Adderall and Other Prescription Stimulant Addiction

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What are Prescription Stimulants?

Prescription stimulants, also known as prescription amphetamines, such as Adderall are commonly prescribed for narcolepsy and ADHD. While not everyone who takes these medications will develop addiction, risk of becoming dependent on, and addicted to, Adderall and other prescription stimulants is common. Because of this, these drugs are categorized as Schedule II controlled substances by the DEA. 

Common Prescription Stimulants include:

  • dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)
  • dextroamphetamine/amphetamine combo (Adderall)
  • methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta)
  • Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)

Stimulants like Adderall work by increasing norepinephrine and dopamine levels in the central nervous system. Norepinephrine is a chemical that affects how a person pays attention and the speed with which the brain reacts to stimuli. Dopamine, the “feel good” chemical in the body. This combination may make people feel increased alertness, focus, and productivity. In some cases, these drugs are abused as a way of increasing productivity in school or work. These medications can be taken orally, though are sometimes crushed and snorted.

Signs of Addiction to Adderall, Ritalin, or other Prescription Stimulants

  • Continued use despite negative consequences
  • Speedy, racing thoughts and/or speech
  • Anxiety
  • Agression 
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal symptoms upon decreasing or discontinuing use (mental fogginess, difficulty concentrating)
  • Shame or secrecy surrounding use
  • Loss of interest in activities not directly involving use
  • Strained or lost relationships due to use, though user continues to use anyway

Holistic Treatment for Adderall and Other Stimulants

At Flatirons Recovery, we believe in treating addiction holistically, including looking at the root of the addiction. Prior to entering treatment, many clients require medical detox to insure that the substances have safely left their bodies. Once this is complete, our programming offers a mindfulness-based approach to recovery and includes various evidence-based modalities such as ACT, DBT, EMDR, Music Therapy, Nature/Adventure Therapy, IFS, Nutritional Counseling, and more. To learn more about our programs, contact us.