Recreational Adderall use is increasingly common among students. It’s perceived as a safe way to boost your focus, leading to a higher GPA or to lose weight. In actuality, the highly addictive drug builds tolerance and dependence quickly—driving you to use it more frequently. The side effects can be extremely dangerous or even fatal.
Once you stop taking it for a few hours or days, you will begin experiencing withdrawals. As with most addictive substances, the fear of withdrawal symptoms is usually worse than the experience. That doesn’t mean it will be easy to remove the drug from your life. As with most challenges in life, your support network can greatly increase your chance of success.
Side Effects of Adderall Abuse
Because Adderall is typically used to help those with ADD or ADHD improve concentration, many students consider it a safe way to improve their study skills. However, there is little evidence to prove that the drug actually helps those without ADD or ADHD. It is a stimulant, so users may turn to alcohol or other drugs to unwind once the energy-boosted study sessions wrap up. Also, these are some of the potential side effects that you could experience with Adderall abuse:
- Alcohol poisoning, when combined with alcohol.
- Dangerously high body temperature
- High blood pressure
- Heart palpitations
- Heart attack
- Bipolar disorder
- Increased aggression or hostility
Don’t Let Fear of Withdrawals Derail Your Recovery.
Addiction to any substance often instills a great fear of quitting it. You can develop a strong physical and psychological dependence on stimulants like Adderall. While you will experience some withdrawals during the detoxification phase of your recovery, this is normal. As your body learns to regulate itself naturally again, these symptoms will fade away, leaving you to live a happier, healthier life.
These withdrawal symptoms are typically mild and last 1-2 weeks beginning within hours from your last use. However, depending on the severity and length of your addiction, they can vary in strength.
- Intense drug cravings
- Extreme fatigue
- Sleep disturbance
- Insomnia is followed by hypersomnia.
- Memory loss
Tips for Handling Adderall Cravings
When Adderall cravings arise, these are a few of the ways you can try to handle the situation.
Distractions. Engage in exercise or social activities to take your mind off the cravings. Just be mindful to avoid situations that could lead to other drug abuse or negative influences.
Talk about it. Reach out to your therapist, support group, friends, or family. Let them know you’re struggling. Sometimes, only saying the words and receiving the emotional support of loved ones can give you the strength you need to carry on.
Remember the bad times. Think about the times you hurt yourself or others when you were using. Talk yourself through the adverse side effects of using the drug. Don’t undo the progress you’ve made.
Recover from Adderall Addiction with Cycles of Change
Cycles of Change Recovery Services in Palmdale, California, is here to help you recover from Adderall addiction with minimal pain and discomfort. With a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs, our team will work with you to make your journey a success. Don’t let fears and anxiety about what to expect during Adderall detox stop you from taking that first critical step towards recovery. Contact us, or give us a call today: (661) 630-4176.