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Adderall Abuse and Addiction
Based on reports from medical professionals and media outlets, Adderall is the most abused prescription drug in America. According to a HuffPost report, Adderall abuse has gone up almost 200 percent in recent years. If someone abuses Adderall or uses it in any way outside of how it’s prescribed, they may become addicted. An Adderall outpatient rehab program is one treatment option in this situation.
The following are some key things to know about Adderall abuse:
- It’s estimated that anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of college students abuse Adderall on a regular basis
- Adderall is fairly easy to get because of how often it’s prescribed
- The drug can be recreationally abused in different ways – for example, tablets can be crushed, dissolved and then injected. Many people who abuse Adderall will also crush it up and snort it. These increase the rapid, potent effects of the drug.
- Adderall is itself addictive, and many medical professionals also consider it to be a gateway drug to other substances such as heroin and cocaine
- Severe Adderall side effects include cardiac problems, raised blood pressure, seizures, stroke, and symptoms of psychosis
Signs Someone Needs Treatment for Adderall Addiction
While it may be a fine line, there is a distinction to be made between Adderall abuse and addiction.
Abuse of Adderall can be described as any situation where it’s used outside of how it’s intended and prescribed. For example, even if someone uses Adderall once without a prescription, it’s considered substance abuse.
Addiction, on the other hand, is a diagnosable medical disorder. Signs of Adderall addiction can include:
- Using Adderall even when there are harmful or adverse consequences or side effects
- Needing higher doses to get the same effects (known as having an Adderall tolerance)
- Neglecting other responsibilities to instead use or obtain more Adderall
- Trying to quit using Adderall and being unable to, or having at least one serious but failed attempt to stop using the substance
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms if a dose is missed
- Putting oneself in dangerous or risky situations while on Adderall, or to obtain more
- Doctor shopping to get multiple prescriptions
- Adderall treatment options include inpatient rehab, as well as outpatient rehab.
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What Is Outpatient Adderall Rehab?
Outpatient rehab refers to a scenario where people don’t become patients or check into a facility. Instead, they receive addiction treatment on an outpatient basis. Outpatient rehab may take place at rehab centers, community facilities, nonprofit organizations or therapy centers.
Outpatient rehab can be fairly informal, or it can be intensive. There are a wide variety of program formats and approaches that fall into the category of outpatient rehab. During outpatient rehab, people come together – often in a group setting – although some programs might be individual.
Types of Outpatient Rehab for Adderall Addiction
Some of the different types of rehab programs that may fall into the category of outpatient rehab include:
PHP or Day Treatment
A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is also called day treatment. A PHP is the most intensive type of outpatient rehab and is in many ways more similar to inpatient rehab.
With day treatment, patients come to the treatment center every morning, and they stay all day. They receive intensive addiction treatment and supplemental care. Then, at the end of the day, they return either to their home, or a sober living house.
With day treatment, the time commitment is significant and doesn’t allow many people to go to school or work during treatment.
A PHP or day treatment program may take up five days a week, or sometimes every day of the week. The treatment day is very scheduled and regimented, and medication management and dual diagnosis care are often part of the program.
Some people may finish a PHP in a few weeks, but for other people, this form of outpatient rehab may take longer.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
An intensive outpatient program or IOP offers a less significant time commitment than day treatment, and it’s more flexible. An IOP for Adderall addiction might include meetings that are held in the evenings so that it’s after school or work ends.
With an IOP for Adderall, participants will usually have to commit to several meetings a week. As they progress in their treatment and recovery, they might attend this type of outpatient rehab less and less frequently. A lot of the focus in an IOP for Adderall addiction, or any substance use disorder, is on managing stress and triggers in daily life, and how to prevent a relapse.
The term continuing care is a broad one. For some people, continuing care includes meeting in a group setting at a rehab or treatment center perhaps once or twice a week. During this time, participants can talk about their experiences and their successes and failures with a group of peers.
There is also 12-step program such as Narcotics Anonymous that someone might prefer as continuing care when they are attempting to abstain from Adderall.
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Who Should Go To Outpatient Rehab for Adderall?
Outpatient Adderall treatment does have some benefits. For example, its flexibility allows participants to continue with their daily lives while receiving treatment for their addiction. Outpatient Adderall rehab allows participants to keep up with family and work responsibilities. It’s less expensive than inpatient treatment, and a person doesn’t have to leave their home.
However, it’s not necessarily the right fit for everyone who is addicted to Adderall, at least not as the first step in treatment.
If someone has a severe, long-term addiction or has complicating mental or physical health conditions, they may need to start with inpatient Adderall treatment. Then, when they successfully complete the inpatient rehab program, they might step down into a lower intensity outpatient treatment program.
Some people might also begin Adderall treatment with outpatient rehab in certain circumstances. A person who could be a good fit for outpatient Adderall rehab includes someone who:
- Has a mild addiction to Adderall or only occasionally abuses it
- Doesn’t use other substances with Adderall
- Doesn’t require a medical detox for withdrawal symptoms
- Has no mental health disorders, at least not ones that are untreated
- Hasn’t tried other Adderall treatment programs previously
- Has a strong home support system
To learn more about outpatient treatment for Adderall addiction as well as other rehab options that are available, contact Amethyst Recovery Center.
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