Though Adderall abuse is common, it requires a keen eye to identify behaviors that could point to illicit Adderall use.
Here are signs and symptoms of Adderall abuse.
An Adderall addict requires high volumes to sustain the addiction. Since Adderall is a prescription medicine, an Adderall user is likely to go to various doctors to get prescriptions. The user will, in turn, visit multiple pharmacies to purchase his/her large orders without being detected.
Adderall addicts fake ADHD symptoms to receive the drug.
Adderall Abuse Related Paraphernalia
A drug addict is likely to be in possession of various items that support the addictive habit.
For an Adderall abuser uses injections, there will be syringes, heating devices or lighters that help convert the tablet into an injectable substance.
Those who snort Adderall will be in possession of straws, hollowed out-pens, or rolled up bills, mortar, and pestle, an espresso stopper or even a hammer.
There is a high possibility that the user will be in possession of many prescriptions and pill bottles.
Manipulating Adderall’s Format
Adderall is a pill that is meant to be swallowed whole. Abusers will crush the tablet to make it easier to snort or inject.
An Adderall user is likely to have insomnia. They will take longer to fall asleep and have problems remaining asleep.
Secrecy and withdrawal from Family and Friends
An individual abusing Adderall is likely to keep off family and friends. Most of their time is spent seeking for the drug, using it or recovering from its use.
During the earlier stages of abuse, the user may also work hard to keep the habit from their family and friends.
An Adderall addict will spend all their money on the drug. They will incur unexplained expenses. Students who abuse Adderall are likely to spend their book and tuition money purchasing the drug.
Display Signs of Stimulant Use Disorder
An Adderall addict will take higher doses than prescribed or use more frequently than allowed. They will also display withdrawal symptoms when the levels of Adderall in the system dip.
An abuser will continue to use Adderall even when it is causing them undesirable physical and psychological problems.
An inability to stop even when one gets into debt loses a job, loses a family, or drops out of school because of Adderall use points to Adderall addiction.
Display signs of Psychosis
Long-term Adderall abuse can lead to Adderall induced psychosis. This is characterized by anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, among others.
A perfectly reasonable person may start displaying extreme caution, become argumentative or get suspicious that someone or something is after them
Getting New Friends
An Adderall user is likely to get a new set of friends. These friends are fellow abusers who do not judge the habit. The new group of friends is likely to display similar signs as the Adderall addict.
An Adderall addict will make efforts to keep the habit a secret. Even after those close to him/her discover the addiction, the abuser is likely to resist getting help.
As a concerned person, this may warrant you to stage an intervention, with the help of a mental health expert.
Take action. The addiction may not go away without treatment.