Adderall is a combination of two medications in one. Both of these two medications fall under the category of stimulants which are drugs that excite certain parts of the central nervous system and cause them to trigger neurotransmitters in the brain. The two drugs in Adderall are amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
This prescription drug is most commonly prescribed for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as it causes reactions in the brain and body that help to enhance concentration and focus. Adderall may also sometimes be prescribed to treat seizures and seizure disorders.
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Adderall is addictive because of the effect it has upon the brain and body. When a person consumes it, this drug interacts with the central nervous system and stimulates the release of dopamine into the body.
Dopamine is known as the pleasure chemical meaning it can cause a person to feel anything from contentment to euphoria (and also is what helps a person concentrate and focus which is the purpose of this reaction when the medication is prescribed).
The release of dopamine that this drug triggers is what makes it so addictive. Eventually the nervous system adapts to the large quantities of Adderall a person is consuming and can/will no longer stimulate the release of dopamine on its own. This means that the nervous system is chemically dependent on the drug to operate in ways that it requires. A chemical dependence is also known as physical addiction.
Adderall has become popular because of its prevalence among college students. More and more children and young adults are diagnosed with ADHD all the time, and many college-aged students do not take their medication and sell it to other young adults or they abuse it themselves.
Many of the young adults who abuse Adderall do so when using it as a way to study for longer hours and to cram for tests and the like. This abuse quickly becomes an addiction without people realizing it.
Similarly, people use the drug to enhance work performance, energy, and stamina. This is particularly true in high pressure jobs or jobs that require long hours of focus and concentration.
When a person begins abusing stimulant drugs and develops an addiction, they begin to show noticeable signs of abuse and/or addiction. They may complain of certain feelings, or others may notice some of these without the drug abuser saying a word. Some of these include:
Symptoms Of Adderall Abuse And Addiction
A person who is abusing or addicted to Adderall will also experience symptoms of addiction that (for the most part) only that person will be able to recognize. These include:
Treatments For Adderall Addiction
Addiction treatment begins with detox. Detox is the process of ridding the body of the addicted drug and dealing with the fallout of physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawals from stimulants are intense and can easily lead to relapse if a person attempts to detox on their own. So, going through the process in medical detox at drug rehab will help to ensure that the process is completed safely and successfully.
Addiction treatment will continue with individual and group therapy sessions to help address the reasons behind addiction and to develop alternative behaviors as well as coping strategies to avoid future drug abuse and to help the recovering addict to recover both physically and mentally from their drug addiction. Additional treatments may include art therapy, music therapy, restorative yoga, and even acupuncture or chiropractic care.