Adderall Addiction

girl with adderall addiction getting treatment at the beach

Adderall is a prescription stimulant most often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It adjusts the proportions of certain neurotransmitters in the brain to promote improved focus and moods. When used as prescribed and by people with a proper diagnosis, the medication can be very helpful. However, many people abuse Adderall, which quickly leads to tolerance of the drug and them seeking Adderal addiction help. 

When a person builds tolerance, they must use more of the drug to achieve the desired effect. With Adderall being severely habit-forming, many find themselves in the throes of a full-blown addiction. Transcend Recovery Community works directly with individuals seeking Adderall addiction treatment.

What Is Adderall Addiction?

When taken as directed with an accurate diagnosis such as ADHD, Adderall acts by calming the brain and allowing better concentration. Unfortunately, Adderall has become much more accessible to people without a medical need for the medication, frequently leading to addiction.

Adderall addiction typically begins with an emotional dependence upon the medication. The person using the drug feels it brings positive aspects to their life, such as being able to work longer and harder, losing weight, etc. As a result, the person continues to use the drug to achieve desirable outcomes. When the drug has run its course, the person then experiences what is known as an Adderall crash. An Adderall crash consists of symptoms like depressed mood, increased appetite, fatigue, irritability, and anxiety. Emotional dependence coupled with symptoms of withdrawal drive people to become addicted. 

Does Transcend Provide Adderall Addiction Treatment?

Transcend believes in supporting addiction recovery efforts; to this end, we work with our sister program, The Heights Treatment, to deliver top-tier recovery assistance to our clients.

As part of our program, clients have access to a certified Adderall addiction therapist. The therapist, who has trained under addiction expert Dr. Patrick Carnes, sees our clients and provides them the tools for their rehabilitation needs. We also bolster the recovery effort by supporting clients in areas, such as life skills, self-care, spirituality, and community.

As addiction is often referred to as a family disease, Transcend emphasizes the needs of both the addict as well as the family unit. We believe family understanding and support are extremely beneficial to those recovering from addiction. Our goal is to provide support and foster healing to both the addict and their loved ones throughout the treatment process.

What Are the Symptoms of Adderall Addiction and How Is It Diagnosed?

Adderall acts by boosting the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the central nervous system. This change in chemistry incites a rewarding feeling and alters the speed at which people respond to events. People abusing Adderall often feel more focused, alert, and perhaps euphoric. Addicts tend to crave these effects, which leads them to seek more of the drug. Some symptoms of addiction include but are not limited to:

  • Being unable to intentionally stop using the drug
  • Being unable to get through tasks that require concentration without Adderall
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms whenever the drug isn’t accessible
  • Spending both time and money on the use of and recovery from the drug
  • Overusing the drug, despite knowledge of the harm that it’s causing
  • Prioritizing the drug over other critical areas of life

Is It Hard to Get Off Adderall?

It is vital to understand there is an average level of dependence to be expected when taking Adderall. Being on the drug for prolonged periods of time alters the brain’s chemistry, leading to dependence. Levels of dependence vary between people based on factors such as length of time using the drug, method of use (i.e. orally, snorting, injecting), and dose amount. 

Those addicted to Adderall frequently find it impossible to quit on their own due to withdrawal symptoms. Fear of withdrawal often results in people continuing to abuse the drug. While quitting and recovering from Adderall addiction is not easy, it is also not impossible.

Transcend understands the challenging nature of recovery, and continuously provides tremendous support to clients during the process. Our treatment offerings and techniques provide clients with a sense of empowerment and mental fortitude needed to conquer their addiction.

Are There Adderall Addiction Treatment Centers Near Me?

Transcend believes everyone should have the opportunity to live a healthy and addiction-free life. Thanks to our partnership with The Heights Treatment, we have Adderall addiction treatment centers set up in Houston and Los Angeles. If you or a loved one are seeking treatment, we implore you to call us to discuss your options for a successful recovery. 

Call the recovery specialists at Transcend today at 800-208-1211 or use our contact us form to see how joining the Transcend community can change your life.