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Professional Drug Intervention for Adderall Addiction

Adderall is one of the most commonly prescribed and abused stimulant drugs within the United States. It is a prescription medication composed of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. For prescription use, it is primarily used for ADHD and narcolepsy. However, the drug is regularly abused by college and university students throughout the country and is coined as being a study drug. When the drug is used, it creates an increased volume of the ‘feel-good’ chemicals within the brain. Essentially, the user feels motivated, alert, focused, and rides the euphoric effect. Adderall is addictive for this reason because of how it affects the brain.

An article published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that Adderall misuse is highest among 18 to 25-year-old adults. People abusing this drug within this age group are getting it from friends, family members, and without a doctor’s prescription. Research done by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that 60% of nonmedical Adderall use happened among adults 18 to 25 years old. Newman Interventions has helped many young adults struggling with Adderall addiction get to the treatment they need. This can be a difficult addiction for a family to recognize, because it may have started while they were in school.

How do you recognize an Adderall addiction?

When your son or daughter goes off to college or university, they may place a lot of pressure on themselves to perform well academically. Adderall like other stimulant drugs are used by college students to help them study and stay focused. However, the potential for addiction is high because of the effects the drug has on the brain. There are some strong indicators to look for if you feel your loved one is addicted to Adderall. For example, they may become overly talkative, have a loss of appetite, excitable, social withdrawal, aggression, and feeling exhausted. Financial troubles are always a good indicator there is a problem. Most Adderall users struggle with rapid weight loss, mania, and impulsive behaviors. When you contact Newman Interventions we can help you determine if there is an addiction, and what you can do to help them.


How does intervention for Adderall addiction work?

Like any other type of drug and alcohol intervention, the first step is engaging Newman Interventions to help. We will walk the family through the process to organize an intervention and answer all your questions about intervention and drug addiction. Intervention is successful when the family is prepared and is willing to do what it takes to help the addict. Addiction has the potential to create erratic behavior, and during the planning process the time and place will all be organized. This is important because the intervention should always be done when they are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most Adderall users are still functioning, meaning they are still going to school, working, and maintaining a certain level of responsibility. This will be the biggest barrier to overcome, but a professional interventionist is there to help the family overcome it. Once the addict says yes to treatment, the interventionist will escort him or her to treatment, which has already been arranged by the family.


Works cited
Adderall abuse on the rise – Sept. 10/19

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