In a world that becomes more fast-paced and demanding with each passing day, humans also continually look for new ways to keep up with this increasing demand. While some people opt for productivity apps or even a mid-day espresso drink to recharge their energy, other people are turning to prescription drugs, such as Adderall, to maximize their performance.
While from face value, this might not seem like a huge problem, Adderall is a highly addictive stimulant that can have critically detrimental effects on the body from consistent and/or long-term usage.
How Does Adderall Work?
When Adderall is initially consumed, it causes the brain to release unusually high levels of dopamine. Dopamine is a compound in the body that is responsible for that euphoric feeling you get when something positive occurs. Your body already produces this chemical naturally, but while on Adderall, it occurs in excessive amounts.
Likewise, due to the increased release in dopamine, Adderall also boosts alertness and cognitive ability to focus on tasks for long periods of time. These perks are why so many goal-oriented people opt for this particular drug. As life becomes more challenging, human physiology remains mostly the same. As a result, Adderall is what many people are using to supplement this growing need to become more efficient.
Dependency on Adderall stems directly from the drug’s ability to drastically change a person’s brain chemistry. A person who regularly takes Adderall will feel naturally inclined to continue doing so in order to maintain the heightened level of energy and alertness. However, the obvious dangers of the drug become glaringly apparent when the individual stops taking it, even for a day. They might become irritable, tired, mentally foggy, or even physically sick. These are known as withdrawal symptoms.
Adderall for Performance
People take Adderall for all sorts of reasons, but there is a very common theme in the majority of situations: they are looking for a boost in mood and productivity. People who work or go to school in high-stress environments often will turn to Adderall for an energy boost. For example, a student who must complete a lot of work within a short period of time might use Adderall to stay awake and focused. An individual who works in sales or retail, where quotas and goals must be met, is highly likely to abuse Adderall.
Truck operators who must stay alert and awake during long trips might use Adderall. Adderall is even used by those who seek to lose weight due to its ability to suppress the appetite and increase energy levels for exercise. As you can see, there are countless reasons people turn to this potent drug when natural, more traditional approaches are not working.
The Effects of Adderall
There is virtually no one individual that “plans” to become dependent on Adderall. The drug is usually taken for the strict purpose of heightened performance, while there are others who do use it for recreational reasons.
When a person is under the influence of Adderall, their actions might seem hyperactive or overly energetic. Someone who does not normally speak a lot might suddenly seem much more talkative. Long term usage can lead to a person seeming “strung out” or overly jumpy. It’s especially tricky to identify Adderall usage in people who are normally energetic.
In some cases, an individual might pursue stronger, quicker effects from the drug by crushing it into powder form and snorting it.
Who Does Adderall Dependency Affect?
When you think of people who abuse or are dependent on Adderall, your mind might wander to all types of people. Virtually everyone from all walks of life has the potential to abuse Adderall, but it is most commonly used by young college students who are faced with demanding circumstances, such as having to complete a full-time course load while also tending to a full-time job.
Adderall Abuse and Overdose
While Adderall seems like the complete package for anyone struggling with energy or productivity, it also has adverse, devastating effects. In some cases, Adderall usage can lead to:
- Pain in the chest
- Increased/irregular heart rate
- Vomiting and/or nausea
- Increased rate of respiration
- The “shakes”
When an overdose occurs, an individual might faint or have a high fever.
Adderall addiction is not always apparent, and you may not realize you are suffering from a dependency until it is already out of control. Addiction to an amphetamine can seem impossible to shake. This is why it’s highly necessary for people who struggle with Adderall addiction to receive medical detox and rehabilitation treatment.
When a person enters medical detox, medical professionals help him/her safely and comfortably “come off” of the drug and then decide which type of rehabilitation is necessary for recovery. Amid treatment, people are likely to also receive specialized forms of therapy including CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), group therapy, and counseling. Throughout this process, the individual works towards a life beyond the addiction and free from Adderall dependency.