In 2012, nearly 2.5 million people abused prescription drugs for the first time.
of Adderall users also report instances of binge drinking.
College Student are more than twice as likely to develop an addiction to Adderall.
A Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant that acts as a prescribed drug that is used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Adderall is classified as a Schedule II drug that is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Adderall is manufactured into various pill like shapes that must be prescribed by a doctor to obtain. Some pills are pink and blue that are rounded and stamped with identification indicators. Other pills are encapsulated is cylindrical shapes with powdered contents. The abuse of prescription drugs is very common as there is over 10 different prescription drugs that require professional treatment to overcome.
Common Street Names include: Beans, Truckies or Truck Drivers, Black beauties, Fast lightening or lightening, Dexies, Pep Pills, Speed, Uppers, Lid openers, Christmas trees, Blue Pep Beanies, Double trouble, Eye poppers or Eye openers, Rippers, Lid Poppers, Black Pep, Oranges, Cross tops, Peppy, Red Pep, Road Dope, and Snap.
Inpatient facilities are where patients stay in a facility for a period of time, typically for 30, 60 or 90 days. Professionals provide one on one therapy, group counseling, and family support meetings that remove the user from the environment that created the addiction (this is usually best done out of town). These rehab centers are able to provide individual support while removing temptation so the addict can better focus on recovery. Inpatient rehab also works to treat the underlying causes of the addiction; psychological, history or environmental. This form of treatment has the best track record as it usually leads to lasting recovery.
An outpatient program is where the patients travel to a clinic several times a week to take part in treatment sessions and then leave, rather than living at a facility. This allows the patient to work, attend school or go about their life as normal. The problem is the addict is still exposed to the environment that contributed to their addiction to begin with. However, with strong will and the honest desire to kick the addiction, out-patient can be successful. While this form of treatment isn’t for everyone, it is often successful and has done wonders for thousands of people in this situation.
Abuse of prescription drugs are on the rise in our country. People of all ages and backgrounds are getting hooked on pill to the point where it gets out of hand. Do not think that prescription drugs are a safer alternative to using other harmful substances. Some medically approved drugs can be just as dangerous as cocaine and heroin if not taken as prescribed.
College students are twice more likely to abuse Adderall than any other demographic or age group. Most of the college students who do intake Adderall, do so without a proper prescription. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 50 percent of college students have illegally bought and used Adderall, Ritalin or other stimulants within the last year. As you can guess, midterms and finals week is when stimulants are most abused. But there are many reports of students who abuse Adderall and other stimulants recreationally.
While Adderall could lead to costing you your life, the money costs of Adderall can add up over years of abuse. The retail price of Adderall with a prescription comes out to about $6 to $8 a pill. Many people who have access to prescription Adderall try to make a profit by selling it on college campuses and through drug dealing circles. While these dealers can charge whatever they want, the average price comes out to about $3 to $5 a pill. Obviously, it is highly illegal to buy and sell prescription drugs without going through the proper process.
An addiction can tear apart a family and ruin relationships for a lifetime. Many family members and friends get to their wits end with their loved one who is struggling with a substance abuse problem and the tensions between the two parties is, sometimes, never resolved. People who have never suffered from an addiction do not understand how to help a loved one, they usually just get mad or upset with the addict. That is why it is important to attend family therapy during the addict’s rehab program. Meeting and connecting can help both the addict and the family understand how the addict’s action have affected them. And if the addict knows that his or her family is willing to support them through rehab, then they will be more likely to remain sober for years to come.
Connecting with other people who are going through a similar situation as you can be powerful in your road to recovery. When you see other people also suffer from addiction, it can make you realize that you are not the only one who fell victim to drug addiction or alcoholism. Setting up a strong support group is a good way to have go-to people in your time of need. After rehab is complete is when the real work begins, because you will have to deny temptations to use drugs and alcohol. Having a strong support group backing you can give you people to talk to when you are having a bad day and triggers are arising to use.
People take to Adderall for many different reasons. Some use it hoping to lose weight, others use to as a studying tool, and there are cases of athletes even using it to remain focused for the big game. No matter the reason, there is always a chance that the user can become addicted to Adderall. Some clear signs of Adderall addiction include: needing larger doses, choosing to use it even though they know it is harmful, not being able to function without it and spending a huge amount of time and money to obtain more. If you or someone you know is showing signs of not being able to quit their Adderall intake, then now is the time to seek professional help.
If you are constantly using Adderall and cannot stop you should seek professional help. Many Adderall users do not know, but you can indeed overdose from it. The most common overdose signs are: puking, chest pain, trouble breathing, shaking, fainting and high fever. Adderall can also serve as a gateway drug to other harmful substances such as: alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. Often times, when the user loses access to enough Adderall, they turn to stronger substances to fill the hole. This can easily lead down a dark path.