Vyvanse Addiction: What is Lisdexamfetamine?
Vyvanse: Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate is a chemical substance that belongs to the central nervous system (CNS) stimulants class.
It is used for the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The targeted, typical age-group is teens and young adults. Lisdexamfetamine is also prescribed for moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED).
Vyvanse is the most common lisdexamfetamine-based prescription medication and was originally developed as a less potent, less addictive, but more effective alternative for other amphetamine-based ADHD medication like Adderall and Ritalin.
What is Vyvanse prescribed for?
Vyvanse is a typical treatment for ADHD, but it is also considered when treating depression, binge eating disorder, cognitive impairment and daytime sleepiness.
One reason why Vyvanse is preferred in treating adolescents and youths with ADHD and ADD is the fact that it is sufficient to be taken once a day: its active ingredient and therapeutic effects are slowly released in small amounts throughout the day, which leads to less side-effects like sleeplessness.
Vyvanse is commonly abused as a study drug for its performance-enhancing effects; as well as for for recreational or weight loss purposes. However, Vyvanse is an amphetamine-based drug and when used for of-label reasons or outside a doctor’s prescription, by people without ADHD, it can easily lead to physical tolerance and addiction.
Misuse or abuse of stimulants such as Vyvanse can have several negative side-effects and health risks, including:
- Increased heart rate and breathing;
- Reduced appetite;
- Poor coordination;
- Extreme weight loss;
- Headaches, nausea and vomiting;
- Abdominal pain and gastric upset;
- Irritability and mood swings;
The most serious health risks of Vyvanse misuse are dangerously high blood pressure and chest pain, heart-related problems like tachycardia, decreased blood pressure, tremors and hallucinations, seizures or stroke.
Vyvanse Rehab Treatment
Vyvanse withdrawal results in uncomfortable symptoms like severe cravings, mood swings, nervous tics, tremors and agitation, aggressiveness, hallucinations, migraines, muscle pain, insomnia, abnormal hyperactivity, paranoia.
The goal of our lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) detox programme is to ease withdrawal symptoms. To this end, we provide continual medical supervision and use a weaning detox method. This involves gradually reducing the Vyvanse dose over time, in order to help break the body’s dependence on the drugs.
Each patient is assessed by our on site medical team and Consultant Psychiatrist, who establishes the proper Vyvanse detox regime. These regimes are personalized for the individual, based on their medical history, their Vyvanse use history, as well as other psychological and biological factors or conditions.
Rehab Treatment for Vyvanse Addiction
In parallel with Vyvanse detox, Castle Craig’s residential addiction treatment programme provides emotional support through psychotherapy and involving the patient in daily activities in the therapeutic community. This helps prevent feelings of disconnectedness and accelerates physical recovery.
Castle Craig’s model of treatment addresses the underlying psychological causes of addiction (stress, trauma, mental illness) through a combination of specialised addiction therapies and complementary therapies, that explore specific issues behind the patient’s Vyvanse addiction.
The patients become active in their ongoing recovery by taking part in a daily routine of educational lectures, regular meals and exercise, relapse prevention training and 12-step support groups where they are equipped with effective coping strategies for living a sober life.
It is common with patients that suffer from ADHD and have become addicted to stimulant drugs like Vyvanse that they need dual-diagnosis care. Castle Craig can takes into consideration both the substance addiction and the underlying related mental condition within the dual-diagnosis treatment programme. We treat co-occurring disorders in specialised psychotherapy sessions for depression, trauma (PTSD), eating disorders, and other related conditions.
The patient is also referred back into the care of their referring health professional and are provided with a list of recommend local recovery experts and 12-step NA support groups.
Get Help for Vyvanse Misuse
If you or someone you know is experiencing Vyvanse misuse or withdrawal symptoms from using other ADHD prescription drugs, we can help. Our team of addiction experts will design a personalised, evidence-based Vyvanse treatment programme for each patient individually.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | June 14, 2021