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Adderall Misuse and Abuse in Teens

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Staying focused isn’t easy in today’s world. The prospect of getting into a good college and, in some cases, getting scholarships can cause some teens to use stimulants such as Adderall to improve their alertness. But what happens when that one-time use becomes an ongoing need? Destinations for Teens provides comprehensive Adderall addiction treatment for young adults. If you know someone abusing Adderall, contact us at 877.466.0620 to support their rehabilitation.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a stimulant that is often prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as narcolepsy. Made of dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine, it elevates levels of norepinephrine and dopamine to improve understanding, focus, and energy. While Adderall is a stimulant, it has a calming effect on users, which allows them to easily remain focused so that they can stay in control of their emotions and accomplish tasks.

Why Is Adderall Used By Teens and Young Adults?

Adderall is often used by teens and young adults because it is known to:

  • Enhance their mental focus
  • Help them complete school work on time
  • Improve their ability to study
  • Provides energy and focus necessary to achieve high grades

In particular, college students report that balancing their academic and social life can sometimes be difficult. Imagine the stress of maintaining a strong GPA, working, participating in on-campus activities, and completing an internship. Adderall provides students with the focus and energy necessary to get good grades and have a social life. And studies don’t lie. A 2014 study by Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that 73 percent of college students surveyed admitted using stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin to improve their ability to remain alert and energetic. Teen Adderall use is also prevalent. A study conducted by the University of Michigan revealed that Adderall use amongst high school seniors has risen since 2009.

What Are The Signs of Adderall Addiction?

Adderall is an amphetamine — very similar to crack or cocaine. When used without medical monitoring and care, Adderall addiction can occur. In time, tolerance can lead to addiction. Teen Adderall use often leads to psychological and physical dependence. Here are some signs of Adderall addiction:

  • Compulsive throat clearing
  • Excessive blinking and facial gestures
  • Hyperactivity
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Very abrupt mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Rapid weight loss

Using Adderall over long periods of time can have an impact on a teen’s mental health. Prolonged use often leads to psychosis or even schizophrenia-like symptoms. These symptoms often require extensive hospitalization and a lengthy recovery. In addition, heart attacks, strokes, and seizures are common in people who use Adderall.

How Can Adderall Addiction Treatment Help My Teen?

Surprisingly, overachievers participate in Adderall use more than any other group. They want to remain attentive and dedicated to achieving academic as well as professional success. If your teen is getting excellent grades but relies on unprescribed doses of Adderall to remain focused, this problem needs a solution. Prolonged use often leads to physical and psychological dependence, making it hard to quit. Destinations for Teens Adderall addiction treatment programs will support your teen through their withdrawal process and then help them learn how to remain focused and able to study naturally. Our treatment programs are engaging and offer comfortable amenities. Not to mention, we empower teens in our program to become thoughtful leaders who can motivate their peers. We offer the following types of treatment:

  • Inpatient rehab
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Outpatient rehab

Remember, being a high achiever should never come at the cost of your teen’s health. Allow us to help the young person manage their addiction and learn the tools necessary to avoid a relapse. Contact us today at 877.466.0620 for more information about our teen addiction programs.