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How to treat Adderall addiction

Think you or someone you love may be addicted to Adderall?

If so, then read on. In this article we explore symptoms and signs of Adderall addiction, what is withdrawal from Adderall like, what possible treatments are available and what to expect from treatment.  Keep in mind that while treating physical dependence on Adderall is a start, you need to address the psychological aspects of dependence to make a full recovery.  At the end, we invite you to ask any questions about Adderall addiction and treatment you have. We try to answer Adderall addiction treatment questions promptly and personally.

How do you get addicted to Adderall?

Adderall (amphetamine and dextramphetime) is a medication prescribed to treat individuals whom exhibit symptoms of ADHD. It can be helpful for people with ADHD to help focus your attention to get tasks done. But some people use Adderall for non-medical reasons. Because of Adderall’s ability to hyperfocus attention, it has become a popular drug for students wanting to increase their productivity. Adderall also creates a manic high that many find appealing.

Adderall is a habit forming drug, and one with a high dependence rate which can often develop into an addiction. So how exactly do you get addicted to Adderall? Adderall addiction occurs when you use Adderall for non-medical reasons to address the psycho-emotional stressors of life. Adderall addiction occurs with use over time, and while anyone can get addicted to Adderall, those who feel euphoric effect after use are at most risk of developing addiction.

Am I addicted to Adderall?

Addiction can be defined as an ongoing use of mood-altering substances regardless of the negative consequences in one’s life. There are several factors that contribute and play a role in addiction. Addiction is a complicated condition and it’s important to know the signs because sometimes addiction is so consuming that if you’re addicted you may not even be aware of it or be able to admit you have a problem. Some symptoms and signs of Adderall addiction include the following:

  • continual use of Adderall in spite of negative consequences
  • criminal consequences because of Adderall
  • developing tolerance to Adderall
  • increasing Adderall dosage or frequency of use to maintain the level of focus and high
  • increasing amounts of time spent in obtaining Adderall or needing time to recover from use
  • unsuccessful attempts to quit or lower doses of Adderall
  • withdrawal from friends and family because of Adderall use

Now that you have an idea of some of the signs and symptoms of Adderall addiction, how do you know if you are ready to seek treatment? What must be present to face Adderall addiction?  Because of the way any drug addictions makes you think, it can be hard to break away and seek treatment. Sometimes seeing the signs can be helpful. Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom or your life needs to be a mess before you seek treatment. Sometimes mandatory treatment or intervention is necessary in order for some people to seek treatment. But if you’re ready to get better, there are several pathways to recovery from Adderall addiction.

Treating Adderall addiction

There are no approved medications used to treat Adderall addiction at this time. You can use over-the-counter medications to help with the treatment of withdrawal from amphetamines. Additionally, stimulants such as Adderall should be slowly tapered before you withdraw from amphetamines. Otherwise, beside taking a pharmacological approach to treating addiction there are behavioral approaches which are recommended for the treatment of Adderall addiction. Behavioral treatments for Adderall consist of talk therapy, group therapy, and support groups. Psychotherapy can help you identify the root cause of Adderall addiction and what contributes to it so that you can address and prevent further addictive behaviors.

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Help for Adderall addiction

There are several ways to treat Adderall addiction. Work with many people to see what will work best for you. Find a community you trust and can talk to maintain recovery. Treating addiction can be a life-long process and you do have the possibility to relapse. But don’t give up on yourself. You can life free of addiction. How do you start to seek help?

Each person has their own unique needs therefore, treating Adderall addiction is best when it is specifically catered to each person. There are several ways to treat addiction. You can seek one or many of the following types of help depending on the severity or nature of your addiction. Recovery from Adderall addiction can be sought in:

Adderall addiction treatment centers

Treatment centers are residential facilities where you stay to detox and recover from Adderall addiction in a program that spans several weeks to a few months. Treatment centers are a safe place where you are away from the chaos of your life and where you can focus on yourself. Adderall addiction treatment centers employ therapists and doctors on staff to help you. Sometimes there are classes and physical activities that are also available as part of your treatment. It is important to find a facility that is specifically designed to help with stimulant/Adderall addiction and which has experience in promoting successful outcomes.

Adderall detox clinics

Detox from Adderall is treated much like detox from methamphetamines. But going cold turkey off Adderall is not recommended because of the severity of adverse side effects which are possible during withdrawal. Instead, it’s more helpful to monitor and reduce Adderall doses over time with medical supervision. Clinics are places you can be monitored and know you are secure as you withdrawal and your body compensates. However, medical detox from Adderall dependence is only the first step in recovery.

