For decades now the medical field has attempted to help ease young and old alike that suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). A lot of people get helped by this medication and others like it; Ritalin, Vyvanse, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Methylin, Focalin, Metadate, Concerta, Quillivant, and Daytrana patch are all stimulants. These stimulants affect monoamines, key neurotransmitters in the brain including dopamine and norepinephrine by enhancing and increasing the effects of these chemicals. Note, not all users abuse this prescription, and not all people who are taking these drugs are prescribed them. In the US prescription drug abuse is a problem, a serious one. Also, especially around college age individuals stimulants are abused to help them study for exams. You might hear your loved one say they need help focusing, and that’s how they justify their use. But using Adderall or other stimulants when not for medically appropriate use, will cause a feeling of euphoria. Stimulants are addictive, and are very similar to the effects on the brain and body as methamphetamine. It’s no wonder why half of the list I gave are called amphetamines, and the other half are referred to as methylphenidate. Strattera is a nonstimulant option for treating ADD or ADHD.
How Will I know if My Child is Using Adderall?
People effected by drug addiction are very skilled at deflecting, and being in denial about the gravity of their situation. They really might need to stay up all night to cram for the exam the next morning, but there are students who are cramming without using Adderall and chemically enhancing their minds. Using Adderall and abusing prescriptions is a dangerous two-step to dance, it can set in motion an unraveling unstoppable cycle. Soon the things you’ll see are the never ending dark circles under the eyes, the lack of appetite, the hyper focus on anything they are doing, and constant mouth moving. Then like with any addiction the progression of the illness will set in and financial, relationship, and physical aspects of their life will begin to become troubled. To learn more about whether your child is using Adderall or other drugs, read this article about signs of addiction.
Communication versus Confrontation
The sometimes heavy use of alcohol on college campus’ and the party scene may have you already concerned. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your loved one, confrontation can cause walls being built. Letting your loved one know you love them, and having a calm conversation can be beneficial. Remember, if they are in the grips of this disease, the likelihood of them openly admitting what’s going on is slim. It will, however, allow you to assess the situation and know the direction you will need to take. In a situation where your loved one is in major denial and not receptive to help getting a professional interventionist involved is key.
Getting Help for Your Loved One
Early intervention in young adults and adolescents is key in helping this battle against this fatal illness which is a continuing epidemic in our society.