Withdrawal from Adderall

Written by Chloe Nicosia

What is Withdrawal from Adderall Like?

A formulation of different amphetamine molecules, Adderall is a medication used to treat attention deficit disorder. As a central nervous system stimulant, its primary action is to help the mind narrowly focus. When taken in large enough quantities, however, it delivers unnatural focus, great motivation to get things done, and weight loss benefits; incidentally, it also offers a powerful high. When abused for long enough, Adderall causes addiction. When you wish to stop, withdrawal from Adderall can be a serious challenge.

What does it feel like as soon as you quit Adderall?

The adverse symptoms of withdrawal from Adderall begin within hours of the last dose taken. It isn’t a good idea to quit cold turkey because there are withdrawal symptoms such as depression, paranoia and seizures involved. These symptoms can last anything from a few weeks to a few months. Sometimes, withdrawal takes even longer, depending on whether or not the patient experiences post-acute withdrawal symptoms. In general, the longer an addiction has lasted, and the greