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Adderall Abuse

What is Adderall?

  • Adderall is a prescription medication used for ADHD and narcolepsy.
  • It is an amphetamine and a dextroamphetamine, which are stimulants

Why is it abused?

  • Adderall is abused for many different reasons.  Some abusers use the drug to “get high.” 
  • Others use Adderall to increase alertness, attention, and energy.
  • Adderall has also been used to lose weight.
  • Some students take Adderall thinking that it will help them perform better in school

How is it abused?

  • Some abusers take Adderall the way it was intended which is by mouth.
  • Others take Adderall by injection, snorting, or by smoking it.

What are the consequences for abusing Adderall?

  • Abusing adderall can have major consequences on the body.
  • Taking high doses of this and other stimulants may result in an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and/or the potential for cardiovascular failure or seizures.
  • Taking high doses of some stimulants repeatedly can lead to hostility or feelings of paranoia in some individuals.

Where can help be found?

  • Talk to your doctor. They may know ways to help you deal with the abuse or find other resources for you.

There are treatment options available, which include:

  • Detoxification - the process of slowly reducing the amount of Adderall that is present in the body
  • Contingency management - the process of rewarding an individual who is refraining from taking Adderall
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy - the process of teaching patients skills to recognize risky situations, avoid drug use, and cope more effectively with problems

Monson, Kristi, Schoenstadt, Arthur (2007).  Adderall Abuse. Adderall and Adderall