Like other addictive stimulants, Adderall is no exception when it comes to users experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Made from a formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, its intended use is for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. However, Adderall has become a popular drug of abuse because of the euphoric high often associated with other stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine.

Over time, individuals build a tolerance to the drug, which leads to dependence and the disease of addiction. Even users who want to stop, often find that they are unable to do so. The severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms are dependent on how much, how often, and how long a user has been taking Adderall. Usually, withdrawal from stimulants is unpleasant, and not usually life-threatening. The big problem that Adderall poses for people, is “extreme psychological dependence,” which the FDA required manufacturers to put on the label.

When a person begins withdrawing from Adderall and other stimulants, symptoms of depression, anxiety, intense drug cravings, and in severe cases, suicidal or violent actions can pose a danger to themselves and others. Other withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Hunger
  • Nightmares
  • Anhedonia
  • Irritability
  • Aches and pains
  • Difficulty concentrating

When you check-in to detox, you may start feeling better in as little as five days, or it could take several weeks. Everyone is different, and people who took larger doses, more often, and over a longer period of time may experience more severe symptoms that last longer.

Another factor that affects the withdrawal timeline, is the type of Adderall used. Regular Adderall only lasts for up to six hours, whereas one dose of Adderall XR (extended release) is meant to last for 24 hours. Since Adderall leaves the body faster than Adderall XR, the withdrawal from the latter can last longer. In detox, a tapering schedule is used to minimize symptoms of withdrawal, which allows your body a more comfortable transition into a new beginning.

Medical detox may sound frightening, but it truly is the best way to get clean. You will be cared for in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, by a team who wants nothing more than to get you healthy and feeling like your true self again. You don’t have to live in addiction any longer, and you don’t have to do this alone. We want to help you. Give us a call and we’ll get you on the path to a new freedom you never thought possible.

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