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Risks of Adderall Abuse: Withdrawal and Detox

Adderall is a prescription used to treat attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This drug is common among high school students and college students because it is used for academic purposes. Students abuse the “study drug” to help them stay awake, focus, or study for exams. Adderall addiction is very common among young adults and it is a big reason for emergency room visits.

Individuals who consume large doses of Adderall for an extended period have the risk of being substantially reliant on the drug and developing an Adderall addiction. If this occurs, drug tolerance builds up, which means the individual must take bigger and more doses to get the same drug results as before.

People who have built up a tolerance to Adderall feel that the drug no longer helps them concentrate like before; however, if they stop taking the drug, they can’t act, think or function “normally”.

What Are The Risks Of Adderall Abuse?

Abusing Adderall comes with serious physical and mental health risks. The longer a person uses Adderall, the higher and stronger is the risk. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If an individual is uncertain regarding seeking help, take a look at the following long-term consequences of Adderall misuse:

  • Tolerance: which results in a need for higher doses to attain better effects. The longer you take it, the higher the dosage you need in the future.
  • Dependence: dependence can result in extreme withdrawals symptoms if the drug is not taken for a day or if the dosage is low.
  • Malnutrition: malnutrition is common because Adderall suppresses your appetite.
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart rhythm changes
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Anger
  • Depression

When someone stops taking a drug, the first thing they experience is withdrawal symptoms. Adderall Withdrawal normally affects individuals who took the drug in high doses for a prolonged period.

Adderall Withdrawal

The higher the tolerance to the drug, the more severe the withdrawals are.
Some withdrawals symptoms are:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Headaches
  • Sleeping a lot
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty concentration
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Insomnia

The duration of withdrawals seems to be different for everyone. It could take anywhere from one to four weeks to stop experiencing withdrawal side effects. The longer the individual took Adderall and the higher the dosage, the longer it may take for withdrawals to stop.

The first signs of withdrawals typically start within 6 hours after the last dose is taken. In the first 36 hours, you may experience extreme depression along with fatigue and exhaustion. Around day three, the withdrawals symptoms will be at their worst. During this period, the individual may experience nightmares, headaches, irritability, sweating, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts. Near or on the fifth day, the withdrawal symptoms start fading. At this stage, the individual may feel anti-social, and moody. Depression is still common in this stage.

This is an estimated Adderall withdrawal timeline. It can vary based on how long an individual took the drug and how high were the doses.

Do you need an Adderall Detox?

  • You have consumed Adderall more than what was prescribed for you
  • You have attempted to quit taking it, and failed
  • You spend a lot of time thinking about obtaining Adderall, and where you should get it from.
  • You frequently disregard your tasks because you want to use Adderall.
  • You realize that taking Adderall is ruining your health, but you continue taking it.
  • You use Adderall in places that you should not be using it such as work, school while driving, or while operating machinery.
  • You are giving up the activities that you used to enjoy because you favor using Addreal.
  • You realize that the Adderall dosage you are taking no longer satisfies you and you start doubling your dosage.
  • You experience signs of withdrawal if you try to stop using it.

Adderall Detox

Adderall Addiction Detox is the process of getting Adderall out of your system so you can function normally like before taking the drug. When you start the detox stage, the withdrawals symptoms will start showing. Because these symptoms are so difficult to deal with, help may be necessary.

It is very common for Adderall users to relapse within the first 4 weeks after quitting because of the cravings and the extreme withdrawal symptoms. It is very important to have a support group that can help you recover successfully and detox from Adderall.

The best way to detox is to speak to an addiction specialist. They will help you reduce your dosage gradually to minimize your withdrawals symptoms. Many individuals relapse if they are trying to detox on their own; to put a stop to their withdrawal symptoms.

Detox procedures and treatment scenarios differ from program to program; it is significant to have a conversation with an expert who can assess your sole condition and make a proper treatment plan. Our goal at Novo Detox is to guide clients towards long-term recovery with comprehensive treatment plans. Contact us to take the first step.

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