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Adderall Withdrawal

Cartoon of Withdraw symptomsWhat are some signs of Adderall withdrawal? Adderall is a stimulant, a very powerful one in fact, and if one abuses Adderall, they can become dependent to it. Once someone is dependent to a drug, their body will be so accustomed to receiving the drug regularly that, if they suddenly quit using the drug, their bodies would go into withdraw.

Withdraw is the physical reactions a person’s body has after not receiving a regular dose of something that it has grown to expect.

Do you remember the story of Pavlov’s dog? After pairing a bell with food for so long, the dog grew to expect the food once the bell was rung. When Pavlov rung the bell, the dog would salivate. This happened if food was in front of the dog or not.

Same thing with Adderall.

After a long period of use, a user’s body can grow to expect an increase in heart rate, CNS activity, and bodily functions every day because of the constant intake of stimulants. The body adjusts for this by reducing stimulation in the body. However, once the Adderall is removed, the body still has the lower level of stimulation than normal: the result is withdraw.

Signs of Adderall and other Stimulant Withdraw

  • Extreme Fatigue – Because the body is so used to the constant intake of stimulants, the natural stimulation of the body decreases. Once Adderall is removed, this lower level of stimulation is showned as extreme fatigue. Individuals might be drowse and sleepy all day for several days once they first get off of Adderall.
  • Depression – It has been noted that, once someone quits Adderall, their body’s serotonin and dopamine level would be much lower than normal. This is because Adderall causes an increase in these neurotransmitter and, because of that, the natural level of these neurotransmitters are decreased. Some rehab centers prescribe anti-depressants to patients who are quitting Adderall.
  • Cravings – There might be psychological cravings to take more Adderall. The person might miss their productivity when on Adderall or want relieve of these withdraw symptoms.
  • Irritability – Because of the withdraw and lack of dopamine and serotonin, a person would be more irritable and less happy than normal. They are also a little cranky.
  • Digestive Issues – Adderall increases the speed the digestive system works at. After a long time use of Adderall, the body’s digestive system would get used to the increase speed by decreasing its normal digestive speed. Once someone quits Adderall, they might experience stomach cramps and digestive issues because the body is digesting slower than ever.
  • Headaches – Headaches occur because the body is used to having more blood going to the brain. Once this blood pressure decreases, the veins in the brain shrink. This change in size is what is believed ot cause headaches.

How Long Does These Adderall Withdraw Symptoms Last?

Adderall withdraw symptoms can last from 2 weeks to a few months, depending on the dosage and length. This changes with every person. Some people report having cravings or symptoms 2 or 3 months after they quit Adderall. Remember, even a simple thing like caffeine has withdraw symptoms that last for months.

What can I do About Adderall Withdraw

First, you can use a gradual approach to quitting Adderall. This creates less shock on your body and, because of that, reduced withdraw symptoms. Before you do anything, tell your doctor you would want to quit Adderall. He will monitor your health during this time as well as change your prescription to a lower amount. You can get Adderall in amounts as low as 2.5mg. This is way below the maximum dosage of 40mg.

A gradual approach will slowly ease your body into normal functioning levels. It will also allow you to not be impaired for a few weeks–this is great if you have a job or school. You can read how I quit Adderall recently and the simple tricks I did to relieve my symptoms.

If you are quitting Adderall or had quit Adderall and experienced withdraw symptoms, please share your experience in the comment box below.

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Adderall Addiction

Adderall is a stimulant that is used to treat ADHD and a few other disorders. Adderall addiction can occur in anyone who abuses the drug. Before we begin any talk about Adderall addiction, we must clarify the difference between dependence versus addiction.

How is Adderall Dependence Different from Adderall Addiction?

adderall addictionAccording to the DSM, dependence is the stage that occurs before addiction. First, a user must abuse a drug,  than develop a dependency for it, and, finally, they would become addicted to it. However, not everyone who abuses a drug will become dependent, and not everyone who becomes dependent on Adderall will become addicted to Adderall. Confusing? Yes.

Dependence is when someone’s physical body requires a stimulus to operate. If the body no longer receives the stimulus, the body will give off withdraw symptoms.

Addiction is when someone mentally and physically requires a stimulus and that stimulus makes them dysfunctional, deviant and distressed. So, a person would mentally need Adderall to feel “normal” and would go to any lengths to get it, so far so that it ruins his life. He would steal from friends and family, feel terrible about his addiction, and have behaviors that are away from the norm.

Addiction is different than dependence because a dependent person can use Adderall and, instead of being dysfunctional, be highly functional. Imagine a high schooler who has trouble concentrating. He takes Adderall daily to focus and, if he stops taking Adderall, he will get withdraws and side effects. However, he has no psychological urges like an addicted person. He would also not become dysfunctional because of his habit.

Who Will Become Addicted?

From what we have learned about epigenetics, one’s genetics as well as environment has a large amount of say in whether one becomes addicted or not. About 80% of the code in DNA contains information for the nervous system. The other 20% contains information for all the other body parts.

Why is the nervous system and, in particular, neurons so heavily described in DNA? Well, it is believed that, from evolution, our evolutionary advantage was our brains. And, because of this advantage, nature has made it the most important part.

One’s DNA contains the code on how the reward circuit of their brain will be made. If someone has the code for a reward circuit that is low on inhibition, they are more likely to be wild and miscivious. A wild and miscivious person would more likely hang out with a similar group of friends–something called assorted friendships.

It is because of this that they would also try drugs together and, because of their already weak inhibition, they would also have a harder time quitting the abusive pattern. They would also have an easier time becoming addicted.

What To Do Next?

Are you thinking about what to do next? You can read our article on Adderall withdraw about the withdraw symptoms of Adderall. You can also read the Adderall Abuse article on how and why people abuse Adderall or get high from it. Or, if you have an Adderall story you would like to share, submit it in the comment box below. I hope you enjoyed this Adderall addiction article.

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Adderall High

What is an Adderall High? Adderall is a stimulant that combines four different types of amphetamine salts. Two l-amphetamines and two d-amphetamines. This is different than Ritalin, Concerta, or Vyvanse since those are not mixed salt amphetamines. The mix of l-amphetamines and d-amphetamines give both an increase in concentration as well as a decrease in distraction.

You can get high off of Adderall and, in fact, almost anyone who does not have ADHD and some people who do have ADHD can get high off of Adderall.

What an Adderall High Feels Like

Adderall is a stimulant and it can get you high like cocaine, meth, and X but, however, the high is not the same as those drugs. Adderall gives you a slight euphoria as well as increase focus and attention. You don’t feel amazing like on coke. You don’t feel orgasmic like X. And you don’t tweak like meth.

Adderall is not a good party drug by itself since it has a long come down period. During an Adderall come down, you will be very awake but you might be tired from staying up for a day or two. Imagine being on a lot of caffeine pills–yeah its like that.

Out of all the stimulants, Adderall has the worse come downs. The High doesn’t even last that long. It is like 1 or 2 hours of euphoria for 4-6 hours of so-so feelings and whatever many hours until you can fall asleep.

A person’s ability to get high on Adderall depends on a lot of factors such as weight, sex, amphetamine tolerance, and what they have eaten that day.

Warnings about Adderall Highs

Adderall is a dangerious Schedule 2 drug. Do not take it if you have heart issues, thyroid problems, or a whole list of other things. You can also experience a nasty come down from Adderall. What works well to ease that Adderall come down is to drink some orange juice as well as take some alcohol and melatonin.

The orange juice breaks down any Adderall that might still be in your stomach. The alcohol negates the stimulant because it is a depressant. And the melatonin helps you fall asleep.

Some people use Adderall as a way to party harder. A lot of college students take Adderall before a night out so they can drink more alcohol and be more social. Adderall helps with these thing but, after the night is over, they will feel a terrible hangover. This is because, not only will have they drank more, they are more dehydrated than ever.

Adderall should not be taken with other drugs. Harmful side effects can occur.

This article was about Adderal High. I hope you learned a lot from it. Do you have a cool Adderall story about someone you know? Add it to the comment box below.

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Natural Adderall Alternatives

Are you looking for an Adderall Alternative? Adderall is a stimulant that is used to treat ADHD in adults and children. However, some people do not like taking pills daily and others simply do not like taking stimulants. Because of this, there are alternatives to Adderall that has been developed.

These are not drugs but coping techniques that you can start using today to take control of your mind. The article will go discuss: eating raw greens, exercising, meditating, and organization skills. Read more…

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Vyvanse vs Adderall

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Vyvanse vs Adderall is a hard decision.

Are you considering Vyvanse vs Adderall? Both drugs are very similar since they are both amphetamines. Vyvanse side effects and Adderall side effects are very similar. However, there are slight, small differences between them as well as a large difference in price.

First off, the question of Vyvanse vs Adderall should be handled by you and your doctor. No medication is right for everyone and, because of that, I can not say which one is right for you. However, since we know the chemistry and pharmacology of each drug, we can explain basic ideas about each drug so you can know what you are getting into.

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