Addressing Adderall Addiction at Northpoint Nebraska
When you think of Adderall, addiction and misuse probably aren’t the first things that come to mind.
But the reality is both are possible. Adderall misuse has become quite popular over the years for more reasons than one.
People from all walks of life have become interested in taking the drug for non-medical purposes. Due to the dangers of Adderall misuse and addiction, this is certainly concerning.
Sometimes, Adderall is called the “study drug,” which comes from it being consumed to help with focusing on tasks like schoolwork or other projects.
Adderall, a central nervous system stimulant, is made from a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine.
Currently, Adderall is only prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (a sleep disorder). Any other consumption of the drug may be considered misuse, especially if you’re consuming Adderall without a prescription, at a dosage higher than prescribed, or for reasons other than treating ADHD or narcolepsy. Misuse can ultimately lead to addiction.
While Adderall misuse and addiction can be dangerous, there are ways to address those issues. Adderall does not have to control your life.
Seeking Treatment in the Cornhusker State
At Northpoint Nebraska, your recovery is our primary focus.
With evidence-based inpatient treatment programs, patients will find a safe, comfortable environment where they’ll be able to identify root causes and triggers for their addiction, and they’ll learn how to maintain sobriety and avoid relapse.
Outpatient treatment programs are also offered to patients who want to maintain their work and family schedules, all while receiving effective treatment.
Treatment programs are personalized to address both the psychological and physical aspects of each patient’s addiction. This includes identifying and treating any co-occurring mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety.
Other programs we offer include cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy will help address things like negative thoughts and root causes of addiction.
With a commitment to clinical excellence and healthcare quality, Northpoint Nebraska is made up of a highly accredited and qualified medical team. Medication-assisted detox services are also available for those who need them.
In order for our patients to maintain a strong support system, Northpoint Nebraska has a growing alumni program with online support groups and local events.
Northpoint Nebraska, which is located in Omaha, is a 44-bed facility with state-of-the-art technology and treatments that are designed to produce positive outcomes for patients. Free assessments are available for anyone considering entering inpatient or outpatient programs.
A Look at Co-Occurring Disorders
Co-occurring disorders are defined as the combination of a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. These are common, but many people with a substance use disorder may not even realize they are dealing with a mental health disorder until they receive professional treatment.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder.
Mental health disorders commonly seen include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADHD, and depression.
Aside from prescription stimulants, those with a co-occurring disorder may be addicted to alcohol, opioids, tobacco, or other substances.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that in 2017, “Of the 20.3 million adults with substance use disorders, 37.9% also had mental illnesses. Among the 42.1 million adults with mental illness, 18.2% also had substance use disorders.“
Unfortunately, many people do not get the treatment they need for these disorders, which is why it’s so important to reach out for help if you need it. According to the NIH, around 52.5% of people with co-occurring disorders received treatment for neither a mental health disorder nor a substance use disorder. Furthermore, only 34.5% of people with co-occurring disorders received treatment for a mental health disorder, 3.9% received substance use disorder treatment, and only 9.1% received treatment for both.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on thought patterns, attitudes, and beliefs.
According to the National Institute of Justice, “Unlike other approaches to psychotherapy, CBT places responsibility in the hands of clients while supplying them with the tools to solve their problems, focusing on the present rather than the past. People taking part in CBT learn specific skills that can be used to solve the problems they confront all the time as well as skills they can use to achieve legitimate goals and objectives.”
Many professionals advocate for CBT, lauding the success it’s had on people around the world. It is clinically proven to help change addictive behaviors and anything that may have a negative influence on your recovery.
CBT can help you learn how to manage cravings and can help in the prevention of relapse.
The Importance of a Strong Support System
Sometimes, those closest to you may notice an Adderall addiction before you do. However, it’s important they understand how to approach the situation, especially during the treatment process.
Families can be complex. Northpoint Nebraska understands recovery may also include rebuilding damaged relationships, examining family history, and identifying anything that is causing a negative effect on those relationships.
It cannot be stressed enough — a strong support system can help you on your road to recovery. By using family therapy programs at Northpoint Nebraska, you and your family can learn how to depend on each other.
Remember, there is no rulebook on how to support someone battling addiction. That must be understood on all sides. But some ways are better than others. You’ll learn all about that through family therapy.
So, Why Is Adderall Misused?
As previously mentioned, Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat either ADHD or narcolepsy.
Adderall typically increases attention, alertness, and energy. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), these are also reasons why it’s misused.
The NIH says, “Prescription stimulants increase the activity of the brain chemicals dopamine (a feel-good chemical) and norepinephrine. Dopamine is involved in the reinforcement of rewarding behaviors. Norepinephrine affects blood vessels, blood pressure and heart rate, blood sugar, and breathing.”
Simply put, some may misuse Adderall to try to improve their mental performance or to achieve a sense of pleasure.
Over time, you may need to consume more Adderall to achieve the desired effects. This can lead to addiction.
