In an increasingly competitive environment, young people feel the burden of competition and pressure to perform earlier and more intensely than ever. Unfortunately, this perception of intense competition, in conjunction with more and more young people receiving prescriptions for ADD and ADHD, is leading to an epidemic of stimulant addiction among college students. In response to the increased need to address this issue, many addiction recovery centers offer an Adderall addiction program.
At Oceanfront Recovery, we understand the intense pressures that college students face today. We endeavor to provide top-quality care and resources to help young people break the destructive cycle of addiction and reclaim their lives. To learn more about Adderall addiction treatment, contact us at (877) 296-7477.
Drug Abuse and the Pressure to Study
The pressures to perform well in their studies, work, athletics, or all of these areas can quickly lead college students to drug abuse. For many, Adderall addiction begins simply with a prescription to treat ADD or ADHD. Over time, they begin to develop an unhealthy dependence. Other college students seek out their peers’ prescriptions to give themselves a boost to meet the challenges of juggling intense academic, extracurricular, and social demands.
Even with the best intentions or the most innocent beginning, Adderall use can quickly become an addiction that is just as dangerous as any other addiction. Many young people addicted to Adderall don’t fit the stereotypes of drug abuse. They may be successful, high-achieving stars of their class or community. It doesn’t mean they don’t need help.
Why Is Adderall Dangerous?
You may wonder why so many Adderall prescriptions are filled and recommended if it’s dangerous. Or, if it’s even dangerous and if so, why. Even when a prescription is followed, the long-term side effects of reliance on Adderall can be harmful or even fatal.
Some long-term effects of heavy Adderall use include:
- Neurotoxicity (schizophrenia-like symptoms of paranoid delusions and hallucinations requiring a lifetime of treatment)
- Panic attacks
- Anxiety and depression
- Chronic headaches/migraines
- Heart and kidney disease
- Suicidal ideation
- Mood swings
- Sleep difficulties
- Chronic fatigue
- Inability to focus
- Skin disorders
- Speech impediments
- Vision problems
- Hair loss
- Increased aggression/hostility
- Brain damage
Reading the Signs of Adderall Abuse in College Students
Even the most successful college student has told us about Adderall abuse.
Some of the most common signs of Adderall abuse in college students are:
- Feeling invincible
- Exceptional talkativeness
- Compulsion to work
- Fear of being without Adderall
- Altering the mode of delivery (i.e., crushing and snorting Adderall)
- Frequent insights about the meaning of life
- Continual and generalized impatience, nervousness, and worry
- The illusion of total wellness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sleep difficulties
- Weight loss or malnutrition
- Taking higher or more frequent doses
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, even when taking as directed
- Shirking essential responsibilities and commitments
- Actively seeking out Adderall
Center with Sobriety at Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach, CA
At Oceanfront Recovery, we offer holistic, effective, evidence-based treatments for Adderall addiction in a discreet and comfortable environment. We understand the significant pressures that young people face and work together with you and your family to create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle that supports a lifetime of wellness.
At Oceanfront, you’ll find a community of support and the tools you need to find the center and get your sense of self back. In addition to addiction treatment, we provide numerous supplemental therapies, resources, and tools to address the root causes of addiction and establish healthy coping mechanisms.
If you or someone you love is struggling due to an Adderall addiction, help is available. Reach out to us at (877) 296-7477 to learn more or be treated. You can also fill out our online form and let us get back to you.