Adderall Detox Centers
Adderall is a popular treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder, and narcolepsy. Its help thousands of people overcome this devastating disease. Unfortunately, it is also highly addictive and easy to abuse.
Even the Adderall that doctors prescribe is dangerous, if you are not taking it as instructed. Some people take Adderall without a prescription because they believe that it helps them concentrate. Due to its addictive nature, those that try this often find themselves hopelessly addicted to it. When this happens, treatment is required. To find a comprehensive treatment program, call 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?).
What is Adderall Detox?
According to MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, detox is defined as the withdrawal of a substance such as Adderall in a supportive environment. Withdrawal is extremely difficult but detoxification in a supportive environment is a much easier thing to do. This is why it is important to seek treatment for your addiction or dependence.
What are the Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal and Detox?
Unfortunately, Adderall has a number of both common and serious side effects. These side effects appear within 24 hours of discontinuing your Adderall use. According to the Department of Health, the symptoms of Adderall withdrawal include:
- Severe cravings
- Depressed mood
- Insomnia or hypersomulance
- Clouded or confused thinking
- Decreased movement
- General lack of motivation
- Lack of pleasure in normal activities
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
These symptoms may persist for weeks or months after initial withdrawal when the withdrawal is left untreated.
Withdrawal is caused by a few circumstances. These circumstances can happen whether you are taking Adderall with a prescription or taking it illegally. The things that contribute to withdrawal are:
- Having taken Adderall for an extended time (usually several months or years)
- Taking large amounts of Adderall
- Taking Adderall without a prescription
- Crushing, snorting, or otherwise taking Adderall in a way that it is not meant to be taken
- Taking high doses over a long time period
Many of these circumstances occur when you take Adderall without a prescription or take more than your prescribed amount. Adderall is in essence an amphetamine so the same precautions that apply to them apply to Adderall.
Is Adderall Withdrawal Dangerous?
Adderall withdrawal is dangerous if you are doing it alone. There is a very high risk of relapse and overdose. Relapse related overdose is common with drugs such as Adderall. If you go through detox your tolerance is lowered.
With a lower tolerance, you might be tempted to return to your previous dose. This is a dangerous mistake that often leads to overdose.
Another dangerous of Adderall addiction is Adderall or amphetamine psychosis. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, around 18 percent of heavy amphetamine users experience this psychosis. Unfortunately, this psychosis is not only extremely dangerous, it often leads to prolonged hospitalization.
Adderall or amphetamine psychosis is much more common in those that use heavily and attempt to withdrawal alone. Without a strict dosing schedule, you expose yourself to this danger. For help during withdrawal all you have to do is call us at 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?).
What are the Treatments for Adderall Withdrawal?
Fortunately, there are a variety of highly effective treatments for Adderall addiction and detoxification. The treatment type you choose depends on your individual goals and treatment preferences. Treatments come in both inpatient and outpatient forms. Inpatient treatment is residential treatment and outpatient treatment is a daily, weekly, or monthly treatment program.
Tapering is often the most common form of treatment and often the first thing that a treatment center will try. During a tapering program, the doctor gradually reduces the amount of Adderall you are taking over a period of time.
The amount of time that it takes to taper off the Adderall depends on:
- The amount that you use
- The length that you use it for
- How you usually use it
Some tapering schedules are two to four weeks, while others can last as long as eight to ten weeks. When tapering works, it allows you to slowly get away from the medication. Sometimes doctors will replace the Adderall with another less addictive medication that suits your needs.
The Matrix Model of Treatment
The matrix model of addiction treatment is by far the most effective of the Adderall treatments. It combines different elements of drug treatment with aspects of behavioral therapy to form a more complete addiction treatment program. To find a treatment program all you have to do is call 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?).
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the matrix model consists of:
- Relapse prevention
- Family therapies
- Group therapies
- Community programs
- Drug and alcohol education
- Self help programs
- 12 step facilitation
- Urine drug testing
- Social support groups
- Relapse cause analysis
Therapists using the matrix model are trained in a variety of techniques and employ any that work in order to help you stop your Adderall or other stimulant use. They use techniques that:
- Promote self esteem
- Foster a positive relationship with the therapist
- Promote dignity and self respect
- Reinforce positive change
- Encourage the user to make the needed changes in their life to stop their drug use
It is extremely important that the therapist has an excellent relationship with the patient in order for the matrix model to work. The therapist acts more like teacher, coach, and friend than a traditional counselor does.
Treatment centers often combines medication replacement with its behavioral aspects. Since some Adderall use is to treat a disorder, it is important to continue to provide treatment despite the addiction to Adderall. Doctors may use a different amphetamine or another medication entirely.