Are you or a loved one struggling with adderall addiction? We’re here to provide the support and guidance you need. Residents at Timberline Knolls learn to conquer adderall addiction through evidence-based treatment methods and cutting-edge therapies.
About Adderall Addiction Treatment
Adderall is an amphetamine. It is legitimately used to treat narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The effects of this drug include a heightening of attention, energy and awareness. Additionally, Adderall has the ability to inspire people, to compel them to do something “big,” to achieve a task or goal that they would not otherwise consider. These attributes, combined with Adderall’s appetite-reducing qualities, make it an extremely attractive drug for women. Its attraction is only heightened by its legitimacy.
Many women mistakenly believe that because it is not a street drug and it is prescribed by physicians, Adderall is safe. What they don’t know is that most physicians have little to no addiction training and often prescribe medications to those at risk without appropriate education. As with most medications, Adderall “is” safe when prescribed by a knowledgeable, qualified doctor and taken as prescribed by the individual to whom the prescription was originally written. This is not the case with women who abuse this drug, like many prescription drug addictions. They frequently take it far more than is safe, even resorting to grinding up the pill and snorting it, in order to hasten the result. Some try to dissolve the medication, then inject it into their bodies. This is a terrible mistake; this drug is marketed as a non-injectable medication for a reason. People have lost digits due to lack of blood flow to their fingers.
Two distinct groups of women are particularly vulnerable to Adderall addiction: college students and mothers, specifically mothers who also work outside the home. In the last decade alone, the abuse of habit-forming Adderall among women between the ages of 20 and 44 has risen an alarming 264 percent. It is unlikely that all these women have ADHD, or suffer from another equally challenging physical condition. Instead, these women struggle with the unrealistic societal expectation consistently placed upon them to “do it all” and “be it all.”
Entering college is a time of inordinate stress and pressure for a young woman. Most college freshmen are painfully aware of the dreaded weight gain experienced by most incoming female students. The need to achieve academic success and social success is paramount. The more competitive the school environment, the more the pressure in all areas escalates. Enter a drug such as Adderall. Taking this medication allows her to be sharp and focused while studying, and to remain thin, since Adderall suppresses appetite.
Whereas college students may be profoundly concerned with appearance and achievement, those in the other most at-risk group are just trying to survive. The stress for working mothers is relentless; women strive to be attentive, nurturing mothers as well as qualified and competent employees. If married, the role of wife, and all that entails, becomes part of the equation. It comes as no surprise that stimulants are commonly abused in this population. A woman may have a child with ADHD and start by taking this legitimate medication, then claim that the bottle has been lost, necessitating a refill, or indicate that the child’s dose needs to be increased. To ensure an ongoing supply of Adderall, a woman may claim to have ADHD herself and even visit multiple doctors for additional prescriptions. Between 2002 and 2010, there was a 750 percent increase in Adderall prescriptions for women, age 26 to 39.
A woman can, and often does, remain on Adderall for an extended period of time. Not only is she addicted to the drug, but it continues to serve as the perfect tool in her superwoman tool box. This reliance is not sustainable. She will start suffering the physical, emotional and mental consequences of addiction. She will have to take more of the drug to achieve the same positive results. Obtaining the drug may grow in difficulty due to suspicious doctors. When a woman’s supply is cut off, she may turn to cocaine or methamphetamine.
Adderall Treatment at Timberline Knolls
Treatment at Timberline Knolls is comprehensive and holistic. We treat all aspects of the individual including her mind, body, soul and spirit. We adhere to the guiding principles of recovery found in the 12 step program and utilize the tools of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
At Timberline Knolls we treat all disorders and addictions concurrently. Those admitting with an addiction to Adderall often have co-occurring disorders, primarily eating disorders. A woman may enter treatment for substance addiction, but early evaluation might indicate a co-occurring diagnosis of anorexia. The Adderall was the tool she relied on to remain thin. Conversely, some residents admit with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder and are subsequently diagnosed with an addiction to a stimulant such as Adderall. Addiction to other substances such as methamphetamine is not uncommon if Adderall is not obtainable
In certain cases, trauma is a co-occurring disorder with Adderall serving as a coping tool. A woman who experienced painful trauma may take Adderall to keep her energized and active. As long as she keeps moving, as long as she remains busy, she does not have to “feel” – she can hold the pain at bay.
Regardless of what the co-occurring disorder is, our ability and expertise in treating all issues simultaneously offers huge benefits to residents. It means each woman and girl has a better chance of achieving and sustaining recovery in all areas.
Outpatient vs. Residential Treatment
Most treatment starts in an outpatient setting; however, when an addiction has lasted a prolonged amount of time and/or the individual is experiencing extreme medical or physical consequences, residential treatment, such as that offered by Timberline Knolls, is recommended. Our medical team knows exactly what residents need as they discontinue taking harmful medications. Our therapists are expert at gleaning what is behind the addiction and providing new methods of coping with the issues of life that triggered the dependency in the first place. And our team of expressive therapists lends their own brand of encouragement, support and avenue to self-revelation through art, dance and yoga therapies.
Our treatment is designed to ease each resident off of the Adderall carefully in order to reduce symptoms of withdrawal. Fortunately, due to a short half-life the drug usually leaves the system within 24 hours. In the case of a resident who genuinely suffers from ADHD, we put her on a non-addictive ADHD medication, such as Strattera, Wellbutrin, or Intuniv.
Even extrication from the “real world” has great value, especially if a woman became addicted to Adderall due to enormous societal or self-imposed demands. Remaining in that high-pressure environment while discontinuing a stimulant can be a set up to fail. Either she will return to the drug to remain a superwoman, or she could perceive herself as a complete and total failure as a mother, employee, or wife.
To learn more about adderall addiction treatment and recovery at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call one of our experienced admissions counselors today. We accept adolescent and adult women for admission seven days a week.