The Dangers Of Smoking Adderall
Smoking Adderall can have negative consequences on health and increase the risk for fatal overdose. Smoking Adderall can also lead to addiction, which may require treatment within an inpatient drug rehab program.
Adderall is a prescription stimulant that comes in the form of a tablet or capsule. It is typically taken by mouth as prescribed for symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy.
Taking Adderall in any way other than prescribed may be considered misuse. This can include smoking, snorting, or injecting the drug. As a schedule II drug, Adderall has a high potential for abuse among people with or without a prescription. People may also abuse Adderall by taking it orally more often or in higher doses than prescribed.
Smoking Adderall, or taking it any way other than prescribed, may lead to dangerous side effects. Smoking amphetamine can cause increased side effects and increase risk for overdose. Misuse of drugs like Adderall can also lead to addiction, which may require treatment.
Can You Smoke Adderall?
Yes. Although it is more common to snort Adderall or take it by mouth, some may also smoke amphetamine. Smoking Adderall causes the drug to reach the brain much faster than when taken by mouth, resulting in quicker and more intense effects.
This can be dangerous, as some people who smoke the drug may not realize how much of it they are ingesting. Taking too much Adderall within a short window of time can lead to overdose. This can lead to heart complications, seizures, and other life-threatening consequences.
What Happens When You Smoke Adderall?
Taking Adderall by any means other than prescribed can be dangerous. Adderall contains certain chemicals that, when smoked, can cause damage to the respiratory system. It may cause inflammation of the lungs and increase the risk for lung disease.
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Some people who smoke Adderall may also mix it with other drugs like marijuana or the stimulant, Vyvanse. Smoking a combination of these drugs can have toxic effects on the brain and body. Mixing stimulants and depressants (e.g. marijuana) can lead to dangerous increases in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as other long-term health consequences.
Smoking Adderall also carries a high risk for overdose and addiction, which can pose short and long-term health risks.
Taking Adderall by means other than prescribed (e.g. smoking) can impact the intensity of its effects and how quickly they occur. Swallowing Adderall by mouth allows for a gradual release and digestion of the drug. Smoking it allows the drug to bypass its usual route through the gastrointestinal system, where it may immediately reach the brain.
This rapid release of the drug into your system can increase your risk of overdose. Overdosing on Adderall can lead to dangerous and potentially life-threatening symptoms, including stroke and heart attack.
Signs of Adderall overdose can include:
- fast breathing
- feelings of panic
- uncontrollable shaking of parts of the body
- high blood pressure
- muscle weakness
- dark-red urine
- blurred vision
- loss of consciousness
Addiction And Withdrawal
The rapid effects of smoking Adderall can also lead to faster dependence. Adderall dependence typically occurs through chronic use, but can happen quicker with high doses. Through regular Adderall abuse, brain chemicals affected by Adderall learn to adapt to the drug’s presence in the body. This can lead to drug cravings once the effects of the drug have begun to wear off.
People who abuse and become addicted to Adderall may often take it for its euphoric effects, its ability to increase concentration, or impact on impact. Addiction is a serious problem that can be difficult to overcome alone. How long a person has been smoking Adderall, and dosage amount, can be contributing factors to addiction severity.
They can also factor into the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, which may begin after the effects of the drug have worn off. Stimulant withdrawal can cause both physical and psychological distress, including symptoms of depression, fatigue, and sleeping problems.
Long-Term Effects Of Smoking Adderall
In addition to dependence and addiction, there are several other ways chronic Adderall abuse can negatively impact physical and mental health. Changes in brain chemistry due to chronic abuse can cause unstable moods and may worsen symptoms of co-occurring mental disorders.
Stimulant abuse has also been linked to symptoms of psychosis, including extreme paranoia and hallucinations. This can cause someone to see or hear things that are not really there, as well as delusional thinking. These symptoms can also be signs of overdose.
Serious damage to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems can also occur as a result of chronic Adderall abuse. This damage may lead to chronic health conditions, including:
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- tachycardia (irregular heartbeat)
- heart disease
- weakened heart muscle
Long-term abuse of Adderall can have a severe negative impact on your well-being and quality of life. It can impact your relationships, ability to work, and make you feel hopeless about the future. Addiction can be difficult to overcome alone, but recovery can be possible with treatment.
How Do You Treat An Adderall Abuse?
Addiction is a complex disease that requires more than a simple solution. Treatment for Adderall addiction often requires a multi-step process, personalized to meet the needs of each person. Depending on the severity of the addiction, treatment within an inpatient rehab program may be recommended.
The first step in treating Adderall dependence is to detox from the drug. This involves removing the drug from your system, and may cause moderate to intense withdrawal symptoms. The most effective way to detox from Adderall is to enter medically-supervised detox. Medical detox provides a safe place for you to undergo withdrawal and remove the drug from your system.
People who are addicted to Adderall may have different needs for treatment based on the severity of their addiction. Inpatient programs for drug abuse can be effective in helping patients fully overcome the physical and mental aspects of their addiction. Individual behavioral therapy and group therapy can often be effective for stimulant addiction, providing opportunity for patients to identify their triggers and learn valuable skills for relapse prevention.
To learn more about treatment options for Adderall abuse, contact one of our specialists today.Article Sources
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