Clinical psychiatrists specializing in Adderall addiction treatment

It can help immensely to find a psychiatrist and/or psychologist who specializes in treating addiction. Psychiatrists are doctors that can diagnose mental health disorders that might be underlying addiction and who can prescribe pharmaceutical treatments for such issues. Many times, when you are addicted to Adderall you can develop depression, anxiety, and panic attacks when you withdrawal from the medication. It may be necessary to seek out medication that can help with this to support your recovery.

Clinical psychologists specializing in Adderall addiction treatment

Psychologists are also an important aspect to recovery and facilitate talk therapy for addiction issues. Whether it be one-on-one, groups, or family therapy, psychologists understand, guide and teach you the behavioral changes which can support your recovery.

Adderall addiction support groups

Support groups bring people together who are going through the same thing. Adderall addiction support groups help those who are trying to recover from Adderall addiction. Members of these groups can provide support and advice and give you more options to help with recovery. They can also be a place you can continually go, especially if your recovery is in jeopardy.

Licensed clinical social workers

Clinical social workers are there to help people overcome mental health and substance abuse issues. They can help you find employment and housing options. They also help people develop tools so that they can be successful in society. You might find these workers in hospitals, treatment facilities, and private practices.

Your physician

Because detoxing from stimulants can be so difficult, many doctors recommend reducing doses of Adderall so that you do not suffer the severe aspects of withdrawal. This kinf of tapering, however, should be supervised by a medical doctor. Doctors can also get you into contact with different treatment options that can specifically help you treat Adderall addiction.

Trusted religious or spiritual leaders

Seeking out a religious/spiritual leader that you trust can be another way to help maintain recovery. Community is important to recovery. Many times these communities provide group therapy, classes, and support you need to maintain recovery. Different leaders have different methods with different results.

How to treat Adderall addiction questions

Do you still have questions about treating Adderall addiction? Please share your questions and experiences with treating Adderall addiction. We’ll try to respond to your questions personally.

References Sources: NIDA: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment
visit OK.govOklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesPrescription Medication Abuse and Treatment
Drug Abuse: Approaches to Addiction treatment

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7 Responses to “How to treat Adderall addiction
9:51 pm January 27th, 2014

A loved one has abruptly discontinued Adderall because she verbalized her addiction. She lives 14 hours from me and both of us know the importance of counseling and support groups. Her financial status is weak. Any recommendations for support groups in Denver?

11:15 am January 31st, 2014

Hello Elizabeth. Check out the A.A. Denver groups: You can also call a Denver area social services hotline (on their website) to ask for more guidance.

4:34 am May 19th, 2014

I currently use between 160-230mg of adderrall daily. Been an ongoing issue for almost 3years. I am desperate to quit. I know i cannot succeed with this on my own. Around six weeks after my son was born i returned to work i am almost positive i was suffering from post partum.i was offered an adderrall and for some reason took it, i was instantly addicted. The worst mistake of my life. I want to end this battle. I need a dr who will prescribe adderrall to me in a very slow tapering off for me to have a chance. I am not prescribed adderrall nor do i have adhd. I cannot find a dr in grand rapids mi or muskegon michigan to do that. I literally need them to put me on adderrall just so it can be regulated and i can taper off slow.any help would be appreciated.

1:04 pm May 19th, 2014

Hi Keli. You can benefit from seeing an addictions specialist MD. More on how to do that here:

8:03 pm March 26th, 2015

This is a great article giving you places to start your recovery process, start thinking about how to handle this difficult situation that is a long road to follow. However, staying the course and hanging in there is the only way to go, one day at a time, time is your friend. I have been searching the internet and to find a place that seems very helpful and informative, maybe some of you can use this information. Good luck….you CAN do this!!!

2:29 pm March 21st, 2016

I am desperate to rid adderall from my life. I started using methamphetamine at the age of 16 and fell in love with the “energy high” immediately. After having two babies back to back at 19 and 20 I had been clean for 3 years and was happy and had purpose to my life. Then I was prescribed adderall at age 22 to help with my ADD symptoms. Now almost ten years later, at age 31 I am completely lost in my adderall addiction. I take my months prescription within 5 days and after that is a never ending cycle to aquire it anyway I can. It takes at the least 150mg at once to even feel normal, but easily take 250 to 300mg and more daily. I’ve recently found myself using meth again when I can’t get my hands on adderall. I’ve made several attempts to quit cold turkey but still 5-7 days later cannot get out of bed and I experience horrible, extremely vivid nightmares back to back. I have even quit my job because I couldn’t maintain and I’d hoped that lack of funds would force me to stop. It hasn’t. I am desperate for any advice that might help!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:01 pm April 7th, 2016

Hi Tabitha. I suggest you call the number on our site to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you make the right decision.

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