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Adderall Abuse and Your Teen: Archstone Recovery Can Help

In the past two decades, diagnoses of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) have skyrocketed as people have become more aware of these disorders and their symptoms. Drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall have become widely prescribed and have helped millions of children, teens, and adults manage their behavior and lives. Unfortunately, these drugs also have a high potential for abuse. Adderall is now one of the most widely abused prescription drugs among teens and college students.

Adderall is a stimulant, a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. If “amphetamine” sounds familiar, that’s because it’s common to many stimulants—think of speed, or meth—short for methamphetamine. In fact, when it is abused, the effects of Adderall are similar to the effects of methamphetamine, including sleeplessness, paranoia, overexcitement, and anxiety. Taking pills orally as prescribed limits the dose, but many teens crush up the pills and snort them to get all of the effect at once. This can be both dangerous and addictive—in fact, Adderall addiction has many similarities with meth addiction. Patients who become addicted can experience withdrawal symptoms and are in danger of overdosing, which can be fatal.

If your teen is addicted to Adderall, it’s important for him or her to get professional help as soon as possible. Recovery from teen Adderall addiction is best accomplished in a secure, serene location away from peer pressure. Archstone Recovery of the Palm Beaches, located in lovely coastal Lantana, Florida, offers an ideal atmosphere for teens to stay away from the drug, go through withdrawal symptoms with proper supervision and treatment, and learn how to combat their addiction, get clean, and stay clean. Using scientifically proven treatment modalities and a time-tested twelve-step approach, Archstone Recovery will give your teen the tools he or she needs for real, lasting drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Where ever you live, whether it’s North Carolina, South Carolina or any of the New England states, Archstone Recovery can help you with your addiction and get you closer to recovery. Call us today.

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