Adderall withdrawal, also referred to as a crash, happens as the body tries to adjust itself to function without the drug. The withdrawal period can be a difficult period for someone who is trying to quit Adderall abuse.
Depending on the quantity, frequency, and amounts that one has taken, the withdrawal can last from a few days to several weeks. Individuals who received large doses, more frequently for more extended periods will experience Adderall withdrawals longer.
The initial crash is the most unbearable. Withdrawal symptoms appear within hours after the last regular dose is missed.
The effects of ‘Adderall Immediate Release’ wear off more quickly than those of ‘Adderall XR.’ This is because ‘Adderall Immediate Release’ is more readily absorbed into the system. ‘Adderall XR’ on the contrary builds up and takes longer before it is synthesized.
What are the Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal?
- Difficulty Concentrating and Disorientation
- Mental Fogginess
- Depression which can lead to suicidal thoughts
- Increased cravings for Adderall
- Anxiety and Irritability
- Disorganized thoughts and an inability to follow through a thought process.
- Slowed speech as one tries to gather, organize and express clear ideas.
- Shakiness or tremors
How Severe is Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms?
Adderall withdrawal symptoms can be severe and complicated. The welfare of individuals with high blood pressure and heart problems can be significantly compromised leading to life-threatening complications. Adderall withdrawal symptoms in individuals with co-occurring mental disorders like depression and Adderall Induced Psychosis can cause suicide attempts or harm to others.
Adderall abuse treatment programs depend on the needs of each person. For example, individuals with specific Adderall abuse health issues like heart problems and high blood pressure require medical supervision. Those with co-occurring psychiatric disorders will need the attention of a psychiatrist.
Some patients will go through various treatment stages depending on the complications presented.
Detoxification is the process of clearing the drug from one’s system. It’s the first step towards recovery.
Detoxification can be an intense, difficult process.
Some people chose to do it cold-turkey; without medical assistance. It is advisable that this is done in a rehab center with the support of a counselor to help prevent a relapse.
Medically Assisted Detox
Medically assisted detox is the use of medication to help one manage the early stages of Adderall withdrawal.
These medications should only be used under the supervision of a medical practitioner in an inpatient or outpatient facility. Close monitoring is critical so that signs of the unsuitability of the treatment regime can be addressed early.
Supportive therapies are the pillars of withdrawal treatment. Professional support helps individuals identify resources available for coping as well as give the addicts an opportunity to process difficult emotions.
Support therapies help those dealing with withdrawals to remain intrinsically motivated and keep the hope for recovery.
They include group counseling, one-on-one counseling, and support groups available in most rehabilitation centers.
Supportive therapy may, however, be one aspect of the treatment program. For example, an individual battling depression will need to take medication while undergoing supportive therapy.
Adderall withdraws can be severe, complex, and even fatal. It is prudent that one undertakes detox under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
Seek help if you or someone you know is showing Adderall addiction symptoms.