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Taking on Addiction: is Adderall a Bane or Boon?

Addiction is an ever-present problem in our society. Many people are engaged in any substance abuse, for example, drugs and alcohol abuse.

Many drugs are abused in countless ways. Just know that if there are any stimulants, it has been misused by someone.

According to Statista, in California alone, more than 6000 people died in the year 2019 by drug overdose.

However, today we focus on a prescription drug named Adderall. Now,

What is Adderall 

Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, approved for treating Narcolepsy and ADHD.

It operates in the central nervous system by changing the number of specific neurons. This helps to increase the ability to focus and retain concentration in the user.

The contents of Adderall acts have different effects on the brain

Amphetamine

Amphetamine releases epinephrine and norepinephrine in the brain, which helps increase focus and alertness in the user.

Dextroamphetamine 

Dextroamphetamine works in the pleasure and reward system in the brain by increasing dopamine levels, resulting in an uplifted mood.

The combination of good mood and increased level of concentration helps to be effective in Narcolepsy and ADHD.

Unfortunately, they are also the reason Adderall is one of the most misused prescription drugs out there.

Adderall addiction 

The effects that Adderall provides are very addictive because so many people desire to increase their concentration and happiness.

Adderall is generally misused by Students and athletes who use this drug to help their academic performance. 

Because of the increase in competition in every field, a stimulant like Adderall provides an edge to the user by increasing focus and happiness.

How people abuse Adderall 

  • Taking it without a prescription
  • Injecting the drug 
  • Taking more dosage than prescribed
  • Mixing it with other substances

As Adderall is a brain stimulant, it also has some side effects that can harm your health and body.

Negative-effects of using Adderall 

Adderall works in the central nervous system, which can produce adverse effects and affect you and your lifestyle.

The side effects usually occur if you are newly prescribed or using excessively for a more extended period.

Common side effects 

  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nervousness 
  • Fever 
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Dizziness 
  • Diarrhea 

These effects occur if you are new to the medication and your body is not used to it. They usually go away in days or, most a couple of weeks.

Severe side effects 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Irregular heartbeats 
  • Extreme tiredness 
  • Behavioral changes 
  • Depression, 
  • Uncontrollable body movements 
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Severe headache 
  • Swelling of feet and ankles 

Warning: Call your doctor or emergency help immediately if you encounter any symptoms worsening. Prompt medication is essential in case of severe side effects.

However, Adderall usually does not show produce allergic reactions, but it can happen if you see symptoms like rash and swelling of the face, tongue, and throat or severe dizziness and trouble breathing. 

Call your doctor or medical emergency immediately because it can become severe and even fatal in some cases.

Is it possible to overdose on Adderall?

Yes, it is very much possible to get overdosed on Adderall, but it mostly happens when the user take  Adderall with other substances like

  • Alcohol 
  • Marijuana 
  • Cocaine 
  • Antidepressants 

Adderall stimulates the brain, which suppresses alcohol’s effects, which means you will drink more to get more effects. Unfortunately, this can lead to alcohol poisoning.

People also use antidepressants with Adderall, which is not advisable because it can create dangerous effects and even overdose.

Symptoms of Adderall overdose

  • State of panic 
  • Pounding heart 
  • Aggression 
  • Confusion 
  • Very high fever 
  • Weakness one side of the body
  • Blurred vision 
  • Shortness of breath 

If you see any of the symptoms, call your doctor immediately because it can become severe, and if you do not get any medical assistance, it can lead to death.

How to get rid of addiction

There are many possible ways to get rid of an addiction, but it is not easy as it sounds. But it is doable, and you should try because addiction can make you weak as a human being.

People suffering from addiction faces many problems that make their life hell. As addiction takes their jobs from them, it also destroys your relationships. Addiction does not allow you to think beyond itself. 

Please take note that the processes and therapies mentioned below may or may not work for you. Therefore, it would be best if you tried different things to know what works for you.

Detoxification

Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from your body caused by drug abuse. Unfortunately, detoxification can be an unpleasant process as it can cause severe withdrawal symptoms that can become life-threatening.

It does not cure the underlying issue that is causing the addiction. Therefore it is used with other therapies. However, it is advised that you should only detox under the supervision of a medical professional.

12-Step facilitation  

It is a group therapy that helps to treat substance and alcohol abuse. In addition, it helps the user to see that there are many adverse consequences of addiction.

This type of therapy begins with acceptance and ends at surrendering to a higher power. People in the group support each other to face their demons.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is a therapy that works by identifying the underlying issues to cure the addiction. It is a process of recording behavioral patterns and altering that patterns to cure addiction.

CBT is used to cure many types of addiction is works best when used in a combination of other treatments.

Medical treatment 

Medical treatment can make all the difference if used with any behavioral therapy. Many medicines help to reduce the cravings for addictive substances.

Medicines also prevent the users from dangerous withdrawal effects. Medical treatment also works best if used with any behavioral therapy.