Adderall is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. It is also used as an athletic performance enhancer and cognitive enhancer, and recreationally as an aphrodisiac and euphoriant.
Adderall is made up of 25% levoamphetamine and 75% dextroamphetamine – both are psychostimulant amphetamines. While dextroamphetamine works mostly on the central nervous system, levoamphetamine is more active in the peripheral nervous system. They improve attention, focus and alertness.
What is Adderall prescribed for?
Adderall is a prescription psychostimulant that increases dopamine levels in the brain, giving a feel-good effect. It is primarily prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
Adderall is often abused by students and young professionals to fight tiredness and stimulate productivity; by athletes to enhance performance and even by people suffering from eating disorders to suppress appetite and lose weight. Adderall users are also likely to misuse alcohol, cocaine and meth.
Common dangerous side effects of Adderall are insomnia, depression, hallucinations, convulsions, irregular heartbeat and sexual dysfunction.
Adderall Addiction Detox and Treatment
Adderall withdrawal symptoms manifest through cravings, anxiety and panic attacks, restlessness, trouble sleeping, fatigue, suicidal thoughts or phobias.
Adderall detoxification is the first stage of treatment at Castle Craig. The Adderall detox programme starts with a thorough medical assessment by our Consultant Psychiatrist. Each patient is treated individually, based on medical history, drug use history and personal needs.
Safety and physical comfort is our most important aim during detox. As a result, the recommended Adderall detox method involves gradually reducing the dose over time, under close medical monitoring. Other medication may be used to help ease the levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine withdrawal symptoms.
Our Adderall detox programme provides 24/7 medical supervision. Our residential nursing staff monitor each patient regularly and carefully manage Adderall withdrawal signs to minimise its uncomfortable effects.
Residential Rehab Programme
Castle Craig’s inpatient drug rehabilitation offers an integrated, intensive Adderall addiction treatment programme, which includes an intensive, personalised psychotherapy treatment plan for each patient. We provide a structured environment, whereby patients are sheltered from the temptations of drug use and follow a daily treatment routine.
The schedule consists of individual and group psychotherapy sessions, complementary therapies, educational lectures, regular meals and exercise, relapse prevention training and 12-step support groups.
Adderall users often present other co-occurring mental disorders such as depression and eating disorders. Castle Craig has the expertise to address these conditions holistically by examining these psychological issues alongside the illness of addiction, during dual-diagnosis treatment sessions, for the best chances of recovery.
At discharge, Castle Craig equips each patient with a thorough two-year aftercare plan, providing the necessary, ongoing resources for successful reintegration in a drug-free, healthy lifestyle. We aim to remain a stable recovery resource in our patients’ lives.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | September 10, 2021