Adderall is a prescription drug that is commonly prescribed to treat ADHD (also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and sometimes to treat seizures and seizure disorders. This prescription drug is a stimulant medication that is actually the combination of two different stimulant drugs in one. The two drugs that make up Adderall are amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
This highly addictive stimulant can cause a variety of health and mental issues for those who abuse it. For addiction help and recovery information, call Drug Rehab Centers Stamford at (203) 242-8288.
Many people may think it counter-intuitive and illogical to prescribe a stimulant to treat a disorder that involves hyperactivity. However, what Adderall does is to trigger the release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine, while being known as the chemical in the brain that causes a person to feel pleasure, also activates and stimulates the brain. This actually enhances a person’s ability to focus and concentrate, and therefore is the ideal medication to treat ADHD (though it is still an ironic situation to be sure).
In studies performed in 2006 and 2007, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that the demographic group most likely to engage in non-medical use (also known as abuse) of Adderall was full-time college students between the ages of 18 and 22. In fact, they were two times more likely to have abused Adderall in the past year than people of the same age group who were not full-time students.
Those who abuse Adderall are also more likely to also abuse other drugs. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 28.9 percent of those who abused this drug within the last year had also used cocaine. 79.9 percent had used marijuana during that same time period.
Signs of Adderall Addiction and Abuse
Signs of Adderall Withdrawal
Treatment Options for Adderall Addiction
Treatment for Adderall addiction begins with the recovering addict going through detox. Medical detox provides compassionate monitoring and support as well as any needed medical interventions throughout the detox process. This keeps the recovering addict safe during the withdrawal process and keeps them from relapsing in the middle of detox.
The mental aspects of Adderall addiction are treated with group and individual therapy to help a person understand the reasons they developed an addiction and to develop coping strategies to deal with those underlying issues and to prevent future relapse. Additional treatments may include art therapy, restorative yoga, chiropractic care and acupuncture.
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