Some of us don’t intend on becoming an addict. None of us wake up wanting to be a slave to a substance that can ruin our lives right in front of our faces. A lot of addicts started out maybe using for a celebration or just for a night out. Some of us start just to be curious and then slowly progressing into dependency then addiction.
Some of the most unintentional addictions come from drugs that were simply prescribed to us by a medical doctor either for an operation or from some other ailment or illness that thought could be safely controlled by prescribed medication. While most people take Adderall for legitimate medical reasons, there are many that abuse it, especially young adults and teenagers.
Prescription Drug Abuse is a Major Problem
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), prescription drug misuse can have serious medical consequences. Increases in prescription drug misuse over the last 15 years are reflected in increased emergency room visits, overdose deaths associated with prescription drugs, and treatment admissions for prescription drug use disorders, the most severe form of which is an addiction. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.
There have been many cases where prescribed drugs have been going misused. Some of the most common are:
- opioids—usually prescribed to treat pain
- central nervous system [CNS] depressants (this category includes tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics)—used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
- stimulants—most often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Some of these misused drugs, unfortunately, have started at a very young age. ADHD or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be common in young children. Adderall, an amphetamine similar to meth, is considered a central nervous system stimulant, helps those with ADHD to calm down and focus.
When taken for long periods of time, the drug may no longer control your symptoms, therefore, having to take more in order to get the right response. This can lead to physical dependency, which then may lead to an addiction.
There are also those individuals who lie in order to get prescribed the drug, so they can stay up longer, whether it be students for schoolwork, athletes to perform well, those who want to lose weight or those who just like to feel the “high.”
Adderall Abuse Leads to Addiction
Adderall can be very addictive and very dangerous, just like any other stimulant when taking large amounts. Overdose is one of the most dangerous side effects of taking large amounts of the stimulant for long periods of time an also causes heart and cardiovascular system damage such as high blood pressure and irregular heart rate along with heart attack, stroke, and liver failure.
Adderall can also lead to changes in the brain physically, which can lead to uncommon behaviors and can developmental disorders such as depression. In some cases, it had been known to cause psychosis and schizophrenia-like symptoms, like hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and other behavioral or mood swings. When going through withdrawals, mood swings, such as heightened aggression and suicidal thoughts, will be the most noticeable side effect.
Just like any other drug being used for long periods of time, it can cause withdrawal symptoms when the use stops. Some of these symptoms can include fatigue, loss of concentration and an unusually slow heartbeat.
We Are Here to Help You
If you or a loved one is struggling, we at Garden State Treatment Center can help you get your life back. Located in the heart of Northern New Jersey, Garden State Treatment Center is an outpatient and partial care addiction treatment facility that offers nuanced levels of care for individuals struggling with the horrors of substance abuse. It is our explicit goal to help addicted clients rebuild their lives from the inside out and reintegrate themselves back into society.