Our detox program helps you end this increasingly common form of substance abuse.
Adderall is a stimulant medication well-known for its role in the treatment of childhood and adult ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Unfortunately, this medication is increasingly abused by teenagers and adults, both inside and outside the context of ADHD treatment. Like many other stimulants, Adderall can trigger physical dependence and addiction when repeatedly used in inappropriate ways.
Once dependence and addiction arise, anyone seeking treatment for their condition must go through detoxification (detox), a process that begins when Adderall consumption ceases and a temporary period of withdrawal sets in. Experts widely agree that detox works best in a professionally monitored setting.
At Footprints BHC, we support the Adderall detoxification process in a residential, medically supervised treatment environment. This type of environment provides several key advantages, including round-the-clock oversight and readily available help to address both typical and uncommon symptoms of Adderall withdrawal. Our customized approach to detox allows us to treat everyone as an individual and create highly effective plans that help set you or your loved up for long-term success in substance treatment and recovery.
Adderall contains the powerful stimulant substance amphetamine, as well as a close chemical relative called dextroamphetamine. This means that the symptoms of Adderall withdrawal are essentially the same as the symptoms found in people withdrawing from amphetamine. The list of typical physical effects includes:
The list of common physical symptoms includes:
Common emotional/psychological effects of Adderall withdrawal include:
People withdrawing from Adderall also sometimes experience an extreme form of psychological distress called psychosis, which is normally associated with schizophrenia and certain other mental illnesses. Potential symptoms of this condition include hallucinations affecting one or more of the five senses, incoherent patterns of thought and/or speech, and paranoia or other delusional thoughts or beliefs. During detox, the highest psychosis risks appear in those individuals already dealing with schizophrenia, a schizophrenia-related illness or certain forms of bipolar disorder.
Even in the absence of psychosis, some individuals tend to experience more severe symptoms during Adderall withdrawal. Groups most likely to encounter greater difficulties include people who inject or snort the medication instead of consuming it orally, people who have abused Adderall for long periods of time and people who consume especially large doses of the medication. Withdrawal may also be harder for people with co-existing mental health problems.
“Adderall is among the group of legally approved drugs classified as having the highest potential for dependence or abuse.”
– Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
There is a unique factor involved with Adderall detoxification. The medication comes in two forms: a standard, controlled-release version known simply as Adderall and an extended-release product called Adderall XR. Adderall XR stays in the body for a greater amount of time than the standard form of the medication. This means that it takes a bit longer to detox from Adderall XR than from controlled-release Adderall. Still, with both forms of the medication, withdrawal symptoms typically reach their peak in several days, then start to gradually lose intensity.
However, it’s important to note that the length of the withdrawal process inevitably varies from person to person. Factors that can potentially shorten or lengthen the process include the amount of time over which Adderall abuse has occurred, the typical dose of the medication consumed by the individual and the influence of genetics and other personal considerations. In extreme cases, withdrawal may last for weeks instead of days. Risks of prolonged withdrawal are frequently highest in people who have misused Adderall XR for long periods of time.
Medically supervised detoxification is designed to maximize the chances of successful Adderall withdrawal by providing a safe, well-monitored environment for the withdrawal process. This environment includes doctors, mental health professionals, nurses and support staff who, collectively, can handle any complications and devise specific detox plans for each individual. People who have misused Adderall for short periods of time may detox successfully while only receiving general medical oversight. However, individuals with longer histories of misuse may need much more involved care that involves the use of one or more medications. In order to avoid major complications in long-term users, doctors sometimes taper off use of the medication instead of allowing withdrawal to proceed all at once.
There are no medications that can stop Adderall withdrawal from occurring. However, some medications can help ease the symptoms of withdrawal and make the detox process go more smoothly. For example, people affected by anxiety or mental agitation may receive a sedative hypnotic medication or a type of anxiety-relieving medication called an anxiolytic. Individuals going through withdrawal-related depression may temporarily receive doses of an antidepressant. Doctors can treat withdrawal-related psychosis with medications called atypical antipsychotics. In addition, doctors can provide general support for the body with hydrating intravenous (IV) fluids.
The drug detox process can take place in residential facilities or at facilities that only provide outpatient services. At Footprints BHC, all participants in our Adderall detox program receive medically supervised, individualized care in a residential setting. We rely on this residential approach because it gives us the best opportunity to monitor your progress through each phase of withdrawal and help keep your symptoms within a tolerable range. It also gives us the best possible opportunity to quickly identify any complications that could endanger your mental or physical health. Just as importantly, our residential, medically supervised approach provides us with the close monitoring needed to help you avoid a relapse back into active Adderall misuse.
Before beginning the detox process, all participants in our program receive a thorough medical evaluation. Along with additional information provided by you and your family, this evaluation gives us the perspective needed to devise a detox program that will best suit the details of your situation. This personalized approach optimizes our ability to help you complete Adderall detoxification in a safe, timely manner. For more information on the specifics of the process, you can call our in-house detox counselors at (866) 623-1526.
Adderall detoxification is an essential preliminary step on the longer journey of establishing an enduring, substance-free lifestyle. When you complete the detox process, the next indicated step in this journey is enrollment in a substance treatment program geared toward users of amphetamine-based drugs and medications. An appropriate program will provide you with the tools you need to fully establish and maintain your drug abstinence. For all participants, the most important tools include an improved understanding of the underlying reasons for getting involved in medication misuse, an improved ability to recognize and change the behaviors that act as triggers for episodes of misuse and a well-established ability to avoid inappropriate medication intake when faced with triggering events.
At Footprints BHC, we feature program options that focus on all of these vital treatment areas, as well as additional areas of importance. Depending on your needs, you can select a residential treatment option, or take part in our day treatment program or our intensive outpatient program. No matter which option is most appropriate for your circumstances, you’ll receive access to the same core treatment resources, including one-on-one therapy sessions, group therapy and therapy sessions that include close family members.