How to Detox from AdderallWithdrawals, Symptoms and Effects
How to Detox from Adderall
Adderall is a prescription medication that is actually a type of amphetamine. It is used most commonly to treat ADHD, and, less often, narcolepsy. Adderall works by stimulating dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in the brain. In people with narcolepsy, this has a stimulating effect, and for those with ADHD, this has a kind of calming effect. (For recreational users, it has a more classical amphetamine effect, simply producing the high of an “upper.”)
Adderall is classified by the government as a Schedule II drug. This means it is recognized for its accepted medical uses but requires serious monitoring because it has a high potential for dependence and abuse. Legitimate medical uses aside, recreational use of Adderall can cause serious problems. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about half of all emergency room visits related to amphetamines in 2010 were caused by nonmedical Adderall use.
If you or someone you care about identify with two or more of these symptoms of Adderall abuse, it’s time to think about detoxing from Adderall:
- You focus on quitting Adderall a lot, or have failed in your attempts to quit
- You consume more Adderall than you want to, or more than your doctor prescribes for you
- You neglect responsibilities at school work, or home to use Adderall
- You spend lots of time using Adderall or trying to get it
- You use Adderall when it’s dangerous or even life-threatening, like when you’re working on a hazardous job or driving
- You notice that using Adderall makes you sick, but you don’t stop
- You notice that you need more Adderall to get the same effect
- You give up activities you used to love to use Adderall
- You experience withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop using Adderall
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Adderall Use?
Adderall is often misused by people with prescriptions for it or abused by people who don’t have prescriptions at all. Many people abuse Adderall to study more effectively, gain more energy, lose weight, or just to get high. If you think someone you care about may be abusing Adderall, know what to look for:
- Changes in appetite
- Decreased need for sleep
- “Doctor shopping,” or seeing multiple doctors to get prescriptions
- Increased attentiveness and energy
- Increased body temperature
- Increased sociability
- Intranasal effects, such as nosebleeds or sniffling
- Irregular heartbeat
- Marked weight loss
- Noticeable changes in behavior, especially hostility, intense anger, or paranoia
- Psychomotor agitation (repetitive movements without any purpose)
- Signs of intravenous drug use, such as abscesses, puncture marks, track lines, or cellulitis
Being able to spot these symptoms and signs can ensure you’re ready to help someone with Adderall abuse.
What are the Risks and Effects of Adderall Abuse?
Although many people believe that prescription drugs are safe to use whether or not you have a prescription, this is simply false. Abusing Adderall carries serious mental and physical health risks with it. In fact, the longer you abuse Adderall, the greater your risk of experiencing major and even life-threatening consequences. Some of the long-term consequences of Adderall abuse include:
- Abnormal dopaminergic and serotonergic neurotransmission
- Anger and aggression leading to antisocial or oppositional and defiant behaviors
- Anxiety and panic
- Blockage of blood vessels
- Cardiovascular complications, including heart attack
- Dependence, which means you get withdrawal symptoms if you try to quit or even cut back
- Erratic or dangerous behaviors due to paranoia
- Intranasal consequences, like perforated septum
- Intravenous consequences, such as HIV, hepatitis, heart lining infection, tetanus, or tuberculosis
- Severe mood swings
- Tolerance, making you need more and more just to get the same high, which also increases all of the other risks
It’s important to get help for Adderall addiction. Don’t try to go it alone.
Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms
Physiological and psychological dependence are major risks for Adderall users. If you’re dependent on Adderall, when you quit you are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. The severity of those symptoms and the length of the detox period vary from person to person, but for anyone they can include one to three weeks of:
- Aches and pains
- Anxiety, nervousness, or panic
- Dysphoria, or a general feeling of unhappiness
- Impaired social functioning
- Increased appetite
- Irritability and/or other mood disturbances
- Vivid or unpleasant dreams and nightmares.
- Sleep disturbances such as insomnia or hypersomnia
- Psychomotor agitation or retardation
Going through withdrawal is no time to be alone with your thoughts at home. Get professional help to manage this stage in the long road toward recovery.
Adderall Detox Timeline
Completely detoxing from Adderall can take at least five days and up to three weeks. How long it will take for you and what your symptoms will be like depends on several things:
- Average dose when you quit—detox can take longer for those who took more Adderall
- How long you took Adderall—the longer you were using, the more severe and lasting your withdrawal symptoms can be
- Your genetic makeup—although those other factors are very important, to some extent, your own body’s genes and makeup determines what your recovery is like, independent of other factors
It is most common to relapse and start using Adderall again within the first 4 weeks after quitting. That’s why it is so important to decide where and how you will be detoxing from Adderall throughout the most important parts of this timeline and what you will do immediately afterward.
Finding an Adderall Treatment Program
Adderall withdrawal and recovery are no picnic. Don’t let this drug’s prescription status fool you; quitting is very difficult. You will need an Adderall treatment program that can support your mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety just as strongly as your physical needs. At Clear Sky Recovery, you will enjoy the complete package of professionally assisted Adderall detox in a stunning setting medically designed to aid in your recovery. Reach out today to learn more about why Clear Sky offers you something you can’t get anywhere else.