Adderall has been a great help in improving the mental health of people worldwide. Its ability to effectively treat the symptoms of ADHD and narcolepsy is incomparable to any other. However, behind the miracle-like properties of this drug is an epidemic of people abusing the drug.

Adderall was founded by the US-based pharmaceutical company Richwood Corporation. Furthermore, it was initially formulated as an instant-release ADHD medication. However, a few decades later an extended releases version of the drug was released to satisfy the demand for a longer lasting variety of Adderall.

Adderall Addiction

The United States’ Food and Drug Administration has issued a memo categorizing Adderall as a Schedule II drug. This category means that the drug has a high potential for abuse and potential; thus, one must exercise great caution in taking the drug.

Abusing the drug or misusing it for an extended period poses a significant risk of physical and psychological dependence. Other than addiction, abuse can also result in various adverse side effects that can turn fatal if not corrected immediately.

Studies have shown that Adderall also possesses cognitive and physical performance enhancement properties. Hence, it is no wonder that the group of people that most commonly abuse the drug include students and athletes.

In fact, there have been calls to ban the drug during school examination periods due to students abusing the drug for the hopes of getting higher marks. Furthermore, most athletic associations have already banned their athletes from taking the drug for purposes other than those that are health related.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Individuals who have acquired an addiction to the drug may at some point wish to turn their lives around. Hence, some of them may try their best to stop abusing or taking the medication altogether. However, people must know that immediately stopping the drug abuse may not always be the safe option.

The method described above is called the cold turkey method. Moreover, it is a person’s attempt to stop their drug addiction by ultimately seizing the intake of the drug. However, doing this could shock the body which could result in withdrawal symptoms greater than other quitting methods. (1)

We’ve listed below some of the Common withdrawal symptoms of those trying to get over their Adderall addiction:

  • Intense hunger
  • Intense craving for more Adderall
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Panic attacks
  • Unhappiness
  • Panic  attacks
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

 Rehabilitation For Adderall Addiction

Adderall addiction is something easy to acquire if one takes the drug outside the prescription of a doctor. As with any addiction, it can also be tough to get over with unless the patient goes under professional care and rehabilitation. Luckily, most rehabilitation centers offer two types of rehabilitation to suit the patient’s preferences. (2)

We’ve listed below the two kinds of rehabilitation approaches:

  • In Patient Rehabilitation: There are some patients that patients whose addiction are so severe that they would need doctors to monitor their actions 24/7. Firstly, one benefit of inpatient rehab is that there is a higher probability of the treatment succeeding; however, one drawback is that it costs more due to board and lodging fees.
  • Out Patient Rehabilitation: Some patients may prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes where they can have the support of their loved ones. Being an out-patient, a person can have the same freedom as they had before except for the occasional scheduled visits to the rehab center.

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Shoptaw, S., K. U., Heinzerling, K., & Ling, W. (2009). Treatment for amphetamine withdrawal. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.