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Adderall Addiction Can Be Brutal

Adderall is often considered the drug of choice for overachievers. Adderall is a long-acting amphetamine often prescribed to alleviate the impulsive behavior and short attention span caused by ADHD. Many students without ADHD abuse Adderall because they feel pressure to excel in school, even if it means studying, working on projects, and doing extracurricular activities at the expense of sleeping. Ironically, the intense energy and focus Adderall can give you often does not translate into good work. It often seems good at the time, but later seems disjointed and frenetic.

Nevertheless, the feeling of going a million miles an hour is addictive. You feel great on Adderall–confident, productive, energetic. The world is a bit sharper. You can really focus on what you’re doing. The flip side of that is when you stop taking it, you feel stuck in mud. You’re extremely tired. You can’t focus. You’re depressed.

If you are someone who started taking Adderall to get ahead at school or work, trudging through a long period of this kind of withdrawal is unthinkable. You have tests to study for and projects to finish. You can’t stay in bed for two weeks while your neurotransmitters level out.

For people who don’t need it, Adderall has a downward spiralling effect. It keeps you from sleeping, so you feel tired and you need to take more just to function. This is in addition to the normal tolerance that forms the basis of physical dependence. It’s a difficult cycle to break.

Just as painkiller addiction often leads to heroin addiction, Adderall addiction can lead to meth addiction. Like heroin, meth is usually cheaper and easier to get than its prescription cousin, and like heroin, meth is more dangerous.

Quitting Adderall is challenging because taking it makes you feel like you have been turbocharged and are finally reaching your potential. Quitting feels like going back to your old, mediocre self, only more tired and unfocused than you were before. Failure at work or schools feels certain. It’s easy to say, “I’ll stop after finals,” or “I’ll stop once I get a promotion,” but it’s never easier to stop in the future.

Quitting Adderall or other amphetamines is possible and you can do it without feeling like your life is ending. It requires support, therapy, and possibly medication. Gardens Wellness Center has the resources to help you break your addiction so you can be productive and happy. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at