The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one that is often given in childhood. When considering stimulant medications, like Adderall, most people think of their users as being hyper, school-age children that cannot focus.
What happens when these children grow up? Many no longer need the prescriptions as they grow out of ADHD. For others, it’s a lifelong problem that continues to require treatment.
College students turn into working adults who depend on these medications more than ever.
However, what about the people who don’t have attention or hyperactivity problems? What about those individuals who take these stimulants to give them energy and keep them going for more extended hours?
The issue of Adderall abuse in the workplace is a real threat. All those extra hours provided by the use of a stimulant is doing more harm than good.
Why Are Adults Using Stimulants?
College students who use stimulants will carry this over into their professional life. Unfortunately, this becomes a gateway drug for many. Once their parent’s insurance no longer covers students, it becomes difficult to get these expensive drugs.
Prescription medications like Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, and Vyvanse, have mentally dependent properties.
While a person can stop taking these medications at any time, the mental need to have these drugs to function causes another type of dependency. Stimulants mess with the internal functioning of the brain. They stop specific neurons from firing and alter vital chemicals.
Adults are turning to stimulant medications because they cannot accomplish all they need to in a day. There are only 24 hours in a day. The only free time many have is when they are asleep. When a stimulant is added, many can go on little to no sleep for more extended periods.
There are mounting pressures in the workplace, and people need to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition. The goal is to work more extended hours to get more pay, be in line for a promotion, and stay in the good graces of the company.
Stimulants Won’t Work For Everyone
Taking a stimulant medication like Adderall will work wonders initially. However, the body requires sleep. If a person has a confirmed diagnosis and needs the medication, then they fall into a different class. Stimulants don’t speed up the mind of a person with ADHD, and it has quite a different effect.
To the person who indeed doesn’t suffer from this condition, it becomes a prescription form of speed. Taking a drug that gives increased energy comes at a premium. It can make you more jittery, reduce focus, cause insomnia, and many lose their appetite.
The drug taken for focus may cause someone to be scatterbrained from unease.
Crossing The Line
Just like any other drug, many take more than what is prescribed to get greater benefits. The only problem is these medications are so controlled that doctors are often heavy handed with the medicines. Thus, many turn to the streets looking for something that will bring the same effects, but they are easier to access.
Users justify their decisions because they have a huge deadline, or they feel that they cannot function without the medication. Some users resort to taking their children’s drugs because it’s easier to get these types of prescriptions for a child rather than an adult.
Breaking The Cycle
It’s very dangerous to misuse Adderall. While many are trying to get ahead, they may put themselves far behind. Breaking the addiction can be more difficult than most can do on their own. Going to drug rehabilitation is the best way to break the cycle. Being surrounded by a support system as well as medical staff can mean all the difference to your recovery.
Don’t get into the mindset that prescription addictions are not the same as taking illegal drugs. However, it’s important to realize that people check themselves to rehabs all over the country because of something that they started using out of a logical medical necessity.
Do you suffer from an Adderall addiction, or are you hooked on other prescription medications? Do you know someone in your family that is currently experiencing addiction?
There is a way to start a new chapter in your life without these drugs. Call us today at 1-800-123-4567.