Adderall dependencies are more common than you think. This can happen to anyone who has used it for a long time, even people who take it exactly as directed. When you are physically dependent on drugs such as Adderall, this means that when you try to quit smoking, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.
If you have been using Adderall to learn, improve or feel more awake, you may also be addicted to it. Addiction is a complex disease that adds another layer of difficulty to the withdrawal experience.
According to research published in 2016, Adderall abuse is most common in people between 18 and 25 years of age.Quite a few of these users use Adderall because they believe it makes them smarter or more capable of learning.
Adderall can be used daily or intermittently. Some people take Adderall to treat ADHD under the supervision of a doctor, while others abuse it illegally or deliberately.
When it comes to exiting, the context doesn’t really matter. Anyone who uses amphetamine for a long time will experience withdrawal symptoms.
If you take large doses of non-therapeutic Adderall or continue to binge Adderall (large doses for several days), you may have experienced an Adderall crash before.
The collapse of Adderall was like a violent small retreat. It usually starts within a few hours after your last dose and can last for a day or two.Most people have experienced physical and mental exhaustion and significant depression.
After Adderall binge drinking, you will most likely suffer from insomnia and starvation. During your recuperation, you may eat a lot and sleep a lot.
When you quit Adderall permanently, your symptoms will be similar to the initial Adderall crash, but they will become less intense over time.
If you do not get rid of Adderall binge drinking, or if you take Adderall regularly every day, then withdrawal symptoms may appear more slowly. You may not notice any symptoms until a few days have passed.
Adderall withdrawal usually lasts three days to several weeks, but you may have lingering psychological symptoms and cravings.
Unlike other withdrawal syndromes, Adderall withdrawal has nothing to do with any dangerous medical problems. Your depression will escalate to the main risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior.
Signs and symptoms
Adderall withdrawals are different for everyone. Your withdrawal experience will depend on many factors, including the nature of your use of Adderall. If you have a stimulant use disorder (Adderall addiction), there will be other issues that need to be resolved within a few weeks after your last dose.
The initial withdrawal syndrome can be severe. Dropping out of school may affect your ability to work normally and perform family, school, and work responsibilities.
Adderall increases the activity of two neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in the brain: norepinephrine and dopamine.Dopamine is responsible for activating the brain’s reward system. Norepinephrine is responsible for improving your alertness, concentration and cognitive function. Both play a role in emotional regulation.
During long-term use of Adderall, your brain will get used to the increased activity of these neurotransmitters. Withdrawal symptoms occur because your brain is experiencing low levels of dopamine and norepinephrine that it considers to be low.
No wonder Adderall’s sign of withdrawal is depression. The depression caused by Adderall withdrawal is temporary and usually lasts about a week after your last medication. However, in some people, depression may last for weeks or months.
Severe depression is very different from just feeling sad. You may encounter any of the following situations:
- Feeling of emptiness or despair
- Loss of interest in activities that usually bring you happiness, such as sex or exercise
- Extreme irritability or depression
- Total lack of energy or excessive fatigue
- Sleep too much or too little
- Anxious feeling
- Feel that you move, think or speak slower than usual
- Strong self-criticism or sense of worthlessness
- Feelings of guilt and regret
- Eat too much or too little
- Problems with thinking, focusing or planning
- Unusual pain
- Thoughts of death or suicide or attempted suicide
Because your brain responds to low levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, withdrawal symptoms are not limited to depression.
A recent study found that changes in brain chemistry during amphetamine withdrawal may make people more sensitive to stress.This can explain why things that don’t usually bother you can be very annoying or frustrating when you quit.
Another study conducted in rats found that amphetamine changes brain chemistry in a way that encourages reward-seeking behavior. The researchers found that these changes persisted for several months after the rats were given the last dose.This explains well why the craving for drugs is so persistent, and why people who quit Adderall look for other ways to trigger their reward system, such as overeating.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, other symptoms of stimulant withdrawal include:
- Vivid or unpleasant dreams
- Increased appetite
- Thinking or attention problems
- Slow movement or reflexes
- Unusually slow heart rate
- Adela’s desire
Most people’s symptoms will subside within a few weeks. However, after the withdrawal period, you may face unexpected psychological, social or emotional problems.
Depressive episodes may have long-term effects, such as triggering painful or traumatic thoughts, feelings, and memories. You may also have to deal with the consequences of failing to perform your duties during the exit period. This may include problems at work, school or family.
