Adderall is a prescribed stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. However, the misuse of the drug is common in the United States, especially among high school and college students. The National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health found that in 2010, 11.4 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 25 used prescription drugs, and full-time college students were twice as likely to misuse Adderall compared to those of the same age group who were not in school. A July 2017 study published in the Addictive Behaviors journal reported data that was collected from approximately 7,300 college students without ADHD. Nearly 30 percent said they believed that using Adderall or similar stimulants would improve their grades, but many medical professionals refute the belief that there is a direct connection between the drug and improved grades.
Adderall misuse is also common among young adults. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found a 67-percent increase in Adderall misuse in recent years among adults who didn’t have ADHD. Because of the rise in Adderall misuse, many people have questions about the drug, including inquiries about rehabilitation options. Whether you or a family member or friend is suffering from substance use disorder, The Recovery Village can help answer some of your concerns. Receiving answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the stimulant can help you learn what the best Adderall treatment plan is.
Adderall affects the brain and increases energy, puts people in a better mood, and increases focus. Those who misuse Adderall believe that the stimulant can help complete assignments, either at work or school. People with ADHD can benefit from taking a prescribed dosage of Adderall after consulting a doctor. Additionally, Adderall can prevent overwhelming daytime drowsiness.
However, consistent misuse of the stimulant can create a tolerance, which requires larger doses to receive the desired effects. This can happen even with a prescribed amount of the drug, although it’s more common among people who misuse Adderall. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, The Recovery Village can provide a personalized treatment program to help.
Adderall addiction should not be taken lightly. The most effective drug treatment options are ones that take place in a medical facility and under the guidance of trained professionals. The first step for people is realizing they are addicted to the stimulant. Some of the common signs of Adderall misuse include:
- Inconsistent sleeping patterns
- Weight loss or lack of appetite
- Fast talking or incomplete thoughts
- Wide discrepancies in energy level
- Aggressive behavior, such as violent outbursts or risk-taking
- Financial problems
- Decline in personal hygiene
- Missing days at work or school
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
- Reduced sex drive
After taking Adderall for an extended period of time, or at a high dosage, it can be challenging to no longer take the drug. The body becomes dependent on the stimulant and without it reacts negatively within days. People who suddenly stop taking Adderall can experience an overwhelming amount of fatigue and drowsiness, a lack of energy, depression, and suicidal thoughts. The body can rely on the drug’s presence to fire off certain receptors in the brain that help people feel energetic or in a good mood.
Those are just some of the withdrawal symptoms that people often experience during detoxification. Since some symptoms can be physically dangerous or lead to suicidal thoughts, at-home detoxification can lead to recurring drug use and increased dependency. One of the best treatment options for any substance use disorder is with an accredited medical facility. The Recovery Village has locations available throughout the country, and doctors can build a plan specific to meet the client’s needs. Co-occurring mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression, are common among those suffering from addiction. The Recovery Village offers treatment for mental health issues at each of its facilities and for eating disorders at select locations. Additionally, Adderall addiction is often tied to eating disorders, which can also be addressed at some of The Recovery Village locations.
Addiction can be a tall obstacle, but with the right help, it is possible to live without dangerous substances. The Recovery Village has representatives available to assist. Call today to learn more about Adderall treatment options and the next step to begin recovery. With help from The Recovery Village, a healthier and better life is within reach.
No matter where a person lives, The Recovery Village likely has a facility conveniently located nearby to begin Adderall addiction treatment. With centers in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio and Washington, The Recovery Village offers multiple levels of care for Adderall addiction, including:
- Medical detoxification
- Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation
- Partial hospitalization
- Residential treatment
Additionally, some locations include amenities for clients to enjoy during their stay. These range from exercise equipment to therapy practices, with some features, only offered at specific centers:
- Swimming pools
- Basketball courts
- Exercise gyms
- Putting greens
- Volleyball courts
- Yoga programs
- Ping pong tables
- Computer labs
- Walking trails
- Pool tables
Learn more about each of The Recovery Village’s treatment centers and find one that fits your or your loved one’s needs, whether it’s a location close to home or an out-of-state facility. If someone needs treatment in a location not offered by The Recovery Village, they can use The Recovery Village’s database of rehabilitation resources for each state.
People can overdose from Adderall. As a chemical dependence forms for the stimulant, so can a tolerance. The body requires larger dosages to achieve the same desired effects, and this can lead to taking dangerous amounts of Adderall.
Overdose amounts vary for each individual. For some, an overdose requires a smaller dosage than others. Anywhere from 70–100 mg of the drug is generally viewed as dangerous, but a dosage as low as 30 mg could still be harmful. Dosage amounts vary based on numerous factors, including:
- Height and weight
- Personal history of misuse
- Family’s history of addiction
It is recommended to take Adderall only as prescribed by a doctor. Misusing Adderall, either without or in addition to doctor’s orders, can be dangerous and even lethal.
If someone misuses Adderall long enough, and grows a tolerance over time, overdose becomes more likely. Initial signs of an overdose include:
- Visible twitching
- Irregular pulse
- Fever or a rising body temperature
- Body shakes
- Uncoordinated movement or clumsiness
- Discolored urine
- Trouble breathing
- Diarrhea or stomach cramps
- States of panic
What To Do During an Adderall Overdose
If someone has shown these signs and is believed to be taking Adderall, this could be an Adderall overdose emergency:
- Call 911 immediately.
- Gather information to provide to emergency responders, including age, pre-existing conditions, drug allergies, drug/alcohol use and the amount of Adderall taken.
- Keep the individual in a safe environment, away from anything that can potentially injure them in the event of a seizure, such as objects with sharp edges.
Treating an Adderall overdose as quickly as possible increases the likelihood of a full recovery. Once the person is stable, it is recommended they begin detoxification and rehabilitation under medical supervision.
There are also medications to help stabilize someone who has overdosed. Benzodiazepines are common drugs used for people struggling with Adderall addiction. Other medicines may also be administered to manage hypertension. If necessary, doctors might use an esophagus tube to remove the drug from a person’s system.
Don’t let an Adderall addiction reach this stage. Seek medical help and begin the recovery process from drug addiction and substance use disorder.
Not every client’s rehabilitation from Adderall is the same. Some might need a longer, more-extensive rehabilitation program, while other people require less time before moving on to the next stage of recovery. However, rehabilitation is an important foundation to a successful recovery. Clients can manage physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms while digging into the root of their substance use disorder.
Starting with an assessment from medical professionals, The Recovery Village provides an extensive and highly rated drug rehab program. Clients experience detoxification under the guidance of doctors and nurses and receive 24-hour care to maximize comfort. Once all drug toxins are removed and most withdrawal symptoms subside, clients can move on to the next phase of rehab, which can include individual, group, and family therapy sessions, along with learning ways to cope with addiction after leaving The Recovery Village.
Each of The Recovery Village’s facilities offers levels of care to help clients battle Adderall addiction. Call today and complete the brave first step, and speak with a representative who can answer questions about the rehab process.
During inpatient rehabilitation, clients live at one of The Recovery Village facilities and interact daily with doctors, nurses and therapists. Clients receive 24-hour attention, if needed, to address any concerns or respond to any issues. This includes managing psychological withdrawal symptoms and cravings that might persist after detoxification. The length of inpatient rehab varies for each client. Typically, inpatient rehab lasts between 30 and 45 days.
Oftentimes, people who suffer from drug addiction would benefit if removed from a negative home environment or social life. Inpatient rehab can provide the necessary positive change of scenery. Nutrition plans are made for each client and some locations offer exercise gyms, basketball and volleyball courts, yoga therapy sessions and other activities. Additional aspects of inpatient rehab for Adderall addiction include:
- Comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning
- 24-hour nursing care
- Medication management
- Meetings with a psychiatrist
- Aftercare and discharge planning
Inpatient rehab is a more intensive part of the rehabilitation program. While it is not required — and some clients elect to skip straight to outpatient rehab — it can lead to a stronger recovery.
Outpatient rehab offers most, if not all, of the same aspects as inpatient rehabilitation. The main difference is the client is not living full time at one of the treatment centers. At The Recovery Village, you or your loved one can live at home and continue managing day-to-day responsibilities. This includes continuing school or work attendance, taking care of family members and completing house chores.
There are many types of rehabilitation programs, including daily or weekly outpatient treatment and residential inpatient care. This can depend on the needs of each individual, the Adderall dosage prior to beginning the rehab program, whether they have been through drug rehab before and how long withdrawal symptoms last after detox.
Many of the components from inpatient rehab remain for outpatient rehab. Individual, group and family therapy sessions are available for clients recovering from Adderall addiction. Sober-living housing also may be an option. Additionally, The Recovery Village centers offer treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders. Issues such as anxiety or depression are common for people suffering from substance use disorder and The Recovery Village makes a point to help clients address both during their recovery.
We can help answer your questions and talk through any concerns.
Connecting you or your loved one to the necessary help is The Recovery Village’s top priority. However, finances can be a challenging part of finding quality Adderall addiction treatment. Some people elect not to seek a proper drug rehab program due to financial constraints. Electing to bypass a proper Adderall rehab program could lead to greater dependence on the stimulant or physical injuries, even death. Proper treatment is worth the cost and many insurance programs can help cover the costs.
The Recovery Village offers an online health insurance verification systemto help you. This estimates in-network and out-of-network deductibles, coinsurance percentages and out-of-pocket maximums to help you plan the cost of Adderall rehab. In just a few clicks, you’ll have the necessary answers about what your health insurance offers. The Recovery Village also compiled a list of six questions for clients to ask their insurance provider. These can help you determine out-of-pocket costs associated to treatment plans.
Some of top insurance companies with drug rehabilitation coverage include:
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
- United Behavioral Health
- United Healthcare
- Health Net
- Mutual of Omaha
- Coventry Healthcare
Recovering from Adderall addiction can be a challenging task, but a drug-free life is attainable. Facing drug addiction is not easy, but your future does not have to include Adderall addiction. There are ways to move past dependency on drugs like Adderall. Call today to discuss options and allow The Recovery Village to help you make an important step.
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