Signs and Symptoms of an Adderall Addiction

Is your teen or young adult son or daughter acting strangely lately? If so, it's possible they've become addicted to drugs. It's important to know the signs and symptoms of prescription drugs that are most popularly used among those under the age of 25. Below, we talk about a commonly prescribed drug that is often abused, Adderall.

Adderall Addiction |  Drug Treatment in Charlotte NC

Adderall addiction has very specific signs and symptoms, including the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Stomach pain
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Headaches
  • Dry Mouth
  • Constipation
  • Alerted sleep habits

Severe side effects for Adderall addiction and abuse include the following

  • Weakness in arms and legs
  • Swelling
  • Slow of impaired speech
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Pounding or fast heartbeat
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Blurred Vision
  • Aggressive behavior

Other medicines that are similar to Adderall and offer the same signs and symptoms when abuse and addiction is happening:

  • Concerta
  • Vyvanse
  • Ritalin

According to the DEA, Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and Amphetamine(Adderall) “produce discriminative stimulus effects similar to cocaine, will substitute for each other and for cocaine in a number of paradigms, and chronic high-dose administration of either drug in animals produces psychomotor stimulant toxicity

According to, "Abusing stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin can make you feel paranoid (feeling like someone is going to harm you even though they aren’t). It also can cause your body temperature to get dangerously high and make your heart beat too fast. This is especially likely if stimulants are taken in large doses or in ways other than swallowing a pill."

For more information about prescription drug abuse in teens and young adults, be sure to visit back with other blogs in the series below:

Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens and Young Adults

Adderall Addiction Signs and Symptoms

Regardless of how bad your teen’s drug use has become, help is always available. With combined support from family and Legacy Freedom, you are not alone in this, recovery is just around the corner. Help is a phone call or visit away. Contact Legacy Freedom to learn about drug treatment in Charlotte NC that is tailored to fit the needs of your teen so that they're able to learn how to rejoin life, drug-free.


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