28 Feb Adderall Addiction In Teens- What You Need to Know
There are many dangers to Adderall addiction and abuse, including side effects that many people (including parents) may not know about. Adderall was originally created to help those who suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or Narcolepsy, the sleep disorder. But due to the powerful “high” Adderall gives it’s users, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly teens, abuse the stimulant every year. Because this is a prescribed drug, many people don’t believe that their Adderal addiction is dangerous, because it was “given by a doctor” but this is not the case. In the year 2011 alone, Adderall led to 1,489 hospital visits, with hundreds of emergency room visits each year following. There are many dangerous side effects and long term effects given by this drug and to those who abuse it.
Effects of Adderall Addiction
Adderall is considered a vastly overprescribed substance in the United States, especially to teens and adolescents. The drug is a potent mixture of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, both of which act upon one’s central nervous system. When abused and overused, there can be major effects that can take place on a human body:
- Extreme agitation
- Stroke or heart attack
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Irregular heart rate
- Sudden spike in blood pressure
And that’s just to name a few. There are also many dangerous long term effects that Adderall addiction can have as well:
- Abdominal pain
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Heart disease
- Weight loss
Why Adderall Addiction? How Can You Help?
The drug Adderall is extremely addictive and its abuse can lead to some very destructive behaviors. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) call this a Schedule II drug, which states that Adderall has a high potential for abuse, as well as psychological or physical addiction. Some other Schedule II drugs include opioids (opium, oxycodone, etc.), methamphetamine, and cocaine.
Adderall Addiction is common among students, due to the massive work and study loads that lay on them. Students often sell or hand out their prescriptions of Adderall to other classmates thinking that it will help them focus and study. It’s also common for someone to abuse Adderall while trying to lose weight. One of the side effects of Adderall is loss of appetite, which can result in an unhealthy weight loss.
Some signs for an Adderall Addiction include:
- Secretive behavior
- Sleeping for long periods of time
- Not sleeping enough
- Financial troubles
- Social withdrawal
- Being overly talkative
- Unusual excitability
- Loss of appetite
And there are so much more. So what do you do if you or your loved one is struggling with Adderall addiction? Key Transitions offers “Key Housing” which is structured living for troubled teens. We help with anything from addiction/mental health treatment, structure, accountability, resources, life skills, money management, mentoring, interventions. If you would like to learn more, call today.