Adderall addiction treatment at ATMC, help for side effects, withdrawal, FAQs
Adderall addiction treatment at ATMC can combine health restoring protocols with tolerable medication withdrawal, providing natural mental health strategies that are far superior to neurotoxic drugs.
Testing to find and then correct underlying reasons for unwanted symptoms, as in narcolepsy, fatigue, mental fog, and others can provide the clearest path leading back to true health and robust natural mental health.
Using holistic, proven methods, we help our clients regain freedom from drugs and relief from the symptoms that led to drug use in the first place.
What are the addictive ingredients in Adderall?
Adderall is a combination of two stimulant drugs classed as amphetamines. These are both extremely addictive substances.
What is Adderall Prescribed for?
As early as 1929, and on into the war years of the 1940s, doctors prescribed Adderall to adults, mostly women, as a weight-loss drug. It was also marketed as a drug for mental alertness, and used in the military where it caused a serious addiction crisis. However, The FDA pulled amphetamines off the market, such as Benzedrineine, Adderall, and others, because these amphetamine drugs exploded into an addiction crisis of scandalous proportions. (4)
Shockingly, the FDA again allowed the same amphetamine, Adderall back on the market, but this time for something called ADHD, and for another condition called narcolepsy. ADHD makes up the largest of these two consumer groups, which include both children and adults. Doctors also prescribe Adderall to treat a sleep disorder called narcolepsy. After 20 sudden deaths and 12 reported strokes in Canada alone, plus many other cardio-related injuries, Adderall was again pulled from the market. But, due to some fancy lobbying and possibly other back-room shenanigans, the drug was again allowed back to the market. This is a drug that has accumulated more scandals than many others, yet it remains used heavily on children and indeed adults, today. (5)
The use of stimulant drugs on children has been in widespread use since the 80s, leaving a wake of sudden deaths, confusion, controversy, compromised health, and addiction damage. (2) A person with narcolepsy experiences daytime sleepiness, sometimes sudden, and intense. For safety on the job, and other reasons, a stimulant drug serves as a sleep-preventative measure for someone with this condition. The drug does not actually address the underlying cause of the sleep disorder but may provide something of a temporary solution until the underlying causes can be addressed and corrected.
Is Adderall Addiction Common?
All stimulant drugs carry liability for addiction. Adderall is an amphetamine, a close cousin of the street drug referred to as methamphetamine or meth. Meth has a near-instant onset of effect, as it crosses the blood-brain barrier very easily. Adderall also easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. Both drugs create similar effects, with nearly identical molecular structure. Drug researchers report that structurally these are very nearly identical drugs and cause an unnatural flood of dopamine along nerve pathways in the brain. Stimulant drugs flood the CNS/brain with dopamine, causing euphoria, alertness, feelings of energy, invincibleness, confidence, and other effects (see below for a more complete list of Adderall side effects.)
However, like most things in the world, what goes up must come down. The after-effects of a stimulant are the opposite of the initial pleasure and lift. The come-down creates a strong desire to feel those pleasurable drug effects, that flood of dopamine, again. Like meth, Adderall is rated with a high risk for addiction and abuse.
There is much evidence showing a significant number of college students abuse the drug initially as a way to stay awake all night studying. However, the drug can quickly become more important than tomorrow’s test.
What are Adderall Side Effects?
Initially, the drug causes euphoria, alertness, confidence, energy, focus. As the drug begins to aggressively change brain and CNS function, the drug creates the following:
- drug cravings
- stunted growth, resulting from suppressed appetite as well as excess dopamine secretion which shuts down growth hormone production. Also, slows the production of cartilage tissue, bones. (1)
- sudden death – cardiac arrest, stroke, seizures, convulsions
- suicidal thoughts, behavior
- intensified anxiety
- panic attacks
- hallucinations, psychosis
- irritability, paranoia, aggressive behavior (unprovoked)
- mood swings
- disrupted sleep, insomnia
- respiratory distress, chest pains
- muscle tics
- stomach pains
- changes in sexual behavior
- muscle weakness
Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms Help
After taking a stimulant drug for a long period of time, whether by oral ingestion, snorting or other methods, stopping the drug can be extremely difficult, and should never be done cold turkey (all at once). One of the most concerning aspects of amphetamine withdrawal syndrome presents as deepening depression and suicidal thoughts and behavior. (3)
Other withdrawal symptoms can be extremely disturbing, including:
- insomnia, strange dreams
- extreme mood swings, depression, mania
- strong drug cravings
- increased appetite
The Alternative to Meds Center provides natural holistic help for withdrawal symptoms which significantly eases the discomforts and rollercoaster that can otherwise occur.
Was Adderall FDA Tested and Approved Before Marketing?
The FDA provides guidelines for testing drugs before they reach the market. These requirements are rigorous, should assess the drug over a long period of time, and should sample large numbers of test populations in clinical trials. Researchers found that makers of Adderall and many other similar ADHD drugs have NOT followed those guidelines. Shockingly, somehow the FDA approved these drugs anyway. (2) (4) (5)
When one realizes that doctors and other clinicians diagnose roughly 10% OR MORE of all American children as suffering from ADHD, this insufficient testing has created absolutely unacceptable health consequences. As a result, many children whose physicians started them on ADHD drugs like Adderall now number a large adult population who were harmed by these drugs.
Despite the dangers of Adderall and other similar drugs, doctors wrote 5 million prescriptions in 2008. By 2012, doctors had tripled the number to 16 million prescriptions in that year. From 2003 to 2015, prescriptions written for women of child-bearing age rose by 700%. One can only conclude that drug companies placed their focus on marketing and profits much more than on consumer safety and testing.
Please contact us directly at the Alternative to Meds Center for more details on the programs we deliver for the treatment of Adderall addiction, withdrawal, and recovery.
(1) Goldman, R.D., “ADHD stimulants and their effect on height in children.” Can Fam Physician [INTERNET] Feb. 2010 [cited May 14, 2020]
(2) FDA Drug Label Adderall [INTERNET] 2017 [cited May 14, 2020]
(3) “The Amphetamine Withdrawal Syndrome.” published by the Australian Government Dept of Health in 2004 [cited May 14, 2020]
(4) Rasmussen, N., “America’s First Amphetamine Epidemic 1929-1971.” AM J Public health [INERNET] 2007 [cited May 19, 2020]
(5) Kondro, W., “Drug Regulation: Inconclusive evidence puts Adderall back on the market.” CMAJ JAMC [INTERNET] October 2005 [cited May 19, 2020]
Dr. Samuel Lee
Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente. He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.