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Teen Adderall Drug Profile

At Teen Treatment Center, we recognize just how quickly teenagers can fall into drug addiction. Medications such as Adderall may be easily obtained at home from a prescription, or at school, from friends, providing quick access to them. More so, many teens are turning to prescription medications like these to help them to achieve more in school, not necessarily just for the high that it can create. "Monitoring the Future 2015", a groundbreaking and expansive nationwide survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that, in 2015, 7.5% of high school seniors used Adderall without a prescription. See our Adderall Abuse Infographic for more information

Adderall is easy to obtain and, because it can hide any symptoms or signs of abuse, it may be easy for teens to get away with for some time. However, there are many risks to taking Adderall without a prescription, including life-threatening addiction. That’s why, at the Teen Treatment Center, we offer a comprehensive drug treatment program for teens struggling from Adderall addiction.

If you believe your teen is abusing Adderall or any other prescription medication, take action now to get him or her the help they desperately need. Call our free, 24-hour helpline for support: (844) 319-5239.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription medication given to individual suffering from conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which are central nervous system stimulants. These medications, when taken properly, work to make changes in the communication between the brain and the nervous system. This helps to control impulse activity and hyperactivity in individuals. In some cases, the medication may also be used to treat narcolepsy.

The Adderall is sold in pill form. Generally, this is the way individuals will take it, especially if they are using the slow release form. However, there are other ways it can be used and abused, such as crushing it into a powder form for snorting. Snorting the drug tends to require more of the drug, thus building a tolerance to higher doses more quickly. 

A Bio-Enhancement Drug

Adderall Chemical Composition- Teen

This medication has a profound way of changing the way a person thinks and acts. For some people, used in moderation, this may be a good thing. However, this medication is easy to become addicted to and, for those who have conditions such as overactive thyroid, severe agitation, high blood pressure, or any other alcohol or drug abuse history, a single pill can become life threatening.

When an individual takes Adderall, it works as a stimulate to impact the central nervous system. It aids in improving a person’s ability to focus on what’s at hand and may make them feel as though they have more energy. In addition, it pumps up the body’s production of dopamine, which is often known as a “feel good” hormone. This creates a high and a sense of elation. In order to maintain that high feeling, individuals may continue taking the medication and may increase their dosing.

Perhaps even more worrisome is why some students take this medication. Many students take it as a way to improve their ability to concentrate, even if they have never been written a prescription for it. This has made it a drug of choice for those teens who are trying to accomplish a great deal in school and need the ability to focus. Adderall joins other drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta touted as “smart drugs” because teens often take this medication as a way to improve their academic performance. This may stem from academic competitiveness and parental pressure.

Vyvanse vs Adderall

It’s important to know that Vyvanse is another type of amphetamine or a type of stimulant used to treat ADHD as well as binge eating disorders in adults. The difference in these two comes from their chemical makeup, it takes the body longer to break down Vyvanse, thus making its effect more delayed. For this reason, it’s considered less addictive than Adderall, though the side effects of this drug are the same as Adderall.

Side Effects of Taking Adderall

Infopic Adderall Infographic

Adderall side effects are most obvious in individuals who are taking the medication without having ADHD. They include:

  • Allergic reactions (these are not uncommon and can be life threatening)
  • Chest pain, trouble breathing, and aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Numbness or pain in the fingers and toes
  • Twitching of the muscles
  • Changes in vision
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight loss due to loss of appetite
  • Mood changes including nervousness
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Faster heart rate
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Dry mouth

Long-term effects of Adderall abuse can occur. Even one Adderall pill can lead to complex health problems. However, using this medication long term can also have a variety of concerns to teens. Long term use often leads to chronic development of concerns such as:

  • Aggression
  • Panic attacks
  • Heart disease
  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to sleep

Are you noticing any of these signs of addiction in your teen? Teen treatment for Adderall abuse is available to you. Contact Teen Treatment Centers now to discuss the specific risks your teen faces. Our 24-hour hotline is available now: (844) 319-5239.

How Adderall Addiction Can Start

For many teens, abuse of Adderall stems from suffering from ADHD, a mental disorder found in teens that can progress into adulthood. In fact, about 35% of teens are affected with ADHD will have one or more types of substance abuse problems. This is a worrisome level. However, many teens suffer from Adderall abuse without having ADHD but by taking this medication to achieve some of the perceived benefits it offers to others.

While access to the drug is rather easy for many teens, it is also important to know that it is commonly perceived as a safe drug because they see their friends prescribed it, using it and benefiting from it.  As a result, teens without ADHD or a prescription believe it is safe to take.

Addiction to Adderall start may start with one pill. While the pill itself is habit forming, it is also the type of drug that provides immediate effects after using that first pill. If the effects result in the teen feeling he or she can focus and perform better, they may want to keep doing so. In this way, teens may fall into an addiction a combination of; ease of access, pressure to perform and complacency about the safety of prescriptions. 

Does Your Teen Have Symptoms of Adderall Addiction?

It can be relatively easy for teenagers to hide their use of a prescription medication like this. They may even become better students and suddenly get better grades or achieve bigger results. However, as a parent, it is important to know the signs of drug use and drug abuse. First, you may want to familiarize yourself with the most common street names for Adderall:

  • Addys
  • Uppers
  • Copilots
  • Lid poppers
  • Pep pills
  • Zing
  • Dexies
If your teen is making comments about this type of drug, they may be abusing Adderall. Some of the most common signs that your teen may be abusing Adderall include the following behavioral changes:
  • An inability to complete tasks without taking the pill
  • Lethargic feelings when not taking this medication
  • The need to take larger doses
  • Devoting a lot of time or money to obtaining the medication
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms which include depression, apathy, anxiety, sleeplessness, tremors, chills, and weakness.

If you notice these signs of Adderall abuse, call Teen Treatment Center today for a confidential consultation: (844) 319-5239.

Teen Adderall Abuse - Drug Example
What does Adderall look like? Adderall Pills can vary in color including blue, white, and orange. Larger dosages may come in disolvable capsules. The initials DP, AD, or XR may often be seen on the pill. 

Teen Adderall Treatment

Teen treatment for Adderall abuse is available to you through Teen Treatment Center. As noted, your teen may be struggling to stop taking this medication whether or not it was original prescribed to them. And, while it may help them have good grades and focus, it can create a life threatening situation including a risk of sudden death. If a dependence on Adderall exists, it likely is appropriate to treat the use at a residential treatment facility. Teen Treatment Center’s Treatment for ADHD and substance abuse treats not just the detox and withdrawal symptoms but gets to the underlying issues that may have encouraged abuse from the beginning.

The withdrawal process from Adderall is intense and uncomfortable. It requires supervision from a licensed professional to ensure the process is safe. The life-threatening symptoms that can occur with Adderall abuse can also happen during withdrawal. For this reason, we offer a medically supervised detox program that keeps your teen safe while coming off this addictive medication.

A Gender-Separate Program Designed for Your Teen

Teen Treatment Center offers a gender-separate residential treatment program that can help individuals with Adderall addiction. This treatment program includes detox as necessary. However, our treatment does not just offer a way to detox. Our program offers the resources and tools to help your child to learn how to overcome this addition, to recover, and remain clean for the rest of their life.

To achieve this, our program works to identify the root causes of abuse. Your teen will work with specialized counselors dedicated to helping them to understand why they are taking this medication and what it means to do so. In addition, we will teach them life skills that allow them to improve the life and to avoid using Adderall or other substances again.

Adderall isn’t a safe drug for just anyone to take. You can protect your child’s life and future by reaching out to our team for help. Our comprehensive teen treatment for Adderall abuse starts with just one phone call. We’ll talk about why your teen may need help and what you can expect from treatment for Adderall abuse.

If you believe your teen may be struggling with Adderall abuse, call us now: (844) 319-5239. Talk to our experienced professionals 24 hours a day for immediate help and guidance. Our admissions counselors are available to answer any questions you have.

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