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“But I Have a Prescription!” Doesn’t Prevent Addiction

Support Systems Homes - Bay Area, Are Smart Drug and Study Drugs AddictiveWidespread addiction to a ‘smart drug’ called Adderall is flying under the radar.

Students, coders, tech entrepreneurs and workers in all industries are taking the prescription stimulant Adderall. For some, this began as a childhood prescription for ADHD. Others obtain and take Adderall illegally, as a ‘smart drug’ or ‘performance enhancer’.

Current estimates for U.S. university students currently taking Adderall is 25-30% of students. In the movie trailer featured at the end of this article, Take Your Pills, some students say ‘everyone’ is taking Adderall.

The chemical classification for Adderall is: Amphetamine.
Main quality of amphetamines: They are very addictive.

Support Systems Homes - Functional Addict Rehab, Silicon ValleyAdderall is a combination of two stimulant drugs, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Adderall in 1960.

Amphetamines are Schedule II stimulants, which means that they have a high potential for abuse and limited medical uses.

Adderall is only available through a prescription that cannot be refilled without authorization from a physician.

When Do Prescription Drugs Become an Addiction?

We have all read the headlines about celebrities misusing prescription drugs.

Support Systems Homes - Functional Addiction Recovery, San Jose CAFor example, Elvis Presley, up until the day he died, was a poster boy for pharmaceutical drug addiction. Many individuals do not perceive an existing drug addiction – if it involves prescription drugs.

Functional Addiction‘ is becoming common in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley and other high pressure work environments.

If discussing methamphetamine addiction, most will visualize a desperate, grunged-out myth of depravity that is light years removed from the “safe” medical images of a dutiful shrink writing out a prescription for Adderall.

The fact is: Addiction can happen to anyone.

Signs of Addiction – Adderall and Amphetamines

  • Tolerance (need more to achieve the same effect)
  • Cardiovascular failure or lethal seizures
  • Severe weight loss
  • Physical deterioration
  • Severe dental problems
  • Hostility or feelings of paranoia; episodes of violence
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion; visual or auditory hallucinations
  • Delusions (ants crawling on or under skin, for example)

Smart Drugs Pathway to Addiction

In 2018 – students, coders, tech entrepreneurs and workers in all industries feel pressure to succeed. And the pressure is not only to succeed. For many, an internally enforced mandate is to be absolutely awesome at all times.

The addiction process can be gradual and insidious. If taken on a regular basis, the following ‘survival’ pattern often develops.

  1. Adderall (and amphetamines) – cause difficulty in sleeping.
  2. To enable sleep, individuals take prescription opioids.
  3. Larger doses of Adderall are then needed to achieve the same alertness levels.
  4. Larger doses of opioids are needed to relax and sleep.
  5. At this point, the individual has developed a dependency.
  6. If dependency is not halted, addiction will occur; ‘functional addiction‘.
  7. With addiction – school, careers and personal relationships will suffer; or become unsustainable.

Do I Have a Substance Abuse Problem?

Support Systems Homes - Relapse Prevention Support, San Jose CAJust making it to work every day is not an indicator of physical or emotional health.

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