Adderall is a prescription drug that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. The drug was created to affect the central nervous system as a stimulant and it will speed up how this system functions and how the brain is sensing messages it receives. Dopamine and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain, are affected by the drug.
Adults and children will be prescribed Adderall when they are diagnosed with ADHD in an effort to control symptoms. When the drug is taken for ADHD, it can provide better focus and concentration as well as the ability to control behavior in an effective manner. If an individual takes the drug and does not have ADHD, they are abusing the prescription drug and can experience an Adderall high.
Unfortunately, the drug is also abused quite often by individuals who do not have ADHD in order to experience the high the drug provides. The drug is highly addictive and can create a physical dependence within the individual that is using it.
High on Adderall
When a patient with ADHD is prescribed Adderall, the dosage is configured to ensure the medicine will work for the patient. The medicine in immediate release requires incremental doses so a small dose might start the treatment and then the dosage increased as needed. Unfortunately, the drug is abused and will create a high in the user as the dosage is not based on their needs. It creates a sense of euphoria with high energy and self-confidence boosted. The high can be pleasurable but not so much that the individual would experience it if taking the medicine correctly.
The user will feel a rush of energy and excitement that is intense when taking this drug. When immediate-release versions are taken, the effect is more intense as the extended release provides a gradual feeling of euphoria. Some people will use the extended release version with a snorting method to be able to experience the high at one time.
Coming down from the Adderall high is a completely different experience. The individual may feel depressed or anxious. They may even feel a sense of psychosis. The user may sleep for extended periods of time or feel hungry. Low motivation to do anything may also be present. The comedown from an Adderall high is similar to what someone will experience when using cocaine.
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Addiction can easily occur when using Adderall in a recreational manner. The drug has been categorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration as Schedule II when it comes to the potential for abuse and addiction. This the second highest evaluation that the FDS can set for a prescription drug in the psychoactive category.
Adderall is in the same category as other drugs that are notoriously abused like heroin, morphine, and fentanyl. These drugs have medical uses in the United States but also have the tendency to create a physical dependence as well as psychological dependency. Abuse is often common with such drugs.
Studies on the drug Adderall have found that twenty to thirty percent of college students in the United States have abused the drug in the past. Side effects of Adderall abuse include:
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Delusions and feelings of paranoia
- Grinding teeth excessively
If you or someone you know has a dependency on Adderall, it is imperative the treatment is provided. The drug can create health issues as listed above as well as just be dangerous to ingest when not prescribed. By contacting a rehab facility, you can find the treatment needed to help rid the body of Adderall as well as work on recovery.
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