For anyone that is unaware of what Adderall is, it is a prescription drug that is used for patients with ADHD, people with hyperactivity, or for people that have trouble focusing, however it is quickly becoming one of today’s most abused substances.
Adderall is different from other substances in the way that the user doesn’t believe they are doing anything harmful to themselves. It’s not like when someone takes an illegal drug or drinks alcohol and they know what they are doing is unhealthy. They figure they are simply taking a pill that will give them increased focus just as coffee would.
People who are currently addicted to Adderall most likely initially took the drug to help themselves complete an assignment at school or a project at work that needed the extra attention, but this can easily become a habit once the user sees the results that come with taking it. There are always going to be more tasks in life that need you to be focused and you can not depend on drugs to help you in the long-term.
Adderall’s new demographics
Adderall has recently grown significantly in popularity due to it’s new demographics of students and office workers who use it for productivity.
Taking a focus drug like Adderall might not seem like a big issue to these people and the reasons why have to do with it not being seen as a “bad drug”. Some of the defences of Adderall include:
- “I’m using it for positive reasons such as doing better at work or school”
- “It’s not illegal so obviously it’s not going to ruin my life.”
- “If they give it to kids it can’t be that bad for me.”
These may make sense to some people, but what happens when you stop taking the drug? It may not seem like Adderall can become an addiction, but anytime you use a mind-altering substance you can most definitely become addicted quite quickly
It starts off as a one time thing, but eventually you develop an addiction. Just like any other substance, the more you use it the more you’ll have to take to feel the same effects. As your brain begins to rely on the effects that come with taking Adderall it will be harder and harder to stop using it and eventually you will have trouble functioning without it. It will become hard to stop taking it even when you don’t need to be focused as it has now reacted with the chemicals in your brain.
It’s true that from a side effects stand-point it is not as bad as a drug like cocaine or heroin, but abusers of Adderall perform exactly like any other addict and users of Adderall also tend to be younger than most other drug using demographics.
“In 2009, 5.4 percent of high school seniors were using Adderall without a prescription. By 2012, it was 7.6 percent. It is in fact, the only drug that saw an increase in use among high schoolers last year, according to a national report for the National Institute on Drug Abuse”
We mentioned earlier how the side effects may not seem as bad as harder, illegal drugs but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. It is still substance abuse and with substance abuse comes side effects in both the short and long term.
- Potentially dangerous cardiac issues.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Decreased ability to concentrate.
- Disrupted heart rhythm.
- Increased blood pressure.
- High risk of alcohol poisoning (if mixed with alcohol)
Just because Adderall doesn’t seem like a “bad drug” don’t let it fool you. It has dangerous consequences that come with addiction just like any other substance.
If you or someone you know is abusing substances and are motivated to begin your path to recovery, give us a call at (877) 212-8299 and after listening to you, our treatment specialists will find a treatment program that is a perfect fit for your individual needs.