Addiction to Adderall can occur if a person has been abusing the drug in large amounts or for a long time. According to the NLM, “The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine [used together to create Adderall] can be habit-forming.” This is why individuals who take the drug for ADHD treatment are told not to “take a larger dose, take the medication more often, or take it for a longer time than prescribed.”
Even if you have become addicted to Adderall, there are many ways to get help. Whether you choose formal treatment centers, support groups, counseling, or a combination of different treatments, make sure that whatever treatment method you choose fits your individual needs.
Adderall Addiction Rehab Facilities
Stimulant addiction can be very serious and can cause dangerous effects which is why many individuals who suffer from Adderall addiction need formal treatment in a rehab center. There are inpatient centers which are more suitable for those patients with more severe addictions to Adderall, polydrug addictions (this means addictions to more than one substance), co-occurring mental disorders (like depression, stimulant-induced psychosis, etc.), and little or no support system. Patients who would do better in an outpatient center are those with less severe addictions and fewer additional issues.
Many patients need this kind of structured treatment and help in order to stop abusing Adderall. And, according to the CHCE, “Psychosis is induced more commonly by amphetamine than by cocaine, perhaps because it is difficult to maintain high chronic levels of cocaine in the body.” This means that Adderall abusers should be especially examined for the possibility of stimulant-induced psychosis.
Finding Adderall Addiction Rehab Facilities
Finding an addiction facility that fits your needs should not be difficult if you are willing to do a little research and ask around for help. Many rehab facilities exist that are equipped to handle Adderall addiction, and finding one can be easy if you know where to search.
- Use an Internet directory to find nearby facilities. With SAMHSA‘s treatment locator, you can view centers by location as well as cost, payments accepted, treatment options available, facility type, etc.
- Talk to your doctor. If you are looking for a certain type of facility in your area, your doctor might know of some that will come recommended.
- Ask your friends and family members to help you research.
- When you find a facility that looks promising, call ahead to ask questions and/or schedule a tour so that you can see the center before you decide to attend treatment there.
All of these ways of finding a rehab facility can possibly help you locate a more structured, controlled type of treatment for your Adderall addiction. These facilities are for anyone who needs extra help stopping their Adderall abuse, and if you have been abusing the drug for more than a few months and especially several years, you should truly consider attending this kind of formal addiction treatment facility.
Adderall Addiction Support Groups
There are many support groups that meet all over the country and sometimes even online where you can receive help for your recovery from Adderall. Many people do not wish to attend formal addiction treatment for one reason or another (they feel there is a stigma, they do not have the money, etc.), but support groups are available if you feel that they are more fitting to your needs.
In a support group, you will meet with other individuals who are living with addiction and be able to discuss your feelings with those who will understand them the most. Often, these sessions are led by other former addicts who have been in recovery for a long time. These groups meet in many places from churches to recreation centers to treatment facilities.
Finding Adderall Addiction Support Groups
If you decide to attend an Adderall addiction support group, you can find them in many different places.
- Go to your local outreach or community center and ask the staff or volunteers about local support groups and where they meet.
- Ask someone at a government office or check bulletin boards in these buildings. There is a possibility that someone here may know of a possible support group that can help addicted individuals.
- Search for support groups online. Many have their daily meetings listed by location, and others may meet online so that individuals in need will always have somewhere to go.
Finding a support group shouldn’t be any more difficult than finding an addiction facility; you just have to make sure it’s the right one for you and research the treatment option. Remember, if any treatment or person is not helping you get better, find a place where you can feel comfortable, relaxed, and supported because you are going through a difficult time.
Adderall Addiction Counseling
According to Harvard Medical School, “As yet, no medication is FDA-approved for cocaine or stimulant addiction.” This means that, unless a person experiences severe side effects during withdrawal or Adderall addiction treatment, behavioral therapy will often be the main (and in some cases) only treatment used. This is why counseling or therapy can be a beneficial option to help you with your Adderall abuse.
SAMHSA states that “an estimated 6.4 percent of full-time college students age 18 to 22 used Adderall nonmedically in the past year.” This is much higher than other groups and occurs because many college students use the drug to
- Stay awake and alert
- Study for tests
- Lose weight
- Get high
These individuals can seek help from school counselors if they realize that their abuse of Adderall has gotten out of control.
Finding Adderall Addiction Counseling
Talk to your school counselor about your Adderall use and ask if you should attend formal treatment. Sometimes, it can be beneficial to talk to someone about your feelings and be able to make a plan for your treatment. Especially if you haven’t been abusing Adderall for very long, this treatment could benefit you in many ways.
Adderall addiction help can be found in many places if you look for the right treatment options and do your research. Ask yourself how severe your Adderall abuse and addiction are and then you can find the right kind of treatment for you.