Adderall, simply put, is a drug designed to get your attention. It is prescribed mostly to people who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD or narcolepsy. The drug creates focus, and is in use in situations where high levels of concentration are required.

Adderall is comprised of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. The drug acts as a central nervous system stimulant that affects brain and nerve chemicals.

Sources state that at therapeutic doses, Adderall causes emotional and cognitive effects such as euphoria, increased wakefulness and improved cognitive control. At these doses, Adderall boosts physical effects, which in turn decreases reaction time and fatigue, while increasing muscle strength.

In contrast, much larger doses of Adderall can impair cognitive control, cause rapid muscle breakdown, or induce a psychosis (e.g., delusions and paranoia). Although the side effects of Adderall vary widely among individuals, the most common symptoms are insomnia, dry mouth, and loss of appetite.



It’s not entirely ironic that adderall, as a controlled substance no less, is abundantly found in many American high schools and college campuses.

Students use adderall to focus on tasks such as term papers, cramming for exams, as well as overall concentration.

It is not recommended that Adderall be shared amongst people, which is exactly how the drug is distributed on high school and college campuses.

For those who aren’t familiar with Adderall, or worse yet, have preexisting conditions such as an irregular heartbeat, hypertension and anxiety, Adderall can have dangerous side effects, including cardiac arrest.



The duration of Adderall depends upon the type of Adderall that’s prescribed to you.

There are two types of Adderall that doctors prescribe; standard Adderall and Adderall XR

Prescription drug experts note that after consumption, standard Adderall can last from four to six hours. Adderall XR lasts 12 hours, though it is highly recommended for a prescription this strong, that Adderall XR be taken once every 24 hours.

It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions while taking Adderall, as it does have some very addictive qualities to its nature.



Due to Adderall’s potency, it is generally not a good idea to simply go cold turkey, and stop using the drug entirely. Medical experts will rather suggest you slowly wean yourself off Adderall, as sudden stoppage can cause medical complications.

Another consideration is how and where you detox. Detoxing alone can be very dangerous. It is instead recommended that detox take place in a controlled environment, such as a rehabilitation center, with a qualified medical staff nearby in case medical complications arise.

A complete detoxification can take anywhere from a week to two or three weeks depending upon how long and how intense your usage is.



The following Adderall withdrawal symptoms can and should be avoided. Therefore, consult your doctor before ceasing what you or loved ones may feel is an addiction. Adderall withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Intense craving for more Adderall. You might be unable feel normal without it.
  • Sleep problems. Some people alternate between insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep) and sleeping too much.
  • Intense hunger
  • Anxiety and irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Unhappiness
  • Depression
  • Phobias or panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts

Like almost every drug released to the public, Adderall’s intent was never to hurt people, but instead improve their lives.

ADHD and/or an inability to stay focused, can bring many hardships to a person. On the one hand, Adderall manages to help ADHD victims focus on the work at hand. This can have many benefits, including giving students a second chance to succeed in the classroom or at their jobs.

Now, if you become addicted Adderall, be warned Adderall is a tough habit to give up. But with a good amount of work, dedication and an overriding desire to quit abusing Adderall, a substance-free life is entirely possible. All you need is to take the first step.

If you or a loved one have an addiction to Adderall, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers, we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.