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Adderall is a type of amphetamine drug that is frequently prescribed in the USA. Adderall addiction is on the rise in the UK too, since it is one of few amphetamine drugs available on prescription. If you think you are suffering from an Adderall addiction, or that someone you love is, then call us for help.
You can reach our expert advisors on 0203 955 7700. Otherwise, you can read on for more information about addiction to Adderall.
What is Adderall?
Adderall’s medical use is as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adderall comes as an oral tablet or as an extended release tablet, meant to last all day. The amphetamine ingredient in Adderall is a stimulant, meant to boost the user’s ability to focus. Adderall works in a similar way to Xanax in that it boosts hormones in the brain which help you to avoid distraction from outside stimuli.
Adderall is often used to treat narcolepsy, since the stimulant qualities help regulate the brain’s ability to stay awake.
What does it do to you?
Adderall doesn’t much affect those who don’t have ADHD, so the only reason you would take it is to get high. It will produce a temporary euphoric affect when first used, but as tolerance builds you will need more and more Adderall to maintain that same level of high. In the end, this will lead to addiction and long term health problems.
Who gets Addicted to Adderall?
Since Adderall helps you to focus, it may be abused by students who are trying to study. It might also be abused by those who are guardians of children with ADHD, since they have access to it via prescription. It might even be abused by those who do have ADHD, but feel their tolerance is high.
The side effects of Adderall Addiction
Using Adderall outside of a prescription is Adderall abuse. Keep it up and you will end up addicted. You can even become addicted to medication that is administered on a prescription, by a doctor. Therefore, it is important that you seek and receive medical advice when using Adderall.
Some of the side effects include:
- A loss of appetite and eventual weight loss
- A dry mouth
- Stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea
- Agitation and anxiety
- High blood pressure
- Problems with blood flow in extremities
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Prolonged erections or diminished libido
- Serotonin syndrome
These side effects are particularly serious for those with co-occurring disorders. For example, if you are depressed and encounter serious depression and suicidal thoughts on Adderall, it can lead to death.
Other names for Adderall?
Adderall has a few street names that you might recognise. If someone tries to sell you some of the following, it’s probably black market Adderall:
- Black Beans
- Black Beauties
- Pepe Pills
- Double Trouble
- Christmas Trees
Don’t forget that you can get the original Adderall pills and the XR extended release version, too.
Signs someone you love is using drugs
If you suspect someone you love is hiding an addiction, looking out for the following signs can help you make the correct judgement:
- Secretive behaviour
- Lack of money
- New friend groups
- A second phone
- Drug paraphernalia such as rolled up bank notes for sniffing, needles for injecting, and papers and tobacco for smoking.
Once you have ascertained they are probably using drugs, try to approach them about it. Stay objective and don’t use blame. If their behaviour worsens, consider staging an intervention. You will find further help for husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends, work colleagues, and yourself, in our pages.
Treatment for Adderall Addiction
If you think you are suffering from an Adderall addiction and you choose to get help for it, treatment will involve a drug detox, sessions in rehab, and aftercare treatment to help you return to normal life.
If you wish to seek treatment through rehab, contact our specialist advisors to source the best rehab clinic that matches your specifications, today.
The Detox Process
Detoxing from Adderall should always be done in the safety of a medical facility. If you are any more than a mild addict, you should not attempt this at home. Detoxing means letting your body eliminate the leftover drugs and not taking any more Adderall. It will mean going through the withdrawal symptoms, which will start a few hours after you take your last dose.
Once your withdrawal symptoms have started, they will intensify for those first three days. After 3-5 days, you will start to feel these symptoms lessening. It is then that you can progress onto the rehab section of your addiction recovery.
What Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms can I expect?
Some Adderall withdrawal symptoms are:
- Changes in your mood, including agitation and depression
- You may be irritable or aggressive
- You will be fatigued
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach aches and diarrhea
- You may seem drunk
- It may give you a hangover like symptoms
Remember, the symptoms you experience and their severity will depend on varying factors, such as age, size, length of use, genes, and even the frequency in which you took Adderall.
There are plenty of options for rehab near you, whether you don’t think you can afford to go to rehab or not. There are options available on the NHS, for private paying patients, and for those who can afford luxury treatment.
Inpatient rehab treatment is the type of rehab centre you have probably seen on TV. These centres have everything in one place, so you sleep in the same building you get your therapy in. Inpatient rehab is usually private or luxury but is available on the NHS if you attend all of their prescribed sessions and everything else has failed.
A typical day in rehab for Adderall as an inpatient would start with a healthy breakfast, include exercise and hobbies, feature therapy in the morning and group or holistic work in the afternoon, and ends with you staying the night. It can last one week, two weeks, one month, or even longer.
Before the NHS will allow you a space in a private rehab clinic which they partially fund, you would have to attend all of their other methods of recovery. This would mean being seen as an outpatient by counsellors, therapists, and GPs. You would likely still detox in a hospital or clinic, but only if you had followed their directions.
Outpatient treatment is also used as an option for those who go private but have too many responsibilities to go to rehab full time. These people attend dayhab, a rehab clinic service that allows you to fit in sessions around your daytime responsibilities.
The last time we would see outpatient recovery for Adderall is when the patient is finished with full time rehab and is making the transition back to normal life.
What’s best for you?
As you can see, there are endless options in Adderall addiction recovery and there will be something that suits you. Speak to our advisors to find out which type of rehab would best suit you or visit our inpatient vs outpatient pages for more.
To make matters even more confusing, you can also have a quasi-residential rehab program. This lets you stay away from home in their accommodations but get rehab at a third location.
Secondary treatment is not uncommon once you have finished an inpatient rehab program. This term refers to easing the transition from rehab back into normal life. It is this portion of treatment that is easier if you opt for outpatient treatment, since there is no transition period. Secondary treatment is sometimes called aftercare and can include things like invitations to group sessions, workshops aimed at getting you back to work or your regular life, and help with relapsing via phone support or even online therapy.
The point of aftercare is to make the transition period out of rehab for Adderall addiction, back to your old life, without relapse.
Facts and Figures on Adderall Use in the UK
While Amphetamines were first developed over 100 years ago, it was a scientist in the 1930’s that first realised its potential to help treat hyperactive children. We have come a long way since those days, with ADHD having been a noticed medical condition as early as 1798. Adderall’s eventual release in 1996 was a long time coming.
It didn’t take long for Adderall to become a recognised addictive prescription medication in the USA, and the UK shortly followed suit. As long ago as 2018, British tabloids were reporting that our nation was hooked on Adderall. In other incidences of addiction, pop star Lilly Allen admitted she used the drug for weight loss and found herself battling addiction.
Scientific papers on Adderall addiction in the UK state that approximately 12.2 people per 100,000 in the UK suffer from ADHD. A further study equated these numbers with some 6998,148 prescriptions, which took on a massive leap from 42.7% of all ADHD sufferers to 95% over the time immediately after Adderall was introduced to the market.
Free Consultation for Adderall Addiction
If you live in England or Wales and you think you need help with an addiction to Adderall, we are your go-to service. Call us on 0203 955 7700 if you want a chat, need advice, want to draw from our knowledge base, need to find the correct rehab clinic for yourself or a loved one, or even if you just need a shoulder to cry on. We never turn any addiction away, so take advantage of our skills and knowledge and use it to conquer your addiction, today.