7 Ways to Determine If You Are Dependent On Adderall
Adderall is a prescription medication designed to treat ADHD. But it’s also used as a “study drug” by college students, athletes and others who are looking for an edge in their performance. It’s easy to find Adderall online or on the street, and many people who take it don’t realize they could be abusing the drug.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that abusing Adderall can lead to heart attack, stroke, serious mental health problems, weight loss, insomnia and paranoia. While it’s important that you understand the risks associated with abusing Adderall, it’s also important that you know how to tell if you’re dependent on this drug so that you can seek help before your dependence escalates into abuse.
Here are seven signs that indicate whether or not you’re dependent on Adderall:
1. You need it to get through the day. Adderall is a stimulant and can make you feel more alert, energized, and focused on whatever task you have in front of you. This can be helpful in situations where you have a lot to do, but it can also make it hard for you to relax or take breaks during the day. If this is happening to you, it may be that you’re dependent on Adderall.
2. You feel like your life is out of control without it. If you’ve reached the point where not taking Adderall feels like a disaster is about to happen, then it might be time to think about how much Adderall has become a part of your life. If you go through withdrawal when you try to stop taking the drug and feel like all hell breaks loose when your supply runs out, then this could be another sign that dependence has set in.
3. You take more than prescribed by your doctor. If you find yourself increasing your dosage over time because the original amount no longer seems effective enough, then this could be a sign that dependence has set in as well. While many people are able to take their medication exactly as prescribed by their doctor without any problems at all, others may find
4. You have a hard time stopping after taking it for a while. You find yourself needing to take more Adderall to get the same effect that you used to get from less Adderall—or any other stimulant drug—when you first started using it.
5. You’ve had problems with family or friends about your use of the drug (these could include arguments about your drug use or other types of conflicts).
6. You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the drug (this may include depression, anxiety, and irritability).
7. Your use of Adderall has resulted in legal problems (for example, being arrested for driving under the influence while under the influence).