, primarily cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Adderall Detox Process

Detox treatment is designed to rid your body of harmful toxins to help it begin to correct chemical imbalances. This is achieved by mixing medication with a gradual tapering off of the drug.

Inpatient care remains the best option for undergoing detox. Inpatient care gives you a safe, clean, supportive environment to focus on your detox without the potential temptations that could lead to a relapse. Inpatient care also features immediate access to a professional medical staff, who can provide medication and counseling.

Find Sustainable, Lasting Sobriety

Once you’ve undergone detox, you can enter into a longer rehab program. Rehab helps you develop as a person while arming you with the tools, information, and support to combat addiction every day. It’s not always an easy fight, but rehab can prepare you for the truly difficult days.

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