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Signs of Adderall Abuse in Your Son or Daughter

Though Adderall is a widely prescribed substance for the treatment of ADHD, people of all ages have become more dependent upon the substance. Knowing the signs of Adderall abuse is important, and The Summit Wellness Group provides treatment for Adderall abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions.

Knowing the warning signs of Adderall abuse is crucial to supporting a son or daughter who has been prescribed this potentially dangerous medication. At The Summit Wellness Group, we have the resources and plans available to help treat Adderall addiction.

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What are the Signs of Adderall Addiction?

Amphetamines are highly addictive stimulants that, while prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, can cause serious negative consequences when abused. Though there is no single reason why someone becomes addicted to Adderall, repeated use causes the brain to rely on it for the release of dopamine. This can lead to increased tolerance, requiring more and more of the drug before the desired effects are felt and causing more intense lows and withdrawal symptoms when the drug wears off.

Symptoms of Adderall abuse can be obvious if someone knows what to look for. This makes a potential addiction easier to identify:

  • Increased Talkativeness. Amphetamines stimulate the brain and can lead to hyperactive talking.
  • Insomnia. People often use amphetamines to stay up for long periods of time. These people may have trouble staying still.
  • Loss of Appetite. Prolonged disinterest in food can indicate some sort of drug problem.
  • Altered Vital Signs. Increased heart rate, high body temperature, elevated blood pressure, rapid breathing, and dilated pupils.
  • Gastrointestinal Issues. Digestive problems are common, especially when there is a lack of food in the body leading to malnourishment.
Is My Loved One Using Amphetamines?

People who abuse Adderall may hallucinate or become mroe aggressive, paranoid, or anxious. When the drug is not present in the system, the person may crash and appear depressed, despondent, or disinterested.

Noticing the signs of Adderall abuse early on is critical for treatment because people tend to become tolerant very quickly. This may lead to an Adderall binge which can cause:

  • Extreme fits of depression
  • Increased anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Fatigue that turns into days of sleeping
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Hallucinations

Prolonged use of Adderall can lead to serious psychological and physical health problems. Seeking professional help if you notice any of these signs is important in preventing those longer-term issues. The use of Adderall can also lead to more intense drugs like cocaine or meth to achieve the same euphoria as amphetamine tolerance builds.

What To Do If My Loved One Has An Amphetamine Problem

It can be hard to understand how someone became addicted to a substance, why they became addicted, and why they can’t just stop, especially if you haven’t experienced addiction personally. Because of this, it can be even harder to accept that someone you know and love is struggling with an addiction to Adderall. How do you bring it up to them? And how do you urge them to get help?

Top 4 Do’s

  1. Come to the conversation prepared and educated. Research addiction, especially to the type of drug you know, or suspect, your loved one is using.
  2. Listen. Be empathetic and understanding. Someone is more likely to talk to you about what they are struggling with if you make it known that you care about their feelings.
  3. Show support no matter what their choice is. You don’t have to enable their addiction, but it is important that they know they have a choice and that it is their life. Forcing them to get help might force them away from you. That being said, helping someone confront their issues, such as through an intervention, may help them realize that they need to make some changes.
  4. Set boundaries. You don’t have to let their addiction slide, but make sure that you do not set boundaries that you are not willing to follow through with.

Top 4 Don’ts

  1. Don’t try to make your loved one feel bad for their addiction. Criticizing their choices will only add fuel to the fire. It won’t make them change or want to get help.
  2. Don’t enable the addiction. You can’t force that person to get help, but you can make it clear that you won’t help them get high either.
  3. Don’t treat them like a child, especially if they aren’t. Most people can recognize that they do in fact have some sort of problem, even if they try to hide or deny it. And if they have friends or family members bringing attention to the addiction, it is more than likely that this will spark some sort of idea in their head that they have a problem. Speak to them directly and clearly, but don’t be patronizing.
  4. Don’t make the situation about yourself. It is not your fault that this person has a drug addiction, no matter what it feels like. Nothing good will come from blaming yourself. Try not to make it about placing blame and instead focus on trying to support them.

When Is It Time to Seek Treatment?

The sooner your loved one can receive amphetamine addiction treatment, the better, especially since Adderall is so addictive and can cause many long-term problems with continued use. Open up a conversation about their options and different treatments that are available to them. Make it known how much you support them but how much you want them to get help.

If an Adderall addiction has interfered with their life in any way, physically, mentally, or socially, it is time to seek help. Waiting to seek treatment could lead to long-term effects such as problems with breathing, heart problems, convulsions, psychosis, skin disorders, tics, and ulcers. These long-term effects are harder to get rid of, especially through continued and increased use of amphetamines.

At The Summit Wellness Group, our focus in treating amphetamine addiction centers on providing our clients with relief and support while they develop healthier habits and coping skills along with medications, psychiatric care, clinical therapy, and holistic treatments. Through a combination of these different techniques, lifelong recovery can be a reality. Our staff and community are dedicated to helping your loved one live a sober, fulfilling life that is free from the bondage of amphetamine addiction.

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We’d love the opportunity to help you during this overwhelming and difficult process. The Summit Wellness Group is located in Georgia and all of your calls will be directed to one of our local staff members. Our sincere passion is helping people recover so that they can live full, meaningful and healthy lives.

Call us 24/7 at 770-299-1677. If we aren’t the right fit for you then we’ll utilize our expertise and connections within the treatment industry to assist you in finding the best provider for your specific needs. Alternatively you can fill out our contact form and a member of our staff will contact you shortly.