Adderall is a prescription drug that’s generally used to treat people with a diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) along with other neurological disorders that may require rebalancing certain chemicals in the brain.
Understanding Adderall Dependency and Tolerance
It’s very possible to develop a strong dependency on Adderall, particularly if it’s been taken for an extended length of time. But, even if it’s only been used for a short period of time, a person’s body can still become readily accustomed to it. Dependency indicates that the user’s body expects the drug to be delivered every day and relies on the chemicals to be created without the help from an organ. If this drug is abruptly stopped, it’s extremely difficult for the user’s body to properly function. Also, a tolerance to Adderall may occur. This happens when a user takes it for a certain period of time, but then needs more to reach the original desired effects. The system has the capacity to buildup a tolerance to all kinds of amphetamines, including the drug Adderall.
Dependence on Adderall
Dependence happens when the user’s body starts to rely on the delivery of Adderall in order to keep functioning properly. This is how physical dependence happens. It’s something to seriously think about before you plan to stop taking the drug. For best results, you should taper off the dosage to avoid negative withdrawal symptoms and unpleasant side effects.
Adderall, along with other prescription stimulants, can make a user’s body generate dopamine quite rapidly. This action causes a significant increase of it in the brain that inevitably results in dependency. Once the drug is stopped, withdrawal symptoms and side effects begin to occur. Some of these symptoms may include insomnia, depression, fatigue, or the desire to sleep all the time. If you notice you have any of these symptoms upon using the drug extensively, it may be necessary to seek medical advice. Also, psychological dependency occurs if a user is accustomed to taking a certain drug as part of a key pattern. If the pattern is changed, subsequent anxiety and stress can result.
Adderall Addiction or Dependent on It?
You may be abusing Adderall if any of the following occur:
• You’re taking the drug without a doctor’s prescription
• You’re using it for recreational purposes rather than clinical purposes
• You’re using it in greater doses or more often than how it’s prescribed
People who abuse the drug are at a much higher risk of developing an Adderall addiction and commonly develop a key tolerance to its effectiveness and require larger amounts of the drug in order to get the effects they desire. If you’ve ever had an alcohol or drug problem or family history of addiction, you are at a greater risk of overdose or Adderall addiction as well.
Signs of Adderall Addiction
• You keep using the drug even though you realize how it’s negatively affecting you.
• You have an overwhelming desire to keep taking the drug.
• You experience intense withdrawal symptoms whenever you try to stop taking it.
• You always want to take more than what you’re actually prescribed.
• Using Adderall is more important to you over anything else, including fun activities or engaging in close relationships with others.
If you think you may have developed an Adderall addiction and feel you need help to discontinue your use, use a helpline to safely stop before you overdose. Call this hotline number: 800-447-9081 to get the help you need today.