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Adderall Withdrawal and Detoxification

Adderall Withdrawal and Detoxification

The person who starts taking the increased amounts of Adderall over prolonged time duration eventually becomes dependent on this drug. Once the tolerance is developed, same dose of the drug can no longer yield the same effects. The addict tends to keep increasing the dose to attain desired effects. This makes his mind and body highly dependent on the drug. An absence of drug may result in the occurrence of certain withdrawal symptoms. The treatment process comprises of general and specific treatment procedures. The general involves the lifestyle changes while the specific is the ‘detoxification’ processes in the rehabilitation centers.

Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Intense craving for the drug
  • Sleep problems, either insomnia or excessive sleepiness
  • Intense hunger
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle twitching
  • Muscle ache
  • Generalized body pains

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

The most prominent symptoms are the depression and anxiety. These psychological symptoms are very difficult to bear and the patient tries to resume the drug use in order to get rid of them. The intense anxiety may further lead into the suicidal ideation and violent behaviors.

What are rebound symptoms?

Adderall is a stimulant drug that can cause rebound effect. The rebound effect/rebound symptoms mean that the signs and symptoms of a pre-existing disease or psychological disorder or the symptoms of the disease that was cured by using the drug appear with more intensity after the drug usage has been stopped. The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can become worse and Narcolepsy will acquire a more severe form. If a person has been using this stimulant drug in the morning, the rebound phenomenon will be greater in the evenings. It is not just an unpleasant experience but it can be quite tragic too if the person has been on regular doses. Anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, impatience, and irritability are some of the rebound symptoms associated with Adderall.

Timeline for Adderall Withdrawal:

Adderall is a very potent stimulating drug with a short half-life so the withdrawal symptoms can develop very quickly after the last dose. The withdrawal symptoms usually develop within few hours and usually get vanished by the few weeks’ time.

  • First 6 to 36 hours: The symptoms of withdrawal appear within the 6 hours of last drug use. This phase is marked by fatigue and depression.
  • Day 3rdto 5th: This is usually the period of intense withdrawal symptoms. The patient suffers from irritability, fatigue, headache, nightmares, and depression. This is the most difficult period to cope with due to the severe and frequent withdrawal symptoms.
  • Day 5thto 7th:  After the 5th day, the symptoms begin to reduce in intensity and gradually fade away. The person feels moody and irritable. The anxiety and milder depression also continue during this period. The severity of withdrawal symptoms is far less during this withdrawal period.
  • Week 3rdto 4th: Most of the withdrawal symptoms disappear by 1st or 2nd However, some patients may experience some symptoms till the end of the first month after stopping the drug. Usually, anxiety and depression are experienced at this stage. This mostly happens to a person who has been abusing the drug for longer than one year and has developed high tolerance for it.

Treatments Used to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms:

There are a number of methods that can be adopted to reduce the Adderall cravings. These symptoms are sometimes so unpleasant and painful that the addict resumes back his drug habits. Some of the methods to lessen these symptoms include:

  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated can help with withdrawal symptoms. This is important to curtail the effects of dehydration occurred due to vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Medications: There are many medicines that can be taken to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. Over the counter pain-killers, anti-diarrheal and anti-emetics can be taken.

Some lifestyle changes that have proven very beneficial include:

  • Exercise:A daily exercise of 15-20 minutes can negate the unpleasant feelings and physical symptoms. A regular schedule of exercise can guarantee many favorable effects on the body.
  • Meditation: The meditation is important for the psychological health. It reduces anxiety and depression. It enhances the feelings of calmness and relaxation.

Detoxification Process:

Adderall addiction is very difficult to get rid of without availing a proper treatment plan. A treatment process requires regular monitoring in order to detoxify the body without relapsing. There are a number of detoxification and rehabilitation centers that offer a supervised and medically assisted treatment program. Even though detoxification is a natural process carried out by the body, it is not recommended to go through it at home due to severe withdrawal symptoms associated with it. psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies may cause the patient to kill himself.