Adderall is a stimulant medication that is used to treat ADD and ADHD. The buzz that this medication can give often resembles speed, although for people who suffer from ADHD the effect of the medication seems to be the reverse: It slows down the hyperactivity. For people without the condition, however, taking Adderall very much resembles something more like methamphetamine or cocaine use.
Given that, anyone who is abusing this medication, regardless of their medical diagnosis, should be carefully monitored in terms of their potential for street drugs. In other words, of the people (and especially teens) who have abused Adderall, a much greater percentage of these teens will go on to abuse street drugs at some point in the future. Adderall abuse has a very strong correlation with future street drug use and addiction in general.
That said, anyone who is abusing this medication should strongly consider getting professional help for it sooner rather than later. Unfortunately this is often not a decision that is made consciously, rather, the person must go through the chaos and misery of addiction until they reach a point of total and complete surrender. In other words, people generally do not stop abusing Adderall just because someone gives them a stern warning. Instead, the person has to develop a full blown addiction and eventually face major consequences in their life, hit bottom, and finally surrender to the fact that maybe, just maybe, they are truly a drug addict. This is not a revelation that comes easily to anyone. Such is denial.
Instead, it is much more likely that the Adderall abuser will go on to experiment with marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, and possibly a whole host of other addictive substances before they finally realize the depth of their addiction. In that sense, Adderall can most definitely be a gateway drug.
So what can you do if you find yourself hooked on this substance? If you have reached the point of surrender, where you realize that your life is out of control and your unhappiness is a direct result of your addiction, then you are ready to take action.
How does one break free from an addictive drug such as Adderall? By what process can a person turn their life around?
The first suggestion is that you call a treatment center and check into inpatient rehab. There are other paths to recovery but I would strongly recommend inpatient treatment if you are really serious about changing your life. And the truth is, if you are not yet serious about changing your life and getting clean for good, then nothing that you do at this point is going to have any kind of lasting impact.
The truth is that recovery from addiction is a pass/fail proposition. Meaning that you don’t just “sort of” recover from a chemical addiction such as to a stimulant like Adderall. Either you dive head first into recovery and embrace everything about it, or you eventually fail at recovery and go back to abusing chemicals.
Real drug addicts have only two speeds in life: Full blown addiction, or full blown recovery. The illusion is that there is a path in the middle of these two extremes. Denial tells us that we can find a middle ground in between full blown addiction and absolute and total abstinence. But there is no middle ground, the very definition of addiction and sobriety excludes this middle ground.
So the addict is a person of extremes, and in order to be successful in addiction recovery, the person must go “all in” when it comes to the recovery process. If they are holding back or if they have reservations about getting clean then this will likely lead them to relapse eventually.
Total and complete surrender is necessary in order to get clean and sober. The only way that an addict can turn their life around is to arrest the disease of addiction, start making positive choices, and then take consistent action on a daily basis.
This is one reason that going to inpatient treatment can be so helpful–you generally need a way to disrupt your pattern of abuse such that you take away your own option to get high. Going to an inpatient treatment center puts you into a controlled environment where there is virtually no threat of relapse. While you are in treatment you can establish a foundation of being clean and sober, so that when you eventually leave treatment you have a chance at remaining clean.
Of course when you get out of inpatient treatment the real challenge begins, and that is because you will need to basically dedicate your life to recovery. So all of the recommendations for aftercare that you get while in treatment are going to be absolutely critical in terms of achieving long term sobriety. The number one problem of people who leave inpatient rehab is that they fail to follow through with their aftercare recommendations. This almost always leads a person to relapse.
So the solution for any and every recovering addict is the same: Put more effort into your recovery than you ever put into getting and using your drug of choice. It is as simple as that. If you try harder at recovery than you did in your addiction then you are going to be successful. On the other hand, if you believe that you are smarter than average or that you are special and the rules therefore do not apply to you, then you are going to be in a for a very rough journey in early recovery.
The key is to surrender totally and completely to the fact that you cannot overcome your chemical dependency by yourself. Every true addict needs help in order to overcome their addiction, and in indeed, this is what really defines addiction the first place. In other words, if you don’t need help to quit, then you’re not really an addict. So do not be ashamed that you need help in order to stop, do not belittle yourself because you feel as if you are weak. Instead, simply admit that you need to help, both to yourself and to others, and then get on the phone and start calling treatment centers.
Getting into an inpatient treatment center is going to be a process, but it is a process that is well worth pursuing. After you go through inpatient treatment you can reset your life and get started on living in a more positive manner. At this point, everything tends to just keep getting better and better so long as you continue to take positive action.