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Adderall Addiction Symptoms

Adderall addiction is possible and can be harmful to a person who abuses the substance. 

As is the case with many stimulants, the adverse symptoms of Adderall abuse can be significant and taxing on both the body and mind. Please always be mindful that fatal overdoses are possible and known as a result of consuming too much Adderall and that there are other adverse effects including the following which may be experienced:

  • Behaviour may change, including aggressiveness and hostility, paranoia and general emotional instability
  • Nerve cells in the brain may be damaged
  • Insomnia is common, partly due to its stimulant properties
  • Speech and motor reflexes and function can be impaired
  • Stomach and chest pain may be felt
  • The user may feel disoriented and confused
  • Mania, delusions and depression may occur as a result of misuse
  • Nightmares may be experienced with increased frequency and vividness
  • Appetite may be affected, leading to overeating

What does the Adderall withdrawal timeline look like?

In approximately the first day of ceasing use, general stimulant withdrawal symptoms are felt; these are commonly depression and intense fatigue. In the first three to five days, it is likely for the individual to experience continued irritability, mood swings and physical fatigue. Headaches and nightmares may also occur during this period, which is often when the most intense withdrawal symptoms are felt.

After this period, symptoms diminish but users commonly report feeling unable to manage social interactions fully. After several weeks, most users are free from withdrawal symptoms, although some have reported theirs
continuing for some time after. This is usually only reported by heavy users of the substance.

How can you help someone addicted to Adderall?

People usually consume Adderall as a performance-enhancing drug, most commonly to help them study and work more efficiently. This is particularly dangerous among young adults and students who may lack the awareness required to moderate their own consumption of the substance.

In addition to the physical and mental symptoms listed previously, the essence of dependency and addiction is that someone is unable to stop taking a substance (or several substances) despite knowing the harm they are causing to their own lives and the lives of their friends, family and colleagues.

Addiction is something that grows and worsens over time. As the need to take more of a substance increases, it’s typical for an adult to sacrifice other obligations in their life so they can get high more. Examples of this include neglecting their physical health and self-care and avoiding work and career obligations – or performing increasingly poorly at them. Social
circles and time with friends and family are also often steadily diminished.
Adderall addiction and abuse is a serious issue that is worthy of the support and help of rehabilitation professionals. If you or a loved one are struggling with the substance, please get in touch with a provider of affordable rehabilitation services such as the team at Help Me Stop.