Adderall is commonly prescribed to adolescents, which can lead some to assume that the medication is harmless. This assumption is common and woefully misguided. It is true that Adderall—the brand name for a prescription amphetamine—is taken by both children and adults to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, it is a serious drug that requires medical oversight. Over two million Americans use stimulant drugs as prescribed to treat their ADHD. Yet this medication can be addictive. If you or a loved one is struggling with Adderall abuse or addiction, an adderall addiction treatment program can help.
As with any prescription medication taken without a doctor’s supervision or sanction, Adderall can become dangerous. Just because it is FDA-approved does not mean it is safe for everyone. Adderall abuse on college campuses is on the rise as increasing numbers of students are desperate to improve their academic performance and mistakenly believe that because children can take it, it can’t hurt them.
If you are concerned about your use of Adderall or other stimulant ADHD medications or have a loved one who is abusing such drugs, learn more by calling Serenity Light Recovery today at 855.658.6109 or using our online form.
Common Signs of Adderall Abuse
The colloquially named study drug stimulates the parts of the brain that control focus and attention, and time-release Adderall is particularly popular among college students as it stays active in the system for hours. It interferes with the functioning of a normal brain, and those who use it can become dependent quickly.
- You can tell that Adderall and similar stimulants are being abused whenever someone:
- Uses the medication without a prescription for unauthorized use or to get high
- Combines it with alcohol or other drugs
- Takes a prescription intended for someone else
- Snorts, smokes, or injects crushed tablets
- Exceeds the prescribed dose
Adderall abuse manifests similarly to abuse of other strong stimulant drugs. Symptoms can include anxiety and panic, racing thoughts, pressured speech, disproportionate or uncharacteristic extroversion or excitability, nausea, excessive focus, and time spent acquiring the drug.
Adderall Abuse on College Campuses
It is estimated that between 10 and 15% of college students abuse Adderall—almost twice as many men as women. Among non-college abusers of the drug, those percentages reverse, with women using at twice the rate of men.
Emergency room visits by people overdosing on Adderall and similar drugs have risen steeply over the last decade. Even as prescriptions for Adderall are declining, abuse of these drugs is still rising. Because young people erroneously assume the drug is “basically safe,” they are unaware of its side effects or risks to their health.
Side effects of Adderall abuse can be serious and include:
- Heartbeat irregularity
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Increased blood pressure
Long-term health consequences include cardiovascular problems, addiction, and psychiatric comorbidities. If you are a college student or live or work on a college campus, please be aware of the prevalence of prescription stimulant abuse and its health risks. These can be scary, but they are treatable with appropriate professional addiction care.
Serenity Light Recovery Can Help
Serenity Light Recovery can guide you or your loved one safely to wellness. We understand that college students experience tremendous stressors—academic, social, and financial. If you or a loved one have turned to Adderall or another prescription stimulant or study drug to help cope, it’s never the wrong time to reach out to us to learn more about our prescription drug addiction treatment center.
Let the Serenity Light Recovery staff answer your questions about our compassionate, evidence-based professional care provided in a safe, tranquil environment. Reach out today via our online form or by calling us at 855.658.6109.