Signs and Symptoms of Adderall Abuse

Signs and Symptoms of Adderall Abuse

How do you know if you or someone you love is addicted to Adderall? We've put together several common signs and symptoms of Adderall abuse.

Adderall is a potent and highly addictive prescription stimulant, used to treat individuals who are suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (more commonly known as ADHD). This drug is frequently abused, referred to as a “study drug” and used by students who are looking to stay awake and alert while cramming for an examination or attempting to complete a paper. Although those who use the drug often believe they will only take it for a short period (until the exam or paper is complete), it is not uncommon for a psychological dependence to begin developing within the first several uses. 

When it comes to abusing Adderall, one of the predominant side effects is staying awake for extended periods. Those who take the drug to study often have a difficult time falling asleep. Before they know it, morning is upon them, and to stay awake through the next day and avoid missing any classes, they will take Adderall again – and thus, the vicious cycle begins.

Of course, students are not the only demographic that struggles with Adderall abuse. Many individuals who are prescribed the medication by a legitimate physician will develop dependence over time, even if the drug is taken as directed. This is because Adderall is so potent, it re-configures brain chemistry and function in a short period. How do you know if you or someone you love is addicted to Adderall? Below are several common signs and symptoms of Adderall abuse. 

Signs and Symptoms of Adderall Abuse

What Are the Signs of Adderall Addiction?

Because this specific prescription medication is so habit-forming, transitioning from recreational use or experimentation to physical and psychological dependence is not uncommon. Below are some of the most common symptoms of Adderall abuse. 

  • Increased amounts of energy. 
  • Increased desire to be social/being more talkative and outgoing. 
  • Racing thoughts. 
  • Focusing on one menial task at a time, and completing it in a disproportionately thorough manner (for example, setting out to pick up your bedroom and organizing your sock drawer by color, dusting all of the surfaces in your bedroom, etc.).
  • Intense feelings of euphoria and well-being. 
  • Feelings of grandiosity (feeling so self-confident that you believe you are better than others, or that you are invincible). 
  • The increased propensity towards engaging in risk-taking behaviors. 
  • Intense nervousness, worry, or anxiety. 
  • Panic attacks. 
  • Spending a disproportionate amount of time attempting to obtain Adderall. 
  • Doctor shopping (moving around from doctor to doctor in hopes of obtaining more than one prescription at a time). 
  • Feeling anxious and uncomfortable when Adderall is unavailable. 
  • Spending a disproportionate amount of time recovering from abuse (for example, catching up on sleep and missing personal obligations or skipping out on plans to do so). 
  • Using the drug in different ways to feel its effects more quickly (such as crushing the drug and snorting it or even injecting it intravenously, in extreme cases). 
  • Developing a tolerance (requiring greater amounts of Adderall to experience the same sought after ‘high’). 
  • Psychological issues, such as newly developed anger issues, depression, and the development of anxiety-related disorders. 
  • Withdrawal symptoms with ceased use (which can be physical and psychological). 

Adderall Addiction Recovery

At Absolute Awakenings, we have extensive experience in treating those who are suffering from an Adderall abuse disorder. We understand how difficult quitting can be, and we are available to help you along through every step of the process. Adderall addiction not only affects the afflicted individual, but it can greatly disrupt the lives of his or her loved ones. For this reason, we offer family counseling services and ongoing family support. Our comprehensive program of Adderall abuse and addiction recovery is geared towards helping men and women of all ages and personal backgrounds go on to lead the healthy and productive lives they deserve.