You may have heard horror stories about amphetamines. However, what if a doctor gives you a legitimate prescription? It can’t really be that bad if your doctor gave it to you, right? Unfortunately, just because Adderall is a legal drug doesn’t make it harmless. Because of its ability to increase productivity and energy, Adderall abuse often goes unnoticed—and also untreated.
Who Gets “Hooked”?
TV shows and drug education programs might lead you to believe that addictions are easy to spot, but that isn’t always true. Although students and working professionals looking for a boost in productivity are the most common users, Adderall abuse can affect anyone at any age. Most men who abuse Adderall are no different than anyone else. They have homes, jobs and families. They also have a substance abuse problem.
Adderall Abuse Warning Signs
Although some amphetamine side effects are common, they become more frequent and more intense when they’re being abused. Keep in mind that not everyone who abuses Adderall will have the same symptoms. It’s important to note what abuse could look like so it can be addressed quickly.
Some common signs of Adderall abuse include:
- Anxiety: This is more than just butterflies associated with an upcoming test or event. It’s a persistent, extreme reaction that can include panic attacks, trembling, and even nausea.
- Restlessness: While the boosts productivity and can even be helpful in treating ADHD, it can leave someone unable to relax.
- Shortness of Breath: Along with increasing activity in the nervous system, Adderall can also cause respiratory issues, leaving individuals feeling winded.
- Hallucinations: Those who abuse Adderall long term experience both visual and auditory illusions.
- Personality Changes: This behavioral symptom should be a huge red flag. In prescribed doses, Adderall usually doesn’t cause aggressive or secretive behavior.
Can You Prevent Addiction?
Preventing substance abuse from starting is easier than treating it once it happens. However, unlike illicit drugs such as cocaine or heroin, doctors may need to prescribe Adderall to treat a legitimate medical issue.
Even if you’re taking your medicine just as prescribed by your doctor, it’s still possible to develop an Adderall dependence. Each person is different and what causes one person to become addicted may not have any effect at all on another person.
If you think that Adderall addiction may be affecting you, it’s best to reach out for help sooner rather than later.
What Help Is Available?
There are many treatment programs available for those suffering with addiction. If you’re a man struggling with Adderall abuse, Serenity Lodge is one of the best.
Our male-only recovery center in California offers various treatment resources, including:
- Individual counseling
- Group sessions and family groups
- Addiction education
- 12-Step program
- Aftercare and sober living
Our facility sits on 22 acres of peaceful land and boasts private rooms for each Client, along with access to our recording studio, library, movie theatre, pool and much more.
We know it can be difficult to overcome an addiction, but we’re here to help. Call Serenity Lodge today at (855) 932-4045.