Examining the Side Effects of Adderall Addiction

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Examining the Side Effects of Adderall Addiction

Adderall is a stimulant that nearly five million people in the United States alone use. Sadly, many people abuse this prescription medication. Using the drug inappropriately increases the chance of developing an addiction. Examine the side effects of Adderall addiction below.

Immediate Effects of Adderall

Adderall works by increasing the availability of certain chemicals in the brain. These chemicals increase heart rate and make many users feel energized and invigorated. When patients use this drug appropriately with specific medication restrictions, these effects might be beneficial.

Unfortunately, there are also some immediate and unfortunate side effects to worry about. These can appear when people take Adderall recreationally as well as with a prescription.

Many people experience a drastic reduction in appetite. Right away, users might feel irritated, or they might have a hard time concentrating. Getting sleep in the next 12 to 24 hours may also be difficult.

Long Term Physical Side Effects of Adderall

While the short-term effects of Adderall aren’t pleasant, the long-term side effects are even worse. Using Adderall consistently often results in a reduction in appetite, which can lead to severe weight loss as well as malnutrition.

Those who use Adderall are also prone to dry mouth. Even after drinking lots of liquid, this condition can persist and become very uncomfortable.

Chronic Adderall use can cause cardiac problems, as well. An increased heart rate is common, as is increased blood pressure. Some individuals also increase their risk of stroke or a heart attack when abusing Adderall.

Non-Physical Side Effects

Adderall can also cause a number of non-physical side effects. The drug can lead to mental illness, emotional instability and a whole range of additional emotional concerns.

Adderall use may worsen existing mental health conditions. Anxiety, depression, and paranoia often coexist with Adderall abuse or addiction. When two conditions need treatment, patients have co-occurring disorders. It takes dual diagnosis treatment to manage both simultaneously.

Using a stimulant drug like Adderall is like being on a roller coaster that never stops. After using the drug, you may feel invigorated and focused. Eventually, that fades into extreme fatigue, depression or irritability. Profound sadness and even chronic pain are common symptoms among those who have a serious dependence on drugs like Adderall.

Recovering From an Adderall Addiction

Overcoming an Adderall addiction is no easy feat. It requires more than just your own dedication and discipline. Medical professionals and addiction experts can offer the right amount of support and treatment. Detox, and then rehab, are the keys to lasting recovery.

To treat an addiction to Adderall, a number of approaches might be necessary. A few of the most common are:

  • Art and music therapy
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Dual diagnosis care
  • Group, individual and family therapy
  • Holistic therapies

If you want to say goodbye to the side effects of Adderall, end the addiction once and for all. At 1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida, you can do exactly that. Call (866) 971-5531 for more information on your journey to lifelong recovery.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.