We talk about Adderall so matter-of-factly, it’s easy to think that addiction to Adderall isn’t serious.
Some people argue that it’s just not addictive, and they can quit at any time they want. Others will admit it’s addictive, but the side effects are minimal and there’s little risk to their health.
All of that is wrong, of course. Adderall is not only highly addictive (it’s speed after all), it can cause serious long-term damage to your health, both mentally and physically.
If you have been abusing Adderall, and you don’t really have a medical need for it, then quitting Adderall may be the best decision you make in your life. But where can you go for help?
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Making The Decision To Get Help
There are degrees of Adderall addiction. Taking a pill before a big test or presentation every once in a while could be considered a milder form than, say, snorting 300mg a day to fend-off withdrawal, as some long-term abusers do.
Regardless, if you think that Adderall is having a negative impact on your life, then it’s time to consider getting help.
But where can you go for treatment, in your town?
There are several options for recovery. Here are a few local treatment options to consider:
- Find a Local Support Group. Narcotics Anonymous is a lot like Alcoholics Anonymous, except it is for people dealing with addiction to anything, not just alcohol. NA meetings are a great place to learn more about the process of ending addiction. Great for family members, too, because they can learn from other families how to best support a recovering addict.
- Get help from family or friends. Do you have someone in your life that you can turn to? Someone who understands drug addiction, perhaps through a recent personal experience? Sometimes, talking about your addiction problem with people you trust and simply knowing someone loves you and is there for you can give you the confidence you need to quit. Make sure that whoever you rely on is not currently abusing or addicted to ANY type of drug, however.
- Talk to your doctor. Your doctor may not be familiar with treating prescription drug addiction, but s/he can refer you to somebody who is. Most doctors have heard of Adderall addiction, so this could be a good path to follow.
- Get Professional Treatment for Adderall Addiction. This is the most reliable option, because you are getting guidance and advice from health care professionals who specialize in helping people quit Adderall. They are familiar with the specific withdrawal symptoms and how to minimize their impact. Getting help from professional treatment center can also be expensive, but with Obamacare (ACA) in place, most health insurance policies today cover this type of drug rehab.
It may take trying more than one of these options to finally get the support you need to quit taking Adderall for good. The less time you’ve been using and the lower the dose you’ve been taking, the easier quitting will be – but it’s never impossible to find the help that you need.
Choosing The Right Professional Treatment for Adderall Abuse
No two recovery centers are the same. Like any other health care provider, each center has a unique combination of location, treatment philosophy (religious or not, for example), who runs the center and what their experience is in treating prescription drug addiction.
Some treatment centers focus on your physical health in addition to your mental health. They’ll encourage you to exercise, eat right and make other life improvements so you can leave the center much better off than when you entered. Not just absent an addiction to Adderall, but with more confidence and pride in yourself and in your non-amped accomplishments.
Whether or not your drug use has gotten out of control… and whether or not you’ve experienced all of the negative side effects or just mild ones so far… and whether or not you plan on actually going to rehab,
Please make a call to a loved one, to your doctor or to an Adderall addiction treatment center so that you can take the next step.
Finding Adderall Treatment For Someone You Love
You may not have a problem yourself, but are instead looking to help a loved one. All of the advice above still holds true.
However, if you believe your loved one cannot quit on their own and may need professional treatment, then be aware that there is a good chance it is covered by their or your medical insurance. It never hurts to call a professional addiction treatment center to get further advice.