Adderall Addiction and Abuse

Siobhan Morse, Executive Director of The National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies discusses Adderall addiction and abuse.

What is Adderall?

Adderall is the combination of the amphetamine and dextroamphetamine which belong to the group of medicines called central nervous system stimulants.

It is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also called ADHD, and narcolepsy, which is an uncontrollable desire for sleep or sudden attacks of deep sleep.


Adderall Addiction Abuse

What is Adderall abuse?

Stimulants have been used for both performance enhancement and recreational purposes, for example, to get high.

For the performance enhancement effect, they suppress appetite to facilitate weight loss, increased wakefulness, and increased focus and attention.

Adderall is also sometimes abused by students who do not have ADHD but feel that it helps them perform better in school.

The euphoric effects of stimulants usually occur when they are crushed and then snorted or ingested.

Some abusers dissolve the tablets in water and inject the mixture. Complications from this method of use can arise because insoluble fibers in the tablets can block small blood vessels.

What are Adderall street names?

Adderall street names include: beans, black beauties, dexies, pep pills, speed, uppers, Christmas trees, beanies, double trouble.

Adderall addiction symptoms and side-effects

Adderall addiction and Adderall side-effects can include: a strong desire or a need to continue taking the medication, a need to increase the dose to receive the effects of the medication, increased blood pressure, increased rapid heart rate, increased body temperature, decreased sleep, decreased appetite, hostility, paranoia, and high doses of Adderall can lead to serious cardiovascular complications and even stroke.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Adderall?

After discontinuing use of Adderall, withdrawal symptoms may include: fatigue, depression, disturbed sleep patterns, and changes in heart rhythm.


Adderall Addiction and Abuse

Adderall Addiction and Abuse



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