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With an estimated 40 million prescriptions written annually, Adderall has become one of the more commonly used drugs in the United States.

Adderall has been widely used to treat ADHD, narcolepsy, depression, and other attention disorders. However, with so many prescriptions circulating among the public, it’s no surprise that Adderall has also become one of the most abused drugs in America.

Adderall combines dextroamphetamines and amphetamines to stimulate and increase the availability of dopamine and norepinephrine—neurotransmitters in the central nervous system connections—resulting in a surge of energy, increased concentration and happiness, a suppressed appetite, and the ability to stay awake for long periods of time. This simulated neurological boost has led to an increasingly habitual use of Adderall as a “study drug” by teens and young adults alike, with one report estimating between 6 and 30% of college students having used the drug recreationally to aid their studies and social lives.

Heavy Adderall Use

Adderall is generally safe when used in small, prescribed amounts, but even the most well-intended student trying to stay awake to study for an exam runs the risk of becoming dependent on the drug. Heavy recreational use over a long period of time can lead to a debilitating and life-altering addiction, and can have devastating health consequences.

Long Term Effects

Other Side Effects

Other common side effects from heavy Adderall use can lead to additional long-term physical and psychological damage over time:

Treatment for Adderall Addiction

Often, and especially for someone who has used Adderall heavily and for a prolonged period, detox alone is insufficient treatment for the possible long-term health effects they may have sustained. Along with consulting a medical professional, seeking further treatment will address underlying issues, help support long-term recovery and prevent relapses. New Choices offers a safe, healing environment to provide the best possible care for you or your loved ones on the road to recovery.

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