Signs of Adderall Addiction
Addiction can be spotted in many ways. Whether it’s you or a loved one struggling with Adderall misuse, knowing when it has become an addiction can be extremely beneficial, especially when it comes to your health.
The NIH defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain.”
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies, signs of addiction can include:
- Consuming more Adderall than intended
- Adderall is affecting professional and personal activities
- Adderall is affecting relationships
- Developing a tolerance to Adderall
- Consuming Adderall despite the negative effects it has on your life
- Experiencing withdrawal when Adderall isn’t consumed
Although addiction in and of itself is dangerous, prescription stimulants such as Adderall can pose risks to one’s health, even if it’s prescribed. Due to this, medical professionals will need to know of any allergies you have to medications, what medications you’re taking or have taken, any health conditions you have, if you’re pregnant, your age, and family history of health concerns before prescribing Adderall. Older adults may be advised against consuming Adderall even for medical purposes.
If you’re ingesting Adderall without medical supervision, you’re simply rolling the dice when it comes to your health.
Prescription Drug Misuse Is a Problem in the United States
Adderall is a drug that is misused by people from all walks of life. But many other prescription drugs are misused as well.
According to the NIH, most people take prescription medications responsibly, but in 2017, an estimated 18 million people had misused these medications at least once in the past year. Of that 18 million, around 1 million misused prescription stimulants, like Adderall.
The NIH reports around 60% of young adults and adolescents surveyed who misused prescription stimulants said they had either bought or received them from a family member or friend.
While Adderall misuse increased between 2009 and 2013, it had been on the decline through 2017. However, it’s still an issue that needs to be addressed.
Adderall misuse can lead to some pretty startling side effects, such as:
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased blood sugar
- Increased breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Decreased blood flow
- Psychosis (insanity)
- High body temperature (at higher doses)
- Irregular heartbeat (at higher doses)
- Seizures (at higher doses)
Those who misuse and are addicted to Adderall may also be at risk of overdose.
What Does an Adderall Overdose Look Like?
Like any overdose, an Adderall overdose can be dangerous.
If you believe you or someone you know may have overdosed on Adderall, call 911 immediately.
Symptoms of an Adderall overdose may include:
- Breathing problems
- Body pains
Adderall overdoses can also cause an irregular heartbeat that could lead to a heart attack, seizures, problems with blood pressure, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some cases, Adderall overdoses are fatal.
In order to treat an Adderall overdose, emergency personnel may try to restore blood flow to the heart or use medications to stop a seizure.
Knowing When to Seek Treatment
You deserve a life of happiness and fulfillment.
If your Adderall addiction is affecting your personal and/or professional life, if you want to stop consuming Adderall but are unable to, or if you’re feeling constant cravings and ill when you haven’t taken Adderall, know that you don’t have to live this way.
If your addiction has impacted family relationships, or if you’re not spending as much time with your significant other or children because of Adderall, those bonds can be mended.
Today, you can make the decision to leave Adderall behind. While it may seem difficult, in the end, it’s worth it.
Get the Help You Need Today
No one should feel lonely in their attempt to overcome addiction. If you’re currently battling an addiction to Adderall, help is just a phone call away.
With treatment plans catered to your needs, Northpoint Nebraska cares about long-term recovery. Adderall no longer has to control your life.
To learn more about how you can address your Adderall addiction, call Northpoint Nebraska today at (402) 275-4333.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Adderall addictive if you have ADHD?
The simple answer to this question is: Yes, Adderall can be addictive even if you have ADHD. However, if you’re under the care of a medical professional and are following their prescription guidelines and not misusing the drug, in most cases, you shouldn’t develop an addiction. Before being prescribed Adderall, you and your doctor will ask a series of questions to see if the drug is right for you. You and your doctor may discuss any allergies you have to medications, what medications you’re taking or have taken, any health conditions you have, if you’re pregnant, your age, and family history of health concerns. Remember, Adderall is only prescribed for ADHD and narcolepsy. When consumed for anything else or misused in other ways, Adderall can be addictive.
What does Adderall do to a normal person?
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Prescription stimulants increase the activity of the brain chemicals dopamine (a feel-good chemical) and norepinephrine. Dopamine is involved in the reinforcement of rewarding behaviors. Norepinephrine affects blood vessels, blood pressure and heart rate, blood sugar, and breathing.” When misused (consumed without a prescription, at dosages higher than prescribed, or for reasons other than ADHD or narcolepsy), Adderall can have negative effects and can even lead to an addiction.
What symptoms does Adderall cure?
Adderall is strictly prescribed for ADHD and narcolepsy. ADHD symptoms include struggling to pay attention, control impulsive behaviors, or being overly active. Symptoms of narcolepsy include excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden muscle weakness. Even if you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s crucial to speak with a doctor to receive a proper diagnosis. Adderall should not be taken without a prescription or without the supervision of a medical professional.