Adderall Detox and Rehab
Adderall (or Adderall XR) is commonly prescribed on the NHS in order to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and sleeping disorders such as narcolepsy. Students have also been known to consume Adderall when preparing for exams. In fact, Adderall is often referred to as ‘the study drug’. Adderall is a ‘psychostimulant’ and a form of amphetamine. Users feel more alert and concentrated after consuming Adderall.
Overview of Adderall addiction
Adderall increases the production of dopamine in the brain thus stimulating the central nervous system. Dopamine is known as the brain’s ‘feel good hormone’. Thus users become addicted to Adderall due to this ‘feel good’ effect. Adderall also affects the brain’s regulation of the hormone ‘norepinephrine’. Norepinephrine is a ‘flight-or-fight’ hormone. Norepinephrine works by increasing the heartbeat and raising blood pressure when a person is faced with danger.
Over time Adderall users build up a tolerance to the drug. This means ever greater quantities are needed in order to feel ‘high’.
Adderall is commonly consumed orally. However chronic users are known to crush up Adderall tablets and snort the resulting crumbs. Users may also inject Adderall.
Common Adderall side effects
Side effects of long-term Adderall addiction include:
- Mood swings
- Irregular heartbeat & cardiac arrest
- Suicidal thoughts
Chronic Adderall addicts may suffer psychosis and fatal amphetamine poisoning as a result of their drug use. Around 5,000 die each year as a result of fatal amphetamine poisoning. Occurrences of Adderall overdoses and deaths are particularly high amongst students.
Our Adderall detox programme
Cassiobury Court offers a 28 day comprehensive Adderall detox and rehab programme. Patients move into our Watford centre in order to receive their treatment. A medical team observes patients progress throughout detox. Prescription medications are offered to ease painful withdrawal symptoms experienced during Adderall detox.
Since Adderall alters the brain’s chemistry when Adderall is withdrawn the brain is thrown into a state of hyperactivity. Dopamine levels in the brain are depleted and require a period of time in order to ‘restock’. During the ‘acute’ detox period patients feel sad and depressed as a result of dopamine deficiency. Many users attempting to detox from home often ‘give in’ and relapse in order to avoid this feeling of depression.
A list of common withdrawal symptoms experienced during Adderall detoxification include:
- Cravings for the drug
- Nausea, Diarrhea, and vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Mood swings
What happens after detox?
Withdrawal symptoms typically reduce within 5-10 days after Adderall was last consumed. Once detox is complete patients attend therapy and counselling sessions. Now the aim of rehab is to treat the underlying psychological causes of Adderall addiction. Common therapy methods employed at Cassiobury Court include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy.
Aftercare and relapse prevention
Once therapy sessions concluded a tailored relapse prevention and aftercare plan is drawn up. We encourage patients to attend Narcotics Anonymous groups in their local area. Aftercare is provided free of charge for twelve months. Aftercare sessions take place every Saturday at our rehabilitation centre in North London.