Adderall Addiction in Sarasota, FL

Most people think that drug addiction is strictly limited to illegal substances and alcohol. They fail to realize the reality of prescription drug addiction and abuse that is currently plaguing the nation. Adderall addiction is one of the prescription drug abuse problems that have been on the rise in recent years. If you fear you or someone you love may have an Adderall addiction problem, now is the time to seek professional help.

Call Sarasota Drug Rehab for various options and rehab facilities for you at (941) 225-4768.

What is Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription medication most commonly prescribed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It also sometimes is used for seizures and seizure disorders, though this is less common. Adderall is a prescription stimulant, meaning it is designed to excite certain activities in the nervous system and brain. While it may seem counter-intuitive to treat a hyperactivity disorder with a stimulant, it is actually used in such patients to increase concentration and focus.

Adderall combines two stimulant drugs in one. Those two medications are amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. They each excite the nervous system in different ways but the end result is the release of dopamine which in turn stimulates operations in the brain that help with ADHD.

Why is Adderall So Addictive?

Adderall is an amphetamine. Amphetamine drugs are notoriously highly addictive (think crystal meth, which is also an amphetamine). This is due to the powerful and potent effect they have upon the brain. When a person consumes Adderall, as previously noted, it stimulates certain processes in the nervous system and brain, one of which is the release of dopamine. While dopamine helps with concentration and focus, it is also one of the main chemicals responsible for the experience of pleasure in the body.

As a person continues to abuse Adderall and to use increasingly large amounts of the drug to increase concentration (because a person builds a tolerance to the effects of the medication), the brain and nervous system begin to wait to perform certain operations until they get a signal from the drug entering the system.

When the nervous system adapts like that, it rewires itself and therefore "forgets" how to perform operations the old (pre-drug abuse) way. So, the brain and nervous system is now dependent on Adderall to release dopamine and perform other actions. This is drug addiction. And because amphetamines are potent and have a strong effect on the brain and nervous system, a person can develop this type of addiction very quickly.

What are The Signs of Adderall Abuse?

  • Stomach pain
  • Paranoia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia or losing sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Aggression
  • Slurred speech
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tremors

What are the Treatments?

Addiction to Adderall is first treated through detox. Detox breaks the physical addiction and gets the drug out of a person's system. Because Adderall withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to deal with, medical detox (detox under medical supervision in residential drug treatment) is the safest detox method and also has the highest rate of success. Once the detox process is complete, treatments include individual and group therapies, acupuncture and chiropractic care, yoga, and art and music therapies. These help to determine the causes of addictions as well as to treat stress and help the recovering addict become emotionally aware to prevent future relapse.

Adderall addiction requires treatment to be overcome. When you are ready to get help for your addiction, call Sarasota Drug Rehab at (941) 225-4768. Addiction specialist are ready and willing to help.

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