Help for Adderall addiction

Adderall addicts can get help. You can find help for Adderall addiction by calling the National Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP or consulting with your doctor, a psychotherapist, a trusted friend or family member or a local treatment center. More here on finding and getting help for Adderall addiction.

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Seeking help for possible Adderall addiction?

Do you think you or someone you love is addicted to Adderall? You are not alone. Adderall addictive qualities are well documented.  And becoming addicted to Adderall is more and more common.  First, the body can develop a quick dependence to amphetamines. Then, combined with possible euphoric effect, Adderall is a highly appealing performance enhancement drug. And because Adderall is legal, Adderall addiction can go unchecked for a long time.

So, what can you do to start treating Adderall addiction? Here, we look at some practical ways you can help someone you suspect has an Adderall addiction. If at the end of the article, you have questions about Adderall addiction and how you can help… please ask!

How to help Adderall addiction

There are several ways you can help address Adderall addiction. However, helping Adderall addiction comes down to two major categories: physical and mental health.

1. Addressing a physical Adderall addiction

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The first step in providing help for Adderall addiction is to address the physical aspects of chemical dependence. Help for Adderall addiction starts with detox. If you or someone you know plans to stop taking Adderall, expect a period of withdrawal. Because amphetamines are no longer in the body, the body reacts and can cause stressful and unwanted symptoms. It is important to monitor the physical symptoms of Adderall withdrawal. This can be done in detox centers and treatment facilities. You can also help treat Adderall withdrawal with over-the-counter medications that treat flu like symptoms, cramps, and insomnia.

2. Addressing a psychological Adderall addiction

When the physical body is no longer dependent on Adderall to function normally, you can find help for the psychological aspects of Adderall addiction. Finding a therapist or group you can talk to is a very important step. Addiction is a lifetime condition that may need to be addressed long after initial Adderall detox occurs. Being able to talk to someone and explore the roots of any addiction and why Adderall is specifically the drug of choice is an effective way to help. For example, if addiction to Adderall was a result of performance enhancement, figuring out ways to study and meet deadlines can help you from returning to Adderall use in the future.

Getting help for Adderall addiction

Getting help for Adderall addiction can be overwhelming. It can be hard, but ask for help. Admitting you have a problem and talking with someone you trust and can help you immensely. Seek out your school’s counseling office on campus. They have multiple resources that can help treat an Adderall addiction and sometimes offer their own medical help. Or, talk with a social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist trained in addictions. These professionals offer non-judgmental help for addiction and can refer you to additional resources.

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However, the first point of contact should be your doctor. Doctors can help advise you on returning to therapeutic use of Adderall or can help provide you with a tapering schedule if you decide to quit Adderall completely. An MD can also help you identify alternative pharmaceutical treatments if you still need medications to treat ADHD symptoms.

How to help a Adderall addict

Usually we think addiction only affects the addict. While this may primarily be the case, addiction also has an impact on those around addicts. Many times, people enable the behavior of addicts without knowing it. People may not saying anything or make allowances for their behavior. Families might cover for an addict or lend them money so they can get their hands on Adderall. Other times, if the medication is prescribed, many rationalize Adderall use as a necessity.

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The best way to help an Adderall addict is not to be an enabler. Addicts whose families also participate in the recovery process and get their own help are said to be more successful in maintaining recovery for the addict. By holding yourself accountable for the way you interact with an addict, you start to set limits. You can also practically help an Adderall addict to find help by making phone calls. Or you may be the support they need while they are seeking treatment and developing new boundaries. If the person addicted to Adderall is really close to you, seek your own counseling from a licensed counselor or psychotherapist. Alternative, seek out support from groups such as Al-Anon or Narc-Anon to learn how to repair your relationship.

Adderall addiction help and helplines

Sometimes you can find help for Adderall addiction close by. You may only have to look in your city/state Yellow Pages for helplines and facility phone numbers. You may also seek out the resources provided by your school or university. Sometimes they have their own hotlines and services to help with substance abuse. In lieu of this, there is a National Drug Abuse hotline you can call 24-7. THe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a national hotline you can call which can put you in contact with several resources. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). It is a catch-all hotline with round-the-clock advisors who can quickly help you find Adderall treatment close to you.

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Reference Sources: Delaware: How to help Family Members who are Abusing Drugs
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About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I am hoplessly addicted to adderall, I cannot function without it and now I am slso addicted to xanax and Soma bc I can’t sleep and I’m so high strung. Everyone at work thinks I’m really stupid because I am so incompetent due to my dependancy. I’m not all that bright to begin with and this just makes it worse. Can you please help me?

    1. Hi Nadine. If you have questions about addiction treatment and your options, call our free hotline to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

  2. My 16 yr old grandson has been adderal dependant for awhile but he no longer wants to continue taking it. He says he can’t eat and sleep. He has not taken any for 3 days now, he crashes early, like at 7pm and continues to sleep all nite. Is this normal and should I be concerned for him, doing the cold turkey method?

  3. Hello my name is Clair im 23 and my adderall addiction has consumed my life for a year now. I have tried so many times to quit just to relapse. Im desperate to get my life back. My body cant handle it anymore. Im scared im going to die because of this drug. Ive OD so many times im scared next time will be too late. My family has tried to help but wont see its more of a problem then they believe. Its also fulled by my eating disorder although by this point it doesnt even help me loose weight. Im so tired of this life. Please help. Thank you

    1. Hi, Clair. If you have questions about addiction treatment and your options, immediate assistance is available. Call our free hotline to speak with a trusted treatment provider.

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