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Adderall Addiction Stories

Many people who get trapped in the cycles of addiction frequently begin abusing medications prescribed by a physician for themselves or others.  Adderall addiction stories are therefore not an anomaly, especially between the teenager and college years.  

For instance in Caitlin’s addiction story, when her life spun out of control as a teenager, she went searching for anything that would help her self-medicate away feelings of depression.  “I snorted Adderall alone in the bathroom for lunch every day in school my sophomore year” Caitlin confessed.  Adderall was one of several prescription and illicit drugs that eventually contributed to the development of the disease of addiction.  In the ensuing years as a result of addiction, Caitlin’s life took a decidedly downward spiral that led to numerous traumatic experiences including drug overdose and mental illness.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Adderall is an amphetamine stimulant medication used to treat children, adolescents and adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  In 2005, twelve American children who were taking Adderall reportedly experienced sudden death syndrome.  While this alarming incident temporarily reduced the number of Adderall prescriptions dispensed in the years immediately following these death, the use of this drug has begun to peak again in recent years.  

Studies show the use of Adderall by women age 26 to 39 have increased by approximately 750% in the last decade or so.  Many of these women are not using the drug for ADHD but to help them cope with the demands of living in a modern, fast paced society.  

An ABC news report recounted the story of Betsy Degree whose addiction to Adderall began when she stole a pill prescribed for one of her children that had been diagnosed with ADHD.  Overwhelmed by the demands of being a mother of four, Degree said she took the drug in a moment of desperation.  According to Degree, the addiction to Adderall was almost immediate and put her on a dangerous life-long struggle with addiction. Later when she did not have access to the drug she turned to meth to support her addiction which led to the loss of her business and a close call to losing her children. In addition to staying on top of domestic issues and caring for children, women in school are using Adderall to help keep them alert to study or take exams. Others use this drug as an energy source to help them cope with hectic careers and even as a weight loss.

According to the ABC report, registered nurse, Joani Gammil reportedly started consuming Adderall after learning from reading a book, how to lie to her doctor to prescribe the drug.  As such, doctors warn that the use of this drug for purposes other than the treatment of ADHD is getting out of control. The increasing demand for Adderall beyond the treatment of ADHD has also created increased accessibility through resources other than prescriptions written by physicians.  Adderall can available from online sources, medication sharing and drug dealers.  

Although the recreational use of drugs like Adderall has almost become commonplace, many individuals are recognizing and manifesting the negative effects of this abuse of this drug such as:

  • Dependence and addiction
  • Transition to illicit drugs like Methamphetamine
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Mental disorders such as amphetamine-induced schizophrenia
  • Potentially life-threatening cardiac problems

Treatment for Adderall dependence centers around assisting the patient to safely eliminate the toxic accumulation of drugs through a medical detox process and addressing addictive patterns of behavior.  Although withdrawal symptoms produced by stimulant do not typically require emergency medical intervention, the level of discomfort caused by Adderall withdrawal symptoms can cause the addict to resume use of this drug before completing the elimination process.  

As such, a medically assisted Adderall detox can alleviate the discomfort and stabilize any emotional and physical symptoms that may be exacerbated by the withdrawal process. After successfully completing the detoxification process, it is important to address the core issues that led the addiction in the first place.  Effective care will also seek to treat any medical problems that may have developed because of the chronic use of this drug as well as provide relapse prevention education and training to support long term sobriety.

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