Prescription drugs are able to fix many different problems, but it can also be the source of addiction for many people. The different benefits of prescription drugs can cause some people to acquire a dependence. One such example of a prescription drug that has a high potential of causing an addiction response in a person is the drug Adderall. Adderall is often prescribed in order to help those who may have the condition of narcolepsy or attention deficit disorder. Adderall contains both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , which affect the central nervous system, stimulating the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. These qualities make it more likely to abused by those with previous alcohol and drug problems.
Recognizing an addiction on a prescription drug can be hard for those outside the medical profession to recognize, but there are a few signs that can tip you off. For example, if your loved one is routinely taking more than the recommended dosage of their prescription medication. Another tell-tale sign they are addicted is if they run out of their medication before their script is due to be filled and they attempt to get ahold of the medication through other means such as buying it illegally, taking prescription pills from friends and family, or trying to buy phony prescription orders. If you have a family member or a loved one with an Adderall addiction, you may have to make the difficult decision to set some boundaries in the relationship until they go and get help. Avoid enabling behaviors such as giving money to the addict if you know if they are just going to use it to get their fix. If you know that someone is addicted to Adderall, but is on a valid prescription for it, you may want to suggest that they ask their doctor to replace their medication with a less addictive substance.
The first step in getting help for your loved one who is addicted to Adderall is to get them to realize that they have a problem. You can do this with an intervention and have a professional addiction counselor or therapist on hand who can help you to explain the severity of the addiction to your loved one and who has the proper training to diffuse a situation if your loved one reacts negatively about being confronted about their addiction. Your loved one can then decide to go to a rehab center or to join an outpatient therapy group such as Al-Anon or Narc-Anon, both groups that deal specifically with addiction related to Adderall and other narcotic prescription drugs.
While prescription drugs like Adderall are no doubt beneficial to many people and improve their quality of life, they can also be abused and destroy the lives of others. Don’t ignore your loved one’s addiction to Adderall before it is too late. If you notice an addiction habit developing in your child or teenager, request that the doctor switch their Adderall prescription immediately and get them the help that they need with an addiction counselor. While it is much harder to get an adult to get the help that they need with their addiction, using an intervention to allow them to come to grips about their addiction is hurting the people that they care about can be an eye-opening experience which prompts them to seek treatment for their addiction. Your loved one can get the help they need with the proper guidance from Intervention Drug Rehab Association. Give us a call today.