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adderall addictionAdderall is a drug that helps people with ADHD focus better and treats other symptoms. Adderall helps people improve their lives but the drug is also classified as a Schedule II drug due to its high potential for abuse. People think they would be able to tell when a loved one is abusing drugs but that is not always the case. Learn more about what Adderall addiction looks like and how to know if a loved one is abusing prescription drugs and needs help. 


Personality and Lifestyle Shifts

Slowly, over time, a person’s lifestyle and personality will begin to change from addiction. Students who take the drug to focus in school may struggle with addiction. Adults who take the drug to focus better at work or stay up late for work projects may be at risk for addiction. Other people may not be able to stop using the drug as tolerance builds once they have taken it to cope with some part of their life. Even though the positive results from the use of Adderall are apparent, there is also the risk of becoming addicted to the drug. Personality can change, including mood. Adderall may lead someone to experience anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Serious mental health effects like delusions and paranoia can result from excessive use of the drug. 



Watch for changes in a loved one’s behavior. Adderall is intended to help people focus better but it can also fill their life with activities to be so busy they become exhausted. Aggressive behavior may occur towards others while taking the drug. Their appetite will change and they may not care about healthy foods. Look for signs the person does ‘not seem right’ and track their behaviors to see what may be going on. 


Physical Addiction

Addiction to Adderall will take a toll on a person physically. There are some signs to look for that can be telltale ways to know they are struggling with addiction. This may include excessive weight loss, extreme fatigue, and other issues that may arise from the side effects of using the drug excessively. Some signs to look out for: 

  • Difficulty breathing
  • High blood pressure
  • Vision problems
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain


Seeking Help

Drug addiction can take over a person’s life and they may start to experience the painful reality of their choices and lifestyle. In spite of knowing they need to get help, they may continue using the drug. The brain becomes addicted and it becomes difficult to quit using it, even after treatment. Relapse is common for people in treatment, but it does not mean it has to happen as part of recovery. Think about ways to seek help that will empower a loved one to feel better about themselves and seek support in recovery. This will help them feel more able to manage their life if they can get past addiction to find hope in the journey of healing.


The Guest House Ocala supports people in recovery from all kinds of prescription medications and substances. We understand you need help for the mind, body, and spirit. Our programs and services are designed to help you thrive in recovery. Call us to find out how to get started: 1-855-483-7800