Euphoria, energy, confidence—check, check, check. Everything about Adderall is potentially addictive, despite the notion that prescription drugs, since they come from doctors, are totally safe. The reality is that a large number of Adderall users are college students who are not prescribed the drug; instead, they purchase the pills illicitly from friends, or whoever is willing to sell them. Sometimes the goal is an extra boost for studying; sometimes it’s to enhance the party experience.
Adderall affects these individuals differently than those who do have attention disorders, and presents different dangers.
What Is Adderall?
Adderall is a stimulant medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It comes in tablet form, either in immediate release form or extended. The drug is heavily regulated in the US.
For patients who take their instructed dose the correct way, Adderall offers focus and composure needed to function normally throughout the day. The drug only becomes dangerous when people take it to feel high, aka “wired.”
How Is Adderall Made?
Adderall is a synthetic medication. Its two active ingredients, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, are made in a laboratory. These are powerful stimulants are closely related to the illicit narcotic methamphetamine. Like meth, Adderall gets abusers high by causing a flood of dopamine in the central nervous system.
Just How Addictive Is Adderall?
For those with legitimate attention problems, Adderall merely corrects a deficit, putting their attention level where it should be. For those who don’t have ADHD, the drug enhances focus and mood far past the normal, healthy range. Abusers can become hooked after using the drug for just a couple of weeks. The DEA classifies Adderall as a Schedule II: highly addictive and abuse-prone, but with currently accepted medical use in the US. Skeptics who believe a legal medication couldn’t possibly be so addictive should note that cocaine and morphine also fall into the Schedule II class.
Dependence vs Addiction
This part is tricky, because dependence is a part of treatment. Users who have been taking Adderall regularly may not be able to function normally if they stop taking the drug, and they have withdrawal symptoms. But the state of mind on which they have become dependent is a healthy one–prescribed to even them out. Addiction is different. Drug addicts have a psychological compulsion to seek out their drug of choice even though it has a negative effect on their lives. Adderall addicts often change the form of the drug, by chewing, snorting, or injecting the drug instead of taking it orally.
How Does Addiction Happen?
If you’ve been prescribed Adderall for an attention disorder, you probably won’t get addicted. Still, misdiagnoses happen. If you feel a strong sense of euphoria while on Adderall, or you feel the need to increase your dosage regularly and to take more than prescribed, your chances of developing an addiction are higher.
Those who do have ADHD need to be responsible with the drug anyway, especially if they’ve been addicted to other drugs (alcohol included) in the past. The conscious decision to misuse Adderall can easily result in addiction.
Detoxing from Adderall and overcoming Adderall addiction are difficult and sometimes dangerous to do alone. Contact the pros at Treatment Now at for a consultation. It’s time to get your life back on track. It’s time to get Treatment Now.
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