Response and relief
Unfortunately, there are currently no drugs recommended to treat amphetamine withdrawal, but there are steps you can take to reduce the discomfort. With the help of a doctor, you may want to consider the following medications:
- Anti-anxiety drugs: Although these drugs are generally not recommended, especially those that are not recommended for a long time, they may provide some relief in the first few days of withdrawal. If you feel strong irritation, worsening, or aggressive behavior, please consult your doctor and ask you to take a week of long-acting benzodiazepines, such as clonazepam (Klonopin).
- Over-the-counter pain relievers: If you experience headaches or body aches, consider using over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) or Excedrin.
- Sleep aids: If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you may need to discuss prescription sleep aids, such as Ambien, with your doctor. You can also use OTC antihistamines such as Benadryl (not the non-drowsy one).
- Antidepressants: If you start taking them early, antidepressants may help prevent depression that persists after withdrawal, but they have not been proven to reduce the acute symptoms of withdrawal.
Other things you can do to ensure a smooth and safe withdrawal experience include:
- Ask someone you trust (such as siblings, parents, or friends) to check your situation from time to time to make sure you are okay.
- Plan to spare some time from your daily duties and obligations. Take a few days off, take a break from work, school, and study, and give yourself some time to rest and recover.
- Prepare cravings by cutting off your supply. Avoid recurrence by dumping your collection or telling your supplier to cut off your contact.
- Drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals. You need to supplement your body with vitamins and electrolytes.
- Surround yourself with things that bring you happiness or peace, and be prepared for depression, even if these things are just ice cream and Netflix binge.
- Exercise to promote the release of neurotransmitters that naturally feel good.
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Adderall is generally considered a safe family withdrawal. Unlike other drugs with complex withdrawal syndromes (such as alcohol and benzodiazepines), withdrawal from amphetamines is unlikely to cause any serious medical problems.
The problem with Adderall withdrawals is that it can be a bit unpredictable. It is difficult to know in advance whether you will experience intense depression or extreme stimulation.
It may be helpful to discuss your smoking cessation plan with your doctor. Your doctor may be able to provide you with short-term and long-term support.
The main risk of completing Adderall withdrawal alone is that you will experience suicidal thoughts or behavior. Even if you have no history of suicidal thoughts or depression, this is still a risk. Adderall has a serious impact on your brain chemistry, and it is difficult to predict how your mood will change.
The long-term treatment of amphetamine withdrawal will depend in part on the nature of your use of amphetamine. If you take Adderall exactly as prescribed by your doctor for ADHD, then you may not need any long-term treatment at all.
If you have abused or abused Adderall for a period of time, you will definitely benefit from a comprehensive, long-term addiction treatment plan.
All addictive drugs affect dopamine in some indirect way. Stimulants have a direct effect on your dopamine receptors, which basically puts them in a VIP position in your brain’s reward system.This means that your brain will have a lot of trouble resisting desire.
Think of it this way: You will start with a real physical disadvantage. During withdrawal and in the following weeks and months, your brain will become weak and fragile. In order to resist the craving for drugs, you will need a lot of support. This may include medication and psychotherapy.
The main treatment for amphetamine addiction is behavioral therapy. Two types have been proven effective, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and emergency management (CM).
During CBT, you work with a therapist or consultant to determine and manage your medication triggers. You will learn to modify the negative thinking patterns that have led you to abuse Adderall in the past, such as believing that you cannot pass an exam or write a paper without Adderall.
CM is a therapy that uses the brain to stimulate the desire of its reward system. Basically, you work with a consultant to improve your behavior, and your consultant will reward you for your success. For example, when you study for an exam without Adderall, your advisor may reward you with a coffee and donut gift card.
It is also important to understand that because your brain is eager to stimulate its reward system, you may have other substance abuse problems or behavioral addictions. People use a variety of things to replace amphetamines, including other drugs, nicotine, gambling, shopping, and sex.
Working with a therapist or addiction counselor will help you abstain from Adderall long-term and maintain a healthy balance in other aspects of your life.
If you or someone you love is dealing with addiction or withdrawal, you can look for many face-to-face and online resources.
Most universities have excellent counselling and behavioral health services. Check your school’s website for more information about the services they provide and how to make an appointment to speak with a counselor.
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Quitting Adderall is not easy. If you are in school and study with Adderall, it will be particularly difficult to quit smoking. Inevitably there will be a mid-term exam or a research paper that you must complete. Working with your school’s therapist or counselor can help you deal with these triggers and develop new study habits. In fact, once you remove Adderall from your life, you may find that you are more awake and stable.