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Is Adderall Addictive?
My experience has been that it is.
Maybe you were a kid that had a hard time paying attention in class. Maybe when you started college for whatever reason you had a hard time focusing on your professor’s long and elaborate lectures. Adderall is a prescription drug that is frequently prescribed to children and adults who meet the criteria I’ve touched on thus far. Basically, this particular narcotic is probably the closest thing to meth in a pill that you’ll find, hence the name dextroamphetamine.
I can’t say that I have ever been diagnosed with ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I’ll tie this into my experience… so my cousin, probably around the age of seven, was diagnosed with ADHD. His parents put him on adderall, and looking back on his experience, he revealed to me that being on that medication was one of the most horrible and terrifying experiences in his life. He ended up getting a fever of 103 degrees and started hallucinating that he was in hell, like literally.
What he didn’t know, and what I would later find out for myself, that what happened is unfortunately a very common phenomenon called psychosis.
Is Adderall Addictive? Here’s My Experience
I had experienced the Adderall high a few times in my early 20s, usually when I was at the bar with friends and a buddy would have some so we could sober up a little bit and drive home at least semi-safely. When I was 29, I was prescribed 30mg of Adderall a day after I complained to my doctor that I was having a hard time focusing at work.
Being a person that has struggled with chemical dependency and substance abuse, once I took my first dose of Adderall, it was on. Within 3 days, I was crushing them up and snorting them. I was taking well more than the dose I was prescribed, and there was no amount of self will that seemed to be able to cut me free from my new Adderall addiction. I didn’t have to ask myself anymore, “Is Adderall addictive?” because I knew it in my bones.
I read on the internet that if you take Dextromethorphan, the ingredient that is in Robitussin, it would potentiate the effects of Adderall. When I say potentiate, I mean I was seriously more geeked out than the few times in my using days that I had tried crystal meth. It wouldn’t be long before I would start to enter into the horrific realm of psychosis, reliving the experiences that my cousin had shared with me years ago.
Adderall Isn’t Addictive for Everyone
I think that there are a lot of people, especially college students who assume that this particular drug is safe just because of how frequently prescribed the medication is. I don’t want to paint a picture that says if any person gets prescribed Adderall, then they will inevitably be screwed. There are many people unlike me who can take Adderall as prescribed. Plenty of people who take Adderall don’t even take it on a daily basis. I personally think a huge factor, like any other narcotic prescription, is that if you have an addictive personality, being prescribed this drug has a significant chance of taking you down a speeded-out rabbit hole.
Many people wrongly assume the drug is safe because it is so widely prescribed by doctors. Yes, it’s safe—if it’s your prescription, and you’re using it as intended. When you start taking more of the medication than what the doctor has prescribed, especially for anyone who has struggled with chemical dependency, the risk of developing a substance abuse problem is extremely likely to happen.
As I have said before, Adderall is an amphetamine, categorized by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning that the risk of developing an Adderall addiction problem is extremely likely.
My experience has been that taking any sort of prescription drug outside of what the doctor prescribed, or taking the medication for non-medical purposes, is playing with fire.
If you decide to take Adderall from a person or friend who you know has the prescription, also be aware that getting caught with this medication by law enforcement without a script will put a 2nd degree felony on your record-resulting in a minimum sentence of 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Hopefully this at least gives you a realistic assessment of the risks associated with taking Adderall. Be safe and make good choices!
Do you think Adderall is addictive? Share your experience in the comments—I’d love to hear it.