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Adderall: What Every Parent Should Know

As a parent, particularly of a teenager, you worry about addiction because it affects such an alarming segment of the youth in the United States. Adderall has become an increasingly consumed drug among teenagers. For this reason, it is imperative for you to know how Adderall works, how to spot signs of addiction, and what to do if you determine your child is using this drug. This article will detail these points.


How Does Adderall Work?

Adderall is a federally controlled substance prescribed to children, teenagers, and adults to treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This drug is a stimulant that works by blocking the reuptake of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, which provides a feeling of euphoria.


Adderall Abuse

Because of its stimulating properties, Adderall is commonly obtained illegally for a variety of reasons. It is primarily used to increase focus, concentration, and memory. For students who are under pressure to perform well in school or in the workplace, this is an attractive effect. Your child can maximize their abilities to obtain optimal results.

This drug is also abused because it causes weight loss due to decreased appetite. This can be appealing to teenagers who are impressionable to the societal perceptions of what their bodies should look like.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Adderall users are nine times more likely to use cocaine, five times more likely to abuse prescription pain relievers, and three times more likely to abuse marijuana compared to their peers.


Adderall For Studying

With all the social, academic, and behavioral demands placed on children today, it is not unreasonable to assume that they may choose to Adderall drug to help meet those demands. Besides improving focus and concentration, it also keeps them awake for long periods of time. This allows your child to study more, so they feel better prepared for an exam. The problem is that many are not aware of the addictive nature of this drug and the potentially dangerous side effects. You, as a parent, should be equipped to speak with your teenager about why Adderall for studying is not safe.


Adderall Overdose

Adderall has a range of adverse effects, including increased blood pressure, abdominal pain, dry mouth, headache, insomnia, and even heart attacks and seizure. Without the supervision of a medical doctor, it is easy take too much of the drug. It is available in many dosage forms, and it is often mistakenly considered safe because it is a prescribed medication. Indications of an Adderall overdose include chest pain, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, and tremor.


Adderall Psychosis

Adderall psychosis is a potential consequence of taking this drug. The symptoms of psychosis include hallucinations, delusions, and feelings of paranoia. The lack of sleep caused by Adderall is also a contributor to the psychosis side effect.


Adderall Withdrawal

Abrupt cessation of this drug has serious costs to your child’s health. Adderall withdrawal can lead to anxiety, irritability, depression, inability to sleep, pain, and impaired social functioning. In order to safely and effectively help your child get off this substance, a trained medical professional must be involved. The method involves a careful tapering of the drug.

If you suspect your child is abusing Adderall, you must seek help. Family First Adolescent Services is one of the premier addiction treatment centers in the United States. We specialize in treating substance use disorders in adolescents – including Adderall abuse. With a focus on family care, we treat the underlying mental health issues that lead to addiction in the first place. We are practitioners of NARM Therapy (NeuroAffective Relational Model) – our mental health and addiction professionals will discover and treat the underlying traumas that lead to addiction.  

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