How Does Adderall Relate to Meth?

The similarities between the effects of Adderall and Meth are one of today’s most controversial subjects in the medical profession.  Some highly renowned researchers have conducted extensive studies and they show that there are certain effects of Adderall that mimic those of Meth.  Of course, this relationship isn’t uncommon with prescription drugs and street drugs.

How Are Adderall and Meth Similar?

Both of these substances give the user a sense of euphoria if abused.  They are both amphetamine based.  However, meth can contain dangerous chemicals that are not found in Adderall.  While Adderall is manufactured in a controlled environment according to strict regulations, Meth is a man-made product that falls under no governmental regulations.

Adderall (amphetamine & dextro- methamphetamine) is one of several drugs prescribed to treat ADHD.  Common Adderall side effects include:

  •   weight loss
  •   loss of appetite
  •   headache, dizziness
  •   nervousness
  •   trouble sleeping
  •   nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  •   fever

Studies show that more than 7.6 percent of high school students use Adderall without a prescription.  Also, in 2011 more than 11% (6.4 million) of children aged 4 to 17 years old were diagnosed with ADHD.  Furthermore, more than 16 million prescriptions for Adderall were written in 2012, which is triple the number written in 2008.

Side effects of Meth (amphetamine combined with other chemicals):

  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • trouble sleeping
  • severe mood swings
  • tremors or convulsions
  • hyperthermia
  • increased blood pressure
  • rapid heart rate

Researchers reveal that more than 1.2 million adults and children over 12 years old abused meth in one year.  The DEA claims that 12 million people in the United States admitted to using crystal meth or methamphetamine non-medically in the previous year.

Is Adderall Addictive?

Adderall and other stimulants such as Ritalin are proven to carry  a risk for addiction and dependence.  In fact, the risk is so high that the drugs are now classified as Schedule II drugs by the CSA (Controlled Substances Act).

Signs of Adderall abuse or addiction:

  • dry mouth
  • insomnia
  • rash
  • decreased appetite, weight loss
  • failure to gain weight appropriately
  • hyperactive behavior
  • irritability, anger, depression
  • taking more than prescribed dose

Of course, there are other signs that indicate Adderall addiction, however these are the most common.

Treatment for Adderall Addiction

If you have a friend or loved one who has developed Adderall or Meth addiction, there is help available.  The most effective form of treatment is found in an inpatient treatment facility.

An inpatient program is the best course of treatment for drug addiction because the individual must remain at the facility 24/7 for the duration of the program.  In this way, the person is protected from negative outside influences.  Without daily stress and triggers to cope with, patients are able to focus on learning the skills they need for relapse prevention.

Some of the daily options offered by an inpatient program include:

  • Group and Individual Counseling
  • Nutritional Guidance
  • Fitness and exercise activities
  • Music and art therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Life Skills Training
  • Yoga, Martial Arts, Sauna, Acupuncture
  • Aftercare Services

The above options are only a sample of the types of activities available.  Each facility offers its own options, however, these are the most commonly chosen.

It is important that you learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of Adderall and Meth abuse.  This knowledge could go a long way in helping you realize when it is time to seek help for yourself or a loved one.

If you would like more information on Adderall or Meth, please call our toll-free number today.  One of our representatives will be available to answer your questions and choose a treatment program best suited for your needs.






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