Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge: What is Adderall?
Adderall Information from Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge
When you think of Adderall, you probably associate it with being taken the night before a big test. Adderall is most often used as a study aid, but also can be taken for other reasons. Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge discusses all things Adderall, including risks, side effects and how to treat an addiction to the drug.
How Adderall Works
Adderall is the brand name of a drug that comes in four-hour forms or in eight-hour capsules with different mg strengths. Classified as a stimulant, the medication is primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Doctors sometimes prescribe Adderall to address narcolepsy or daytime sleepiness.
Regardless of the reasons for taking Adderall, the increased dopamine levels can create a feeling of euphoria. When taken as prescribed, Adderall and other stimulant medications can be effective and safe. However, when taken in ways other than prescribed, they can be addictive and dangerous.
Side Effects and Risks of Adderall Use
Adderall combines two substances: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Both substances promote a higher focus level and attention span. Because Adderall is considered a DEA Schedule II substance, it’s illegal to use without a prescription. Your teen needs to be educated about the side effects and potential risks of the substance.
Even Adderall approved by a doctor can cause side effects, including dry mouth and feelings of restlessness. At first, the energy levels are high with a decreased need for sleep. But there is always a crash. Some symptoms of an Adderall crash may include extreme hunger, cravings for more Adderall, and irritability.
Furthermore, Adderall can cause weight loss if it’s taken as a diet pill. Amphetamine is known to speed up the body’s metabolism and decrease appetite. The stimulant also triggers the heart and can lead to elevated blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat.
The Appeal and Accessibility
There is no doubt that Adderall can be appealing to teens. Your son is likely developing time management skills in school and might experience stress with completing assignments. Thus, the perceived effects of the drug and euphoric highs are more appealing. But many people are unaware of just how harmful Adderall can be if it’s misused.
Because it’s easily accessible through friends and family members, many young adults obtain ADHD medications without a prescription. This problem, too, can lead to the misuse of Adderall. If your son is prescribed to Adderall, it’s important for him to keep it in a safe place so that it can’t be abused by others.
Adderall Abuse Among Teens
The recent studies about teens abusing Adderall are quite concerning. Long term abuse has become a growing problem everywhere. Misusing Adderall may involve an overdose. When taken in higher doses, it can lead to severe effects such as mood disorders and mental health issues. If it becomes something your teen feels he can’t live without, we’ve crossed the line from use to abuse. Reports indicate that students who abuse Adderall are more likely to have lower grades than those who don’t abuse it.
Treatment for Adderall Addiction
Treatment forms could vary, depending on how severe your teen struggles with addiction. In some cases, suddenly quitting Adderall after continuous use can be dangerous. If your son (or a teen you know) is experiencing withdrawal symptoms like extreme depression, fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, or cravings for more Adderall, contact us today. Let our treatment plans
be the perfect solution.
Get Addiction Help with Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge
If your teenage son is struggling with an addiction to Adderall or another type of drug, Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge can help. Our complete substance abuse treatment programs focus on five different areas of addiction and will equip your son with the tools he needs to overcome his dependence. It’s our goal for your teen to have a healthy, productive, and sober life. For more information on our programs, check out the Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge website, submit an inquiry about our programs
, or contact our office today.