Adderall detox is a treatment men and women in the US often seek for Adderall addiction. Many of them are between the ages of 18-30 and may have started abusing the drug as teenagers, college students, or young adults. The number one reason for abuse is to improve academic grades or job performance.
Since Adderall addiction is quite common, there are reputable detox centers throughout the country, and in South Florida, that cater to people needing to safely withdraw from the drug. Not tapering off the drug gradually, under medical supervision, is linked to falling back into a pattern of drug abuse and addiction.
If you, or a loved one, need detox treatment for this drug it is best to seek treatment at one of these centers instead of attempting withdrawal at home. Medically-assisted withdrawal at a detox center is done in a safe environment while health professionals monitor severe side effects such as depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription stimulant used to treat people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a type of sleep disorder. It is supplied as Regular Adderall which is an instant-release drug that works for about six hours. Adderall XR, extended-release may be prescribed to provide round-the-clock relief from the symptoms of ADHD or narcolepsy.
The drug works to increase energy, focus, and alertness when used to treat ADHD but helps reduce fatigue and sleepiness in people with narcolepsy. The stimulant is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and has potential to affect the brain receptors in a way that builds tolerance and lead to addiction.
Risk of Adderall Addiction
Anyone using Adderall can become dependent on it. Even individuals prescribed the drug who use it according to the doctor’s orders can get “hooked.” However, misuse and abuse of this prescription stimulant are the main causes of addiction.
Furthermore, people may use Adderall prescribed to someone else, e.g., someone in their home. They may take the drug in unprescribed doses which increases the risk of addiction, especially if taken frequently for a long period of time.
The more they use the medication, the more the body seeks it. Eventually, the body will become unable to function without the stimulant, thus intensifying the addiction. Non-medical use, abuse, and overuse of the drug resulted in an increase in emergency room visits among young adults, according to a study published in 2016 by The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms
Adderall detox is the process of getting rid of the drug from the body. Withdrawal symptoms begin as soon as the drug leaves your system. It is unsafe to try Adderall detox at home or to quit “cold turkey” due to harmful side effects.
The following are common Adderall withdrawal symptoms, some of which can threaten your mental and physical health and even your life if you attempt to detox at home. The severity of the symptoms will depend on how long you were taking the drug, frequency, dose size, and your body’s own response to being weaned off the drug:
• Suicidal thoughts
• Panic attacks
• Fatigue and body aches
• Extreme hunger
• Sleepiness or oversleeping
• Difficulty concentrating
Managing the symptoms at a detox center, in South Florida, can help reduce their effects and make withdrawal more tolerable. During a medically-assisted detox, anti-anxiety or mood stabilizing drugs or antidepressants may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, mood swings, nervousness, stress, or depression. Sleep medication may also be prescribed to treat insomnia or other sleep problems.
Adderall Withdrawal Timeline
It could take days or weeks to successfully withdraw from Adderall. Again, it depends on the severity of the addiction and your biological and psychological response to detox. It also depends on whether the instant-release or the extended-release form of the medication was abused.
Instant-release Adderall leaves the body faster than the extend-release medication. This means tapering off the drug is likely to take longer in clients addicted to the extended-release Adderall.
First 6-36 Hours: Withdrawal symptoms can set in as early as 6 hours after the last dose. This is when people typically feel the “crash” effect of coming off the drug. If you were still using Adderall, this is where you would take another dose to maintain the energy and euphoria. But, now, you may be feeling sluggish, physically drained, extremely hungry, or depressed. Sleep problems are normal during this time and include an inability to sleep or oversleeping.
Days 3-5: By 3 day, symptoms are intensifying. Headaches, nightmares, irritability, and deeper feelings of depression are common during this period. By day 5, symptoms may begin to climax. Emotional issues may surge and cause anxiety or panic attacks. You will get counseling and emotional support from a therapist or counselor at this stage.
Days 5-7: Withdrawal symptoms start to fade around the fifth day. You may feel unable to function normally in social settings and experience moodiness or mild depression. Nevertheless, you should start to feel better than the last few days.
Week 2: This week can be a critical period as the brain can start craving for the drug again. People undergoing treatment at a detox center have a better chance of remaining sober since they are in safe, supervised, and drug-free environment.
Weeks 3-4: Depending on the severity of the addiction, some people may continue to feel the effects of withdrawal during weeks 3 and 4. This tends to happen in persons who used Adderall for more than a year or developed a high tolerance for the stimulant. For these reasons, the detox and recovery process can take much longer for them.
What Happens After Adderall Detox?
People who were severely addicted to Adderall may be referred to psychotherapy after detox ends. Therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), may be needed to address underlying mental reasons for Adderall abuse. Therapy can be done inpatient or outpatient depending on individual circumstances.
You can get off Adderall, but you shouldn’t choose to be alone while going through uncomfortable and possibly life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Instead, you can allow the qualified and trained experts at a detox center, in South Florida, to be with you each step of the process. Emotional and psychological support is usually provided during this time.
Detox monitoring and support services are provided round-the-clock for clients undergoing treatment at an inpatient detox center. Get the help you or your loved one need by making that call now at 877-978-3148 and be on your way to recovery.