If your child or loved one is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), you may be shocked to find that the very prescriptions that are designed to help them manage their symptoms can turn into a painful addiction.
The good news is that we now know much more about the addictive effects of common ADHD and ADD drugs, and there are real, effective treatment methods now available to help overcome any kind of ADHD or ADD medicine addiction.
Is Misuse and Abuse of ADHD Medications a Problem in Minnesota?
The simple answer is that the amphetamines prescribed for treating ADHD have become a widespread problem across the US. Here in Minnesota we have seen a spike in the number of cases related to misuse of ADHD medications as well.
What ADHD and ADD Drugs Are Commonly Abused?
The most commonly misused ADHD and ADD drugs are stimulants known as amphetamines and methylphenidate, or Adderall and Ritalin, as they are widely known. These drugs can be found in several different strengths that produce varying levels of spirited highs.
Warning Signs of ADHD Drug Abuse
ADD drug abuse is accompanied by a number of symptoms that become increasingly apparent with time. Most teens who misuse these drugs use them to boost their energy or stay awake for prolonged periods of time. The resultant crash and withdrawal presents itself as chronic fatigue and irritability when the drugs are not present.
It is important to note that these drugs are being widely shared among friends at schools across the U.S. and that as the addiction intensifies your child may search for new ways to take the drug including crushing the pills.
Getting Help with Prescription Stimulant Drug Abuse
If you suspect that your child or loved one is dealing with ADHD addiction, it is time to call a specialist. After years of treating patients with ADHD and substance abuse, the team at the Anthony Louis Center knows how to help transition your loved one away from prescription stimulants and learn to live with ADHD more effectively. To learn more about counseling and treatment options, contact us today and schedule your first consultation.