Adderall Drug Abuse
Adderall is a drug that is prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) because it improves focus and stamina with mental tasks. A Schedule II drug, Adderall is in the same category as cocaine, because of its highly addictive properties. Adderall is basically a legal form of methamphetamines. Adderall is a central nervous stimulant and can be extremely addictive, leading to Adderall drug abuse.
The Homework Pill, The Study Drug
With nicknames like the Homework Pill and the Study Drug, it seems like using Adderall is a harmless practice to get into if you just want to get an edge in school or college courses. But Adderall is basically like prescription crystal meth or cocaine. It is highly addictive and, even if you have ‘good’ intentions to start using Adderall, it can quickly become a problem. Casual and occasional Adderall use has a nasty habit of turning into a nasty habit: you will find yourself on the wrong end of it and in the zone of Adderall drug abuse.
Accessibility of Adderall
Adderall can be obtained from any pharmacy with a prescription from a family doctor or specialist such as a psychiatrist. Obtaining an Adderall prescription is relatively easy: health care professionals rely on self-reporting from their patients in order to diagnose ADHD, often times by having the patient fill out a questionnaire.
The Face of Adderall Drug Abuse
If you are resorting to buying pills from others, stealing, or lying to get Adderall, then this should be a red flag that you have crossed over into Adderall drug abuse.
It is quite easy to get a prescription for Adderall from a doctor. First of all, many doctors’ offices are managed like an assembly line in a factory. Patients rarely even talk directly with their doctor during their appointment or, if they do get to see the doctor, it is for a very limited amount of time. Too many doctors are quick to simply write a prescription and send patients on their way.
People seeking prescriptions for Adderall simply need to familiarize themselves with what the symptoms of ADHD are, which can be done by talking to friends or surfing the net. Then, during their appointment they lie, telling their doctor how they are easily distracted, have difficulty concentrating, and struggle with procrastination. These symptoms are not easily measured so doctors just go by what the patient reports.
For those without a prescription, Adderall is quite easy to obtain. High school and college students either buy it from their classmates who have a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD and who have legitimate prescriptions for Adderall. Others may resort to stealing Adderall pills from family members who have been prescribed the drug and leave their bottles in easy-to-find places.
Dangers of Adderall Drug Abuse
While under the influence of Adderall, the user will experience a lack of appetite – leading to drastic and rapid weight loss – dry mouth, sweats, and anxiety. Adderall also increases blood pressure, causes irregular heartbeat, high body temperature, and cardiovascular failure, which can cause death. This can occur with the first use of the drug or after long term Adderall drug abuse.
Adderall use over time is incredibly dangerous can easily develop into Adderall drug abuse. Adderall addiction causes sleep disturbances and irregular sleep patterns, and insomnia. Lack of sleep can lead to psychosis.
Someone who is in the midst of Adderall drug abuse will suffer from a darkening mood, marked by depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, hostility and paranoia.