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Adderall Addiction and Rehab for Desperate Housewives on Diet Drug

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Adderall is a popular and effective prescription drug commonly used in the treatment of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, as shown on a recent episode of a popular health program, Adderall addiction is a growing diet drug problem with housewives desperate to lose weight. The following discusses what Adderall is, symptoms and dangers of its abuse, what Adderall withdrawal and detoxification is like and what kind of effective treatment is available for desperate housewives addicted to this diet drug.

What is Adderall

Adderall is a drug that belongs under the classification of amphetamine. Its use in the treatment of ADHD is based on its ability to increase levels of dopamine—a neurotransmitter chemical that acts on the pleasure center of the brain. Adderall increases a person’s energy, ability to concentrate, alertness, libido, and has a side effect of weight loss. All of these factors contribute to making Adderall a very addictive drug for non-ADHD users who become dependent upon its psychological sense of well-being as well as its weight loss effects.

Previously, Adderall addiction has been focused on abuse among teenagers in high school and with college students in search of a euphoric high or study drug where it goes under the names “College Crack” and “Cognitive Steroid.” However, more recently as pointed out on TV and in news reports, Adderall addiction is apparently rampant among older women who work both at home and/or at a job and are in need of a way to cope with daily stress.

This need for speed and a growing physical tolerance to Adderall has led many women to turn from habitual users to full time drug addicts seeking additional doses of Adderall any way they can. Examples of Adderall use and abuse include duping doctors into believing that they have ADHD, stealing from their children’s prescription, and buying if off the street. Michael Dow, a Ph.D. educated psychotherapist, states that on scale from 1 to 10 with oxycontin being a 10, that the addictiveness of Adderall is a 7 or 8.

Symptoms of Adderall Abuse and Addiction

Realizing that a friend or loved one is addicted to or using Adderall is not always obvious as they do not typically stereotypically collapse on your front lawn strung out and mumbling incoherently, “The colors, man; the colors.” Rather, indications are typically hidden behaviors.

The symptoms of Adderall abuse and addiction include:

• Using Adderall more frequently than instructed

• Using more than the prescribed amount of Adderall

• Needing the drug to feel “normal”

• Purchasing Adderall without a legitimate prescription

• Manipulating doctors to get Adderall (faking symptoms, using on-line pharmacies, having multiple doctors)

• Using the drug for non-prescription purposes (weight loss, partying, study aid)

• Obsession with getting and taking Adderall despite negative consequences

Dangers and Side Effects of Adderall Addiction

Part of the danger of taking Adderall is that it is easy to become physically acclimated to it by users seeking a rush or those who want to “just shed a few more pounds” before stopping. However, once the body is used to a certain level of the drug, stopping is not so easy and in part may be due to permanent changes made in the structure of the brain.

Long term use and abuse of Adderall can lead to:

• Insomnia

• Anxiety

• Mania

• Rage

• Hyperactivity

• Mental disorders

• Depression

• Increase in blood pressure

• Increase in heart rate

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• Heart attack

• Stroke

• Increased chance of acquiring additional addictions or transitioning to different drugs

Adderall Addiction Withdrawal and Detoxification

There are a number of Adderall addiction treatment facilities that employ 12-step programs to facilitate rehabilitation and recovery. However, some require that an individual first overcome their physical dependence to Adderall through a typically painful withdrawal and detoxification process under the supervision of a medical professional in a supervised clinical setting.

During withdrawal an Adderall addict can expect to experience:

• Irritability

• Insomnia

• Extreme fatigue

• Depression

• Thoughts of suicide

After a person has cleaned out his or her system, they are then ready for psychological help and support to remain off of Adderall. Treatment can consist of two types: inpatient or outpatient care.

Inpatient care is a comprehensive treatment plan where detox and therapy may occur in the same facility allowing you to live in an environment away from family and friends or situations that might have caused your addiction. Outpatient care does not remove you from your home during treatment; rather, you keep appointments and commit to recovery by attending sessions at a treatment facility.

The biggest obstacle toward choosing inpatient care is that it is expensive. However, some insurance plans will cover part of the costs while inpatient facilities often have a payment plan to meet your budget.

Effective Treatment of Adderall Addiction

Adderall users more often than not suffer from one to several psychological issues that led to their addiction. A good treatment facility will be one that seeks to identify the underlying causes and then fine tune their treatment. Programs for treating addiction include some—but not all—options such as:

• Medical treatment

• Supervised detoxification

• 12-step programs

• Individual and group counseling

• Spiritual care

• Continuing education

The goal of the facility and its treatments is to help an addict achieve a good and healthy recovery and enable the patient to re-learn how to live a drug free life in the world once again.

So whether you are a desperate housewife with an Adderall addiction based on wanting to lose weight though a diet drug or a college student caught up in all-nighters and a need for staying alert and focused, the dangers and the seriousness are the same when it comes to Adderall addiction. Seek info, seek help and get better before it can (and will) get worse.

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