Adderall Withdrawal & Detox

Although Adderall is a prescription stimulant and is safe when used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, those abusing Adderall face a high risk of developing an addiction. Attempts to quit Adderall cold turkey are often met with strong withdrawal symptoms like insomnia, extreme hunger, and irritability. The withdrawal symptoms that occur during detoxification can be both psychologically and physically painful, which often leads to relapse.

If you are looking to detox from Adderall, a doctor may recommend you undergo supervised detox as part of an Adderall addiction treatment program to minimize withdrawal symptoms and maximize support.

Adderall withdrawal symptoms are both physical and psychological.

Physical signs of Adderall withdrawal include:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Extreme hunger
  • Increased appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Urinary tract infections

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances, including vivid dreams and nightmares
  • Lack of mental clarity
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Disorientation
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
Adderall Withdrawal
While it is possible to detox from Adderall on your own, it’s most beneficial to enter a medically-supervised drug detox program. At The Recovery Village, detox is the first step in a comprehensive addiction treatment plan.

First, patients undergo a drug screening and an initial physical and mental health assessment. After helping the patient wean off of Adderall, our experienced doctors will administer detox medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can take anywhere from one day to one week to complete. Following detox, patients will be placed into a specialized program (including inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment), depending on their individual needs.

Adderall Withdrawal Medications

Adderall detox can include several medications administered during detox to help reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. These medications may vary based on the symptoms a patient experiences.

For example, many patients detoxing from Adderall experience depression, anxiety, and insomnia. In this case, doctors may prescribe:

  • Antidepressants to manage feelings of depression and thoughts of self-harm
  • Mood stabilizers to reduce feelings of stress and panic attacks brought on by anxiety
  • Sleep aids to help Adderall users get some much-needed rest

Dangers of Home Detox

It can be incredibly dangerous to detox from Adderall at home because Adderall abuse, and therefore withdrawal, involves a significant number of psychological effects. During withdrawal from Adderall you may feel depressed, experience mania or panic attacks, or consider hurting or killing yourself.

Left unsupervised, these symptoms can severely affect a person’s mental and physical health. Medically supervised Adderall detox eliminates these dangers because you will have 24-hour access to health care professionals and medications that may ease these symptoms.

Adderall Detox
If you’re thinking about getting off Adderall, it’s a long road ahead. Many Adderall addicts say the withdrawal symptoms start quickly after discontinuing use and last several months. Participating in a medically-supervised Adderall detox may help lessen these withdrawal symptoms, but studies show there is no one drug to treat Adderall withdrawal. Once detox is complete — a process that can take days or even a few weeks — treatment can begin.

Cold Turkey Adderall Withdrawal

There are two ways to detox from Adderall — slowly, over time, and all at once, also known as “cold turkey.” Both methods have their advantages, but both can be challenging to achieve at home without medical help.

Ideally, it’s best to wean off Adderall by decreasing dosage over time. This is very difficult to achieve on your own, however, because detoxing slowly at home requires a massive amount of self-control most people can’t maintain in the face of Adderall cravings. Quitting Adderall cold turkey may seem easier to control, but withdrawal symptoms are more severe during this type of drastic detox.

In both cases, for the patient’s safety and to maintain some level of comfort, it’s recommended to participate in a supervised detox at a detoxification or rehabilitation center.

While detoxing from Adderall does not cause death, a common symptom of Adderall withdrawal is suicidal thoughts. If left unchecked, Adderall withdrawal and these thoughts could lead to self-harm or suicide. For this reason, your physician may highly recommend medically supervised Adderall detox.

During detox at a treatment center like The Recovery Village, you will be monitored closely by physicians who will administer medications to relieve such symptoms and eliminate the possibility of suicidal thoughts or actions.

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Adderall Withdrawal & Detox was last modified: July 7th, 2017 by The Recovery Village