The controlled substance, Adderall, is a central nervous system stimulant that is frequently prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD), but can also be used to treat narcolepsy. Adderall is effective in helping individuals who have been diagnosis with ADD and ADHD, because it increases focus and attention, decreases hyperactivity, and reduces or eliminate impulsive behavior. For people with an attention disorder, it can be almost impossible to concentrate in class or at work, and even maintaining interest and alertness in social situations can be difficult.
Completing assignments, studying, and meeting deadlines is incredibly challenging for these individuals, and impairs their performance. Adderall not only gives ADD and ADHD individuals the capability of fulfilling these tasks, but it also provides them with the motivation to do so. Due to the drug’s high success rates in assisting people with attention disorders to have increased focus, longer attention span, and sometimes over accomplish when it comes to daily tasks and completing work, Adderall abuse has become a wide-spread issue among college students. Many college students are overworked and overtired, due to having a large course load, sizable workload and spending countless hours studying, in addition to the drinking and partying that goes hand-in-hand with college.
Finding the time, energy, and proficiency to tend to all the responsibilities that college students have is difficult, especially with the endless temptations to drink and party with friends. As a result, a great deal of students turn to other, illegal methods to help them complete their work and get through the day. Adderall drug abuse is most commonly seen on college campuses during midterms and finals week, as students begin to cram for exams, finish projects, and write lengthy papers. Many students are forced to stay up all night studying and completing work in order to meet deadlines and prepare for exams.
A common misconception is that Adderall is safe to consume without having an ADD/ADHD diagnosis, because it is a prescription drug prescribed by a doctor and not an illegal street drug. In addition, because most people without a prescription obtain Adderall from friends, rather than buying it off the street, the degree of dangerousness behind the drug’s consumption is greatly decreased in the eyes of the user. Oftentimes, people do not consider taking Adderall without a prescription to be illegal, because of how many people are prescribed the drug, the drug’s easy availability, and it’s abundance across college campuses. Students who abuse Adderall recognize that the drug is enhancing their ability to perform and helping them achieve better grades, and therefore have trouble distinguishing the drug as harmful because they are receiving positive results academically. However, it is risky for individuals who do not have an attention disorder to abuse Adderall because it can significantly increases one’s blood pressure and heart-rate, which in the event of an overdose, can result in a heart attack.
The possibility of an overdose or heartattack is also more likely when used in combination with other drugs such as alcohol or prescription narcotics, which are also common drugs of abuse among college students. When abused, Adderall can cause mood swings, insomnia, lack of appetite, changes in sex drive, anxiety, and a potential for addiction. A person who abuses Adderall may become fixated on the drug’s effects, whether it be due to a competitive edge in school or sports, to lose weight, or to acquire more energy and motivation. These desired effects can result in an Adderall addiction after long-term abuse.
Although people who abuse Adderall or who have an Adderall addiction may see positive results in the beginning, long-term use of the drug can actually lead to opposing effects. The individual may become overly tired and unstable from a lack of both sleep and food consumption, causing a decrease in brain functioning and concentration. Eventually the individual who was once chemically balanced – unlike a person with ADD/ADHD who needs this medication – will become chemically imbalanced and mentally, emotionally, and physically unstable. Their performance inside and outside of school will decline, they may begin to experience financial problems, their life may become consumed by acquiring more Adderall, and they will continue to chase the positive high to achieve the once positive, desirable high.
Adderall drug abuse and Adderall addiction are regularly seen among students, generally college students. These are problems that must be dealt with properly and professionally by a qualified treatment center. It can be difficult for people abusing Adderall to view their use as an issue if they are noticing improvements being made on their life because of the drug. It is important for students to understand that although taking Adderall may help them, it is only a matter of time before they suffer negative consequences or develop an addiction. If you or someone you love is abusing Adderall or is dependent on Adderall, it is important to reach out for help.
Licensed and certified rehabilitation facilities offer comprehensive treatment programs that are effective in helping individuals overcome addiction and fully improve their health and well-being. Pick up the phone and dial an addiction specialist today to learn more about Adderall addiction treatment and how to find the best facility for this for you or your loved one. Call 877-214-6008 to learn more.
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