Abuse of Adderall, a stimulant commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and narcolepsy, is on the rise among young adults ages 18 to 25. A nationwide health survey conducted from 2006 to 2011 and published earlier this year found a 67% increase in misuse (using the drug without a prescription). Emergency department visits due to Adderall consumption rose by 156% during the study period, though prescription numbers remained the same. Over half the people taking Adderall admitted that they were taking drugs prescribed to a family member or friend.
Christian Drug Rehab for Adderall Addiction
Adderall is not a benign drug, though many people believe it to be. It causes serious side effects when used improperly and for the wrong reasons. Health risks include an increase in:
- Blood pressure
- Strokes & risk of stroke
- Bipolar disorder
- Aggression & behavioral changes
According to study co-author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, college students typically rely on Adderall as a study aid. The drug helps them remain focused when it is time to pull an all-nighter, work a late shift, or cram for a test. “Our sense is that a sizable portion of those who use [stimulants] believe these medications make them smarter and more capable of studying,” he said.
While health practitioners are acutely aware of Adderall’s misuse, the jury is still out on how to combat it. One possible solution includes tracking stimulant prescriptions in a database to ensure that a patient is not prescribed the same drug from multiple doctors. This practice is already in place for patients who take narcotics prescriptions.
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Christian Rehab Network’s drug rehab facility partners are familiar with the symptoms of Adderall addiction. These faith-based facilities offer detox services, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, family support, and aftercare planning for men and women addicted to stimulant medications or other prescription drugs.
Whether you have been abusing an Adderall prescription or purchasing the stimulant illegally to help you study, focus, or stay awake, the team at Christian Rehab Network will help you find an affordable addiction treatment and detox program. The phone call is free and the advice is invaluable. Call 877.310.9545 now, and trust our team with your physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration.
*Source: published study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Feb. 16, 2016.