Dealing with an Adderall addict can make friends and family feel helpless. Adderall is readily available on the streets and in drug stores. If someone wants Adderall…they’ll get it. Unless that person is a minor, and you’re their legal guardian, you can’t force them into treatment. Only the courts can do that, and only if the addicts runs into serious legal trouble. Things don’t have to escalate that far, though. You, along with anyone else who cares, can help the addict make the choice on their own.
Adderall is a prescription drug used by hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States. Its stimulant effects attract the wild and the studious alike. While its intended purpose is to treat the symptoms of ADHD, many non-ADHD suffers claim they benefit as they well. Taking Adderall without a prescription for any reason is considered recreational use; recreational use for any reason is considered abuse. Most Adderall abuse happens on college campuses, which isn’t surprising, since that’s where the most partying, studying, and drug-experimentation in general occurs.
Protesting someone’s Adderall use can feel like a pointless endeavor. It can be hard to get backup, which is absolutely essential for convincing to get treatment. No matter what the experts and articles say about Adderall, Vyvanse, or any other prescription ADHD pill—these pills aren’t illegal. Doctors prescribe them, so it can’t be that bad—right? In reality, Adderall isn’t far off from methamphetamine. It even belongs to the same class, Schedule II. (Note: Two other prescription drugs on that list, Vicodin and Percocet, accounted for 68 percent of drug-related ER visits in 2014.)
Here’s what you should do: For a couple weeks or so, learn all you can about Adderall addiction. Read the literature, call a specialist. Look out for symptoms—mood swings, aggression, fatigue, poor appetite, etc—and record each instance. Search the addict’s room and bathroom for evidence, like extra pills, empty bottles, bits of crushed tablets. What you’re doing is preparing your case—not for the addict, but for everyone else: your family, their family, their friends, your friends—anyone you’ll need for the intervention. That’s the end goal: a meeting in which the addict is faced with a hard, but necessary ultimatum: From then on, they thing for which they’ll receive support is treatment. No more money, no more housing, no more getting bailed out of trouble…no more enabling.
Once you’ve got everyone on-board, contact an intervention specialist. He or she will guide your group through the intervention process, including all the usual questions you’ll probably be asked. “How long will it take?” “How can it help me?” “What if I don’t go?” “How do you know treatment will work for me?”
Adderall Addiction is a serious disease, but a highly treatable one, too. The sooner you tackle it, the better odds you have. To get started, call Treatment Now today: 844-438-8689.