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Safely Withdrawal from Adderall

When it comes to getting treatment for Adderall addiction, the idea of withdrawal and detox can be scary. Getting free of the drug on your own is difficult, and those first days and weeks without it are typically the hardest. Going through detox and withdrawal from Adderall with the assistance of trained professionals makes the process smoother, safer and more likely to lead to your overall treatment success.

Here at The Treatment Center, we make the entire process as stress-free as possible. From medically assisted Adderall detox to counseling that helps you develop the tools you need to stay free of drugs for the rest of your life, our programs are designed to foster a healthy recovery.

Call us today at (877) 392-3342 for a free and confidential assessment and learn more about Adderall detox and how we can help you through the withdrawal process.

Why Does Adderall Cause Withdrawal Symptoms?

Symptoms of Adderall AbuseAdderall is an amphetamine that is often used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. The drug is extremely common and illicit use has risen quickly over the last couple of decades, especially among young people. Off-prescription Adderall use is often perceived as safe even though it really isn't. Many high school and college students don't even realize the risk, which leads to high rates of use among these populations. 

Like all amphetamines, Adderall can be highly addictive, especially when used in ways not prescribed by a doctor. Taking too much Adderall, taking the drug too often or taking it in ways that increase the concentration of the dose can all make dependence more likely.

The reason Adderall is so addictive is because it directly affects the levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain. The rise in dopamine gives the Adderall user a feeling of pleasure, while the enhanced epinephrine and norepinephrine work to both increase focus and make that focused feeling last longer than normal.

People on Adderall often develop a tolerance to the drug, so higher doses are needed to feel the same effects. Tolerance also drives the user to take higher doses of Adderall more frequently to prevent unwanted withdrawal symptoms.

Once someone is addicted to Adderall, taking the drug out of the system causes the body to react poorly. Even during normal prescribed use, when someone needs to stop using the drug, a doctor typically gradually reduces the dose to help ease withdrawal. There's no easy way to quit Adderall. Fortunately, professional medical help can improve the odds of long-term recovery success.ttc-adderall-study-drug.png

Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal

The symptoms of Adderall withdrawal vary between people and can differ in the same person depending on the degree and duration of the Adderall addiction. Some individuals experience a severe Adderall crash after a binge. An Adderall crash causes symptoms of extreme tiredness and depression along with a desire to withdraw from normal activities. Other Adderall users experience drawn-out symptoms that are less intense but last for a longer time.

Common Adderall withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Depression or general feelings of unhappiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness
  • Nausea or feeling generally unwell
  • Mood swings
  • Skin sensations such as itching or tingling
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness
  • Excess sweating
  • Appetite changes, including feeling hungry all the time or a loss of appetite
  • Adderall cravings

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Working through Adderall detox and withdrawal with the help of medical supervision and trained counselors can have positive results fairly quickly, so it's imperative to get started right away.

Our trained professionals at The Treatment Center can help you work through these symptoms and the entire process of recovery. Give us a call at (877) 392-3342 today to learn more about how we can help you get through the detox and withdrawal process.

The Process of Adderall Detox

When you're ready to be free of Adderall, detoxification is the first big step. Detox is the process of removing all traces of Adderall from your system. Once the body is free of Adderall, strong withdrawal symptoms can continue to occur for a while because the body and brain aren't used to being without the drug.

Before you start the detox process, a trained staff member can assess you and recommend a specific detox and recovery program tailored precisely to your needs. Detoxification and Adderall addiction treatment need not be one-size-fits-all, but should be adapted to your level of addiction, personality, family situation and individual physiology.

The process involves halting use of the drug and managing the immediate symptoms while the body gets rid of Adderall. Medical supervision during the detox process can help you deal with each symptom as it occurs, so you don't have to go through the process alone.

Going through detox at home can be an uncomfortable and dangerous experience. Putting yourself in the hands of professionals during the detoxification process is a wise choice, and checking into a controlled-environment inpatient program for Adderall detox keeps you away from the temptations that led you to addiction in the first place.

Because Adderall detox can be intense, you need coping strategies to help you get through it. The counselors and medical staff at The Treatment Center can help you learn how to cope with the symptoms you experience during the Adderall detox process. Detoxing in a safe, supportive environment such as The Treatment Center also helps ensure that you don't have to worry about other life stresses while going through withdrawal. 

How Long Does Withdrawal from Adderall Last?

Symptoms of long term Adderall abuseThe timeline for Adderall withdrawal is different for every person. For some people, withdrawal from Adderall takes a few days, while others need a few weeks or even a few months to completely stop all of the sensations caused by the sudden absence of the drug.

How long you have been abusing Adderall contributes to how long the withdrawal process takes. Adderall abuse that has lasted only a few months might result in a short withdrawal timeline, while someone who has been addicted to Adderall for years might need longer to purge the drug from the body.

If an Adderall addiction occurs in combination with other addictions or mental health issues, these separate issues need to be addressed at the same time in order to achieve a full recovery. Some common co-occurring issues that The Treatment Center deals with include anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, panic disorders and ADHD.

Long-Term Withdrawal and Recovery

Detoxification is just the first step to recovering from Adderall dependence. Because withdrawal symptoms may continue to occur for a long time after the drug is out of your system, it's essential to get continued treatment after detoxification.

After detoxification and withdrawal, you need a treatment plan that prevents you from returning to drug use. Our inpatient and outpatient programs help you stay on track, so you never have to go through the withdrawal process again.

The Treatment Center offers group and individual counseling to help you deal with the emotions and mental challenges that occur during the withdrawal and recovery process. Family counseling can help you repair relationships that became damaged during your addiction and can help teach your family strategies to help you maintain your drug-free lifestyle after you check out of the facility. Faith-based Christian counseling is available for those who want a religious component to their recovery.

During counseling sessions at The Treatment Center, participants learn coping mechanisms that work in the real world, identify triggers that could lead to future problems and develop an array of strategies to avoid relapses. Motivational strategies initiated by a counselor can help keep you from relapsing, while cognitive behavioral therapy can help you make specific behavioral adaptations that increase the likelihood of staying sober.

Take the first step towards recovering from Adderall addiction and abuse with a call to The Treatment Center at (877) 392-3342. All calls are completely confidential, and we are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure that you have access to treatment when you need it.

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