Adderall is a prescription medication used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactive disorder. This medication is a stimulant. However, for people who suffer from ADHD, this medication does not have stimulating effects when taken properly under the supervision of a physician. Like many stimulant medications, Adderall has a high potential for abuse.
Most commonly, Adderall is abused by people who do not suffer from ADHD and want to experience the stimulating properties of the drug. Most often, people who become addicted to Adderall don't start out using mass quantities of the medication. In fact, they may not even use the medication very often in the beginning. This can make realizing that you are addicted to Adderall incredibly challenging.
For a variety of reasons it is important to only take medication that has been prescribed by your physician. Taking medications that are given to you by friends or purchased from a dealer can result in a variety of serious and potentially life threatening health conditions. Even if you are not experiencing any of the symptoms of addiction, if you are taking medication that is not prescribed by your physician it is important for you to stop immediately. If you find that you cannot stop taking this medication, this is a very serious sign that you are suffering from addiction and you should seek treatment right away.
Even if you are taking ADHD medication under the guidance of your doctor, there is a possibility that you are suffering from addiction. There are a variety of physical symptoms you may experience if you are addicted to Adderall. However, it can take weeks or even months of chronic use to develop these symptoms. Therefore, while reading these symptoms can give you a baseline of what to look for, don't assume that you are not suffering from addiction if you don't suffer from any of these symptoms.
Physical Symptoms of Addiction to Adderall
- Feeling jittery
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Inability to concentrate
The physical symptoms associated with Adderall addiction vary widely from one addict to another. Some people who are addicted to Adderall experience all of the symptoms severely whereas others experience only a few of the symptoms mildly. This is because different people metabolize medications differently. If you find that you experience only a few of the symptoms mildly, it has no impact on whether or not you suffer from Adderall addiction. In fact, it would be possible to suffer from Adderall addiction and not experience any of the symptoms.
In addition to the physical symptoms of Adderall addiction, there are a variety of psychological symptoms you should be aware of. These symptoms include:
- Obtaining Adderall without a prescription. If you don't have a prescription for Adderall, you shouldn't be taking it. However, you may hear friends talk about how useful Adderall is and feel like maybe it can help you, too. The reality, though, is that Adderall is a powerful medication designed to treat ADHD. It should not be used at your discretion, but instead at the discretion of your physician.
- Taking Adderall to stay up all night. Adderall is not intended to be used to keep you awake for days at a time, although when abused it can have that effect. If you are using Adderall to stay up all night, you may be addicted to it. It doesn't matter if you are using Adderall to study, finish an important presentation, or complete something else that is very important. Using Adderall in any way other than the way it was prescribed can be a symptom of addiction.
- Feeling preoccupied with your use of Adderall. You may find that you can't think about anything other than getting and using Adderall. Activities you once enjoyed may become meaningless if you are addicted to Adderall. You may avoid friends and family members and only spend time with people who abuse or sell Adderall.
One way of determining if you are addicted to Adderall is to stop taking it entirely. If you find that you cannot do that, there is a very good possibility that you are suffering from addiction. There is no biological reason that you should be dependent on Adderall, even if you are using it to treat ADHD.
If you think that you are addicted to Adderall, the good news is that help is readily available. You don't have to suffer from addiction alone. There are lots of wonderful addiction treatment facilities that can help you stop using Adderall and start living your life.