Adderall is an addictive prescription medication that has become a highly abused “street drug” in recent years. What used to be referred to as the “Highschool Crystal Meth” has become increasing popular among housewives, CEO’s, and college students. Adderall works by increasing dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine, is the brain chemical that makes one “feel good”. Although dopamine occurs naturally in the brain, Adderall will produce unnaturally high levels of it. This is what causes users to come back for more.
Adderall mimics the stimulant effects similar to cocaine. Those who begin taking Adderall on a regular basis, at unprescribed doses, most often become addicted. What may begin as a worried parent’s attempt to “help” their child make better grades, or be less active in class, can lead that child down a dangerous road of addiction into their early adult life.
The Real Housewives Of Adderall
Many women claim to be using abusing Adderall as a way to keep up with the many tasks at home, raising children and often holding down a full time job all at the same time. One of the side effects these housewives found appealing was the weight loss that takes place with regular Adderall use.
Housewives are being arrested daily for illegally buying Adderall on the street, when their children have moved on and the prescription is no longer available. Women are being admitted to emergency rooms for overdosing on this stimulant at an all time high, and it is especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol and other prescription medications. Even vitamins and supplements can have adverse effects when taken with Adderall, something that when obtaining the drug illegally is not shared with these women. The house is clean, the laundry is done and they are maintaining those slender figures, but it comes at a cost, an addiction.
Staying On Top
CEO’s, college students and other adults just trying to “keep up” are also using this highly addictive stimulant to keep their “edge” and their grades competitive. Imagine, the amount of college age students who are prescribed Adderall and other stimulants can change the way a professor would use a curve in their grading system. Overall, students taking stimulants, such as Adderall will have the ability to pull all-nighters to cram for an exam, and remain highly focused when in class, doing research and writing papers. To stay above the curve in work and school, young adults are abusing this dangerous stimulant at alarming rates. They take it to come “up”, then have to take something else to “come down”. This type of self medicating is very dangerous. Also, the amount of CEO’s and college kids that combine alcohol with the drug Adderall are playing with their lives, just to be the life of the party.
Addiction Symptoms Of Adderall
When the availability of the drug has dried up, one will begin to experience withdrawal effects as soon as the next day. They begin to feel foggy headed, or tired. This is a sign of Adderall withdrawal, and an a sign of addiction.
Most Common Signs Of Adderall Addiction:
- Taking the drug other than how prescribed
- Not being able to focus on work and/or school without Adderall
- Spending money getting the drug
- Being arrested for illegally obtaining Adderall
- Unable to feel alert without Adderall
- Needing larger doses
- Crushing and snorting Adderall
The symptoms of withdrawal caused by Adderall addiction is hard to manage on your own. Many users are unable to quit without the help of a rehabilitation center. Seeking a drug counselor, and getting to a treatment facility as soon as an addiction is discovered will increase the chance of successfully quitting.