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Meth / Adderall Addiction

Meth and Adderall are stimulants (amphetamines) and very similar in chemical composition and make-up. Adderall has legitimate, prescribed medical uses for individuals who suffer from ADHD or narcolepsy. Both drugs, however, are often used recreationally because both produce a high which includes alertness, energeticness, euphoria and a sense of invincibility — feelings which you will likely want to repeat once you have experienced them.

The ability of these drugs to pass quickly into the brain from the bloodstream makes their high both immediate and powerful and makes both drugs very dangerous. Meth crosses this barrier more easily than Adderall, although Adderall remains extremely dangerous to use. Adding to their dangers is their ability, as neurotoxins, to cause permanent brain damage if taken for a prolonged period of time or at too high a dosage.

Adding to the dangers of meth and Adderall use is the drugs’ prevalence, especially the prescription form of the drug, Adderall. Many Adderall users, for example, report obtaining the drug from friends or family members who have valid prescriptions for it, according to one 2016 survey. Street versions of the drug are also highly available, and the vast differences in concentration and composition of the drug mean that taking meth can expose you to higher risks of overdose or negative drug interactions.

Young users also account for the popularity of the drugs, especially college-aged young adults and teenagers who frequently rely on the drugs for the energy boost they perceive needing to meet their demanding schedules. According to results collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 400,000 teens aged 12 to 17 had tried some form of amphetamine including Adderall in 2015 alone, and for those aged 18 to 25, over two and a half million had tried the drugs.

The serious negative side-effects of meth and Adderall abuse and addiction require a medically-supervised detox, and the addictive qualities of the drugs also necessitate on-going addiction treatment post-detox. Attempting to detox on your own is almost always ineffective since the withdrawal side-effects you will experience are severe and may lead you back to using. A failed detox can be even more dangerous as one of the results of using again is frequently overdose. Meth and Adderall addiction require a medically-supervised detox and addiction treatment, and the prescription nature of Adderall makes it no more safe to use.

The Effects of Meth and Adderall on the Body

You will experience many negative physical and psychological side effects from using meth and Adderall even in the short term. Those side effects often include:

Adderall

  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • insomnia
  • cardiovascular problems

Meth

  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • fast resting heart rate
  • dilated pupils
  • sleeping problems
  • unpredictable behavior
  • seizures and/or convulsions
  • psychosis and/or panic attacks

Signs of Meth and Adderall Abuse and Addiction

There are many unmistakable indicators of abuse and addiction to meth and Adderall which include:

Adderall

  • depression
  • hostility
  • paranoia

Meth

  • difficulty staying-focused
  • insomnia
  • violent behavior or aggression
  • depression
  • hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis
  • changes in brain structure and function similar to Alzheimer’s Disease

Long-term Damage from Meth and Adderall Use

Long-term use of meth or Adderall leads to many additional negative symptoms which will increasingly begin to threaten your safety. These symptoms include:

Adderall

  • paranoia
  • hostility
  • depression

Meth

  • severe dental problems
  • impaired motor skills
  • weight loss
  • memory loss
  • possible liver, kidney and lung damage

Withdrawal Symptoms from Meth and Adderall

In addition to posing physical and even life-threatening dangers, withdrawal symptoms from meth and Adderall can be extremely frightening. Withdrawal symptoms include:

Meth

  • powerful drug cravings
  • sleep issues
  • tremors and/or convulsions
  • sweating, fever and chills
  • nausea and vomiting
  • hypertension
  • heart palpitations
  • respiratory complications, including respiratory failure
  • seizures
  • coma
  • death

Adderall

  • drug cravings
  • appetite loss
  • headaches
  • body aches
  • concentration problems
  • insomnia
  • lethargy
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • suicidal thoughts
  • tremors or seizures

Getting Treatment to Overcome Meth and Adderall

Detox — especially a medically-supervised one — along with addiction treatment can help you face all aspects of your addiction and live life with renewed courage and self-confidence. Free from cravings and with healthy ways to avoid future drug use, you can enjoy long-term sobriety. Call The Serenity Oaks Wellness Center today at 844-720-6847 to begin your journey to recovery.

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