Adderall abusers often display unusual behaviors such as rambling speech and excessive excitability. Health risks can range from an irregular pulse to an overdose.
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Signs of Adderall Abuse
Adderall abusers can powerful stimulant. It is difficult to tell when someone abuses the drug. Adderall is often abused to increase alertness and productivity. These are usually motivated people who don’t fit the stereotype of a drug user. Adderall abuse is most often seen among students and young professionals.
Anyone can benefit from stimulants. Many young people, especially those with ambition and drive, value or enjoy that feeling. We must realize that they are potential drug addicts. Drug addicts look different now.
– Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. DeAnsin Parker, New York Times, 2013
Adderall abusers can detected by:
- Loss of appetite
- Social withdrawal
- Financial troubles
- Sleeping for long periods
- Secretive behavior
- Excessive weight loss
- Memory loss
- Relationship problems
- Personal hygiene declines
- Take pills frequently
- Financial difficulties
- Overworking or excessive concentration
- Prescriptions running out early
- Impulsive behavior
Adderall Side Effects and Dangers
Adderall abusers often believe the drug is safe because a doctor prescribed it. It can be prescribed for people with ADHD, including children. Some people think that the drug is safe since children are taking it.
Adderall can have severe and even deadly side effects. Adderall abuse can cause serious side effects, including overdose, heart attack, stroke, and liver failure. Adderall taken with alcohol increases the risk of an overdose.
The Canadian government banned the sale of Adderall XR in 2005 due to the 20 deaths associated with this drug.
Adderall may also alter the neurocircuitry of the brain. It can cause altered behavior and mental disorders such as depression. Adderall users can become suicidal if they take the drug for an extended period.
Some users inject Adderall to get a more intense “high.” This is done to deliver the drug directly into their bloodstream. The drug can be injected to achieve a more potent high, but this also increases the risk of a fatal overdose. Adderall has caused athletes to die from heat stroke and cardiac death. The International Olympic Committee has banned amphetamines, including Adderall, since 1968 due to their dangers.
Adderall abuse can have a variety of side effects.
- Heartbeat irregularities
- Loss of appetite
- Sexual dysfunction
- The following are some of the ways to reduce your risk:
- Dry Mouth
- Loss of strength
- Weight loss
- False sense-of-well-being
- Urination is frequent
- Back or side pain
- Peeling skin
Users who want immediate results often snort Adderall. The users crush the pills to a fine powder and sniff Adderall directly into their sinus cavities. Snorting Adderall can lead to an intense high. However, it also has its side effects.
The nasal and sinus cavities are destroyed when you snort pills. Adderall can cause more damage if taken in this manner for extended periods. Snorting can also increase other Adderall effects, such as an irregular heartbeat. Snorting Adderall increases the risk of an overdose.
Adderall Addiction: How to Recognize it
Adderall prescriptions increased nearly five-fold between 2002 and 2012, which made it easier for individuals to obtain the drug through a family member or friend. Their use is not stigmatized as it is with other drugs. Many people are unaware when their loved ones have a problem. Addicts have known to fake ADHD symptoms to obtain their prescriptions.
Adderall abuse is not always a sign of addiction. Adderall is indeed addictive, but it’s not necessary to function. To recognize an Adderall dependency, you need to be able to spot certain behaviors. Adderall addicts prioritize obtaining and using the drug above all else because they cannot function without it. Addicted individuals may have difficulty controlling the amount of Adderall that they consume and begin to ignore important social or family obligations.
Intervention and Next Steps
Friends and family can use interventions to convince an addict to seek help.
Loved ones must explain to the addict how much they care and wish to help them.
Stage an intervention to help someone with an Adderall addiction may seem drastic for some. It could save their lives, as many Adderall addicts don’t even realize they have a problem.
Adderall users may also abuse other drugs, such as cocaine or meth. It’s essential to seek treatment for your loved one as soon as you discover that they have a multidrug addiction.
An intervention is a carefully planned meeting between the addict and their loved ones. A specialist intervention can help you choose the right words and explain the consequences of the addict’s refusal to accept treatment. Preparing for the worst-case scenario is crucial because Adderall addicts can be violent or destructive.
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Withdrawal and Treatment
Adderall withdrawal symptoms can make it difficult for users to stop using the drug independently. Adderall addicts who quit “cold turkey” will feel the exact opposite effects of the drug. These symptoms include fatigue, lack of concentration, and a slow heartbeat.
Adderall treatments are similar to other drugs that cause addiction. Inpatient treatment allows for a safe environment free of the temptations and triggers that may have led to the addiction in the first place. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and 12-step meetings are also helpful. To explore your options, contact a treatment provider.
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