Adderall Addiction: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment Options

Adderall is an FDA-approved prescription medication used as a treatment option for those with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. When used as prescribed, it can be a helpful stimulant to help easily-distracted users remain alert and focused. When used without a prescription, however, Adderall may be used to achieve feelings of euphoria, stay awake, improve focus, or suppress appetite. It is easy to see how Adderall can be easily misused. Over time, a user can develop a tolerance, meaning they will need higher or more frequent doses of the drug to get the desired effect—potentially leading to abuse, dependence, and addiction. 

Learn more about the causes and symptoms of Adderall addiction below, and find out what you can do to treat and overcome this addiction. 

What Causes Adderall Addiction?

Adderall addiction occurs when users either take more than their prescribed dosage, take the drug for longer periods of time than prescribed, or take Adderall more frequently than prescribed. 

According to Recovery Village, a medically-reviewed source on substance abuse, most Adderall prescriptions typically range from 5 to 60 milligrams (mg) total per day, with most immediate and extended release dosages typically being between 5mg to 40mg per day. Immediate-release dosages last 4-6 hours, while extended-release dosages last between 10-12 hours. 

Given its relative ease of availability (prescription-permitting) and high risk for abuse, Adderall can be easily over-consumed by anyone taking the drug—especially students, athletes, workaholics, and people with a history of drug use. 

What Are The Symptoms of Adderall Addiction?

Adderall is abused when users take it to achieve feelings of euphoria—as opposed to the mental performance effects it is prescribed for. While the immediate effects feel good for a time, as the drug wears off it can cause users to feel increasingly anxious, lethargic, or irritable. Over time, as the body adapts to the increase in usage or frequency, many users need more Adderall for it to have the same effect, leading to a negative cycle of uncontrollable use. 

This frequently causes users to exhibit drug-seeking behaviors, such as crushing or snorting Adderall to increase or hasten its effects, become socially withdrawn (as if retreating into themselves), or spending a substantial amount of time (or money) seeking out the drug. Moreover, as Adderall wears off and gradually leaves their system, users can also experience physical symptoms of withdrawal, such as restlessness, insomnia, dizziness, fatigue, a fast heart rate or high blood pressure, and even depression. 

How Adderall Addiction is Treated

While there are currently no approved medications to help treat or prevent an addiction to Adderall, what works is detoxification in slow, gradual doses. This involves abstaining from the drug for a significant period of time, allowing the bloodstream to be free of its toxins and the body (and brain) to heal fully. 

Unfortunately, symptoms of withdrawal—mental, emotional, and physical symptoms of removing the drug from the body—are often very uncomfortable and stressful, making it incredibly difficult to treat their Adderall addiction alone. This is where rehabilitation treatment with the help of a certified addiction treatment specialist can help. 

Doctors, addiction-treatment specialists, and other recovery professionals can help make the withdrawal process easier to manage by slowly lowering the dosage of use (a process known as tapering), and providing other interventions that can help you learn to live fully. In rehab, you will learn to change other unhealthy behaviors, which may be negatively affecting your relationships, mood, or mental or emotional life. 

Get Help for Adderall Addiction

Are you experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms of repeated or frequent Adderall use? Are you worried you might have an Adderall addiction? 

The Last Resort Recovery is here to help. As a specialized rehab center designed for men, we can help you overcome your Adderall addiction in the comfort of our 55-acre ranch, and in the care of our expert team of substance abuse treatment specialists. We provide 45 to 90-day rehabilitation programs, offered to help encourage long-term recovery and prevent relapse. 

Our team of addiction treatment specialists would be happy to discuss our many treatment programs with you. To learn more, give us a call or contact us online today!