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The Dark Truth About Adderall

What is Adderall? It is a prescription medication that is a combination of dextroamphetamine salts and amphetamines. Adderall is a stimulant; it stimulates the central nervous system. Subsequently, Adderall is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. The drug also has a very real dark side. Adderall has many names such as: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, speed, uppers, black beauties, Addys, and pep pills. 

What is the Dark Side? 

The very real and dark side of prescription Adderall affects many people. Firstly, students are a group that runs a high risk of vulnerability to Adderall. Secondly, athletes have been known to abuse of the drug. For example, athletes that have no medical need for it but, instead use it to enhance focus and even increase their stamina and endurance. Additionally, truck drivers also are known to use it to enhance their focus out on the road and also to remain awake for longer periods of time. In addition, others who are addicted to drugs or other substances may also use a combination of Adderall to artificially create the feeling of energy to “pick-them-up” especially if they are abusing depressant substances. Using Adderall to counter the depressant feeling that substances like alcohol.

What is “Habit-forming”? 

Firstly, Adderall is considered a Schedule II controlled substance. To clarify, this means that it can be “habit-forming”. Moreover, habit forming just means that those using the drug may develop a tolerance to the substance after long periods of use or abuse. Above all, developing a tolerance just means that the dosage amount you have been taking no longer affects you, which causes you to take more to get feel any of the substance’s effects. 

What are the Signs of Adderall Dependency? 

Some of the most common signs of Adderall dependence are: 

  • Being overly talkative or excitability 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Social withdrawal 
  • Financial troubles 
  • Aggression 
  • Sleeping for long periods of time or exhaustion 
  • Secretive behavior 
  • Memory loss 
  • Excessive weight loss 

To learn about more the signs the American Addiction Centers Resources has more information. 

Dangers of Long-term Usage: 

It is no secret that repetition establishes habit patterns. The long-term usage of Adderall is known as “habit-forming”. In other words, Adderall is highly addictive. Long-term Adderall consumption causes damage to your body, brain, and your personality. In short, with time and proper professional care the damage caused by Adderall on your body can be repaired. Abusing Adderall long-term increases, the risk of developing the following: 

  • Heart disease 
  • Dizziness 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • Weight loss 
  • Insomnia 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Heart palpitations 
  • Headaches 
  • Death
  • And more. 
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