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Are you or someone you love considering Adderall detox? For men and women who have been legitimately diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Adderall can be an important and beneficial medication. For others however, the prescription stimulant can lead to physical and psychological dependence, plus a range of other serious personal consequences. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, roughly 6.6 percent (16 million) American adults used a prescription stimulant in 2016. While 4.5 percent of people (11 million) used prescription stimulants as they were prescribed by a medical professional, 2.1 percent (5 million) abused the stimulant medication.

Why Do People Like Adderall?

Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it works by increasing the norepinephrine and dopamine levels present in the central nervous system, impacting the focus and attention span of the individual taking the medication. Because Adderall stimulates dopamine, it can be pleasurable and habit-forming. And since it is widely prescribed, Adderall is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the U.S.

Roughly half of the men and women who reported abusing a prescription stimulant like Adderall said that they do so to enhance cognitive functioning. Over the course of the past decade or so, Adderall misuse has become exceedingly common among college-aged people and working professionals with heavy workloads and consistent deadlines. Other reasons individuals take Adderall are to lose weight, decrease social anxiety, increase energy and produce a heightened state of euphoria. Adderall abuse, however, is not limited to college kids and business professionals — men and women of all ages and personal backgrounds are susceptible to prescription stimulant abuse.

Some of the many downsides to prescription stimulants like Adderall, however, are the side effects, which include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, decreased appetite and insomnia. At high doses, Adderall can cause a sharp increase in body temperature, irregular heartbeat, heart failure and seizures. Once a person develops a physical tolerance he or she requires a higher dose of Adderall in order to feel the desired effects. Once a tolerance develops, it is usually not long before a physical and psychological dependence takes hold. If you or someone you love has been suffering from Adderall abuse or dependence, Guardian Recovery is available to help. Our medically monitored detox program provides clients with a safe and pain-free Adderall withdrawal while preparing them for the next stage of recovery.

Adderall Addiction
Signs & Symptoms

Adderall works by stimulating the central nervous system and increasing the ability to focus or concentrate for extended periods of time. It is estimated that between 70 and 80 percent of men and women who take Adderall for ADHD see an improvement in cognitive functioning. However, taking Adderall other than as prescribed (or taking the medication without a prescription) can easily lead to a number of serious issues – including dependence.

Symptoms of Adderall Addiction:

  • Taking more Adderall than intended for a longer period of time than intended
  • Feeling unable to function adequately without Adderall
  • Loss of appetite, which often leads to noticeable weight loss
  • Changes to sleeping patterns/an inability to fall asleep
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Mood swings, usually marked by irritability and agitation
  • Engaging in drug-seeking behaviors like doctor shopping, purchasing (or stealing) Adderall from a friend or family member
  • A lack of motivation to participate in activities that were once previously enjoyed
  • Attempting to cut back on the amount of Adderall being taken but being unable to do so
  • An increase in risk-taking behaviors, like combining Adderall with other chemical substances (such as alcohol or opioids)
  • Developing a physical tolerance over time
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is suddenly stopped

Adderall Withdrawal
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When a person suddenly stops taking Adderall after a prolonged period of abuse, he or she is at risk of developing a range of symptoms known as withdrawal. The body essentially goes into shock after being repeatedly exposed to the same chemical substance over a prolonged period of time. Symptoms associated with Adderall withdrawal are not typically life-threatening. However, they can be very uncomfortable and lead to serious physical and psychological complications if not effectively treated in a designated Adderall detox facility.

Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal:

  • An increased appetite, which can lead to temporary weight gain
  • Feelings of restlessness and uneasiness
  • Sleep-related issues, like insomnia or persistent and graphic nightmares
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • A lack of energy
  • Anxiety, which can progress to panic attacks when left untreated
  • Feelings of depression and suicidal ideation
The psychological symptoms of Adderall withdrawal are often far more severe than the physical symptoms. Because of this, it is crucial that the medical detox center offers dual diagnosis treatment options. At Guardian Recovery we take all aspects of Adderall withdrawal into account, treating each symptom individually as it develops. We focus on client comfort, providing a safe and pain-free Adderall withdrawal by employing a range of evidence-based detoxification techniques.

Is Adderall Detox Necessary?

When it comes to treating the symptoms associated with Adderall withdrawal, medical detox is often a vital first step on a long-term journey of addiction recovery. The physical symptoms can be treated with a combination of over-the-counter pain relievers and non-narcotic sleep aids. The psychological symptoms, however, must be closely monitored around-the-clock and treated accordingly. Many clients who have been abusing Adderall for an extended period of time experience significant anxiety, panic attacks and severe depression.

Adderall Addiction Treatment Options

While there are no medications specifically designed to help alleviate stimulant withdrawal, there are ways to ease the symptoms. At Guardian Recovery, when necessary, we use medication assisted treatment, providing mild anti-anxiety and antipsychotic medications during the Adderall withdrawal process. We have on-staff psychiatrists who conduct personalized psychological evaluations and prescribe medications as necessary. Because men and women who are recovering from Adderall dependence often come to Guardian malnourished and underweight, we also offer a stocked kitchen with 24-hour access to sandwiches, snacks and drinks, plus three, daily chef-prepared meals. Focusing on rest and adequate nutrition helps speed along the withdrawal process significantly. We also offer holistic methods of treatment, including yogamassageacupuncture and meditation. Most importantly, Guardian Recovery helps individuals build a plan for continuing recovery after detox. We offer case managementindividual and group therapy sessions and aftercare planning. We also give clients the option of continuing their care through our multi-phase treatment program, which could include a stay at an inpatient residential facility, intensive outpatient program and/or sober living If you or someone you love has been struggling with an Adderall abuse disorder and has been unable to quit long-term, we are available to help.

Comprehensive Medical Detox

At Guardian Recovery we offer a medical detox program that focuses on much more than physical stabilization. The level of clinical care we provide cannot be found in any state-funded detox facility or traditional hospital setting. We provide clients with a safe and pain-free Adderall withdrawal as we prepare them to take the next appropriate step in their long-term recovery. In addition to treating all symptoms of withdrawal as they arise we focus on mental, emotional and spiritual healing, ultimately offering an integrated program of recovery that lays a solid foundation for years to come. To learn more about our Adderall detox program, contact us today.

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Reviewed professionally for accuracy by:

Ryan Soave


Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.

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Cayla Clark

Cayla Clark grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting. Since then she has been writing on addiction recovery and psychology full-time, and has found a home as part of the Guardian Recovery team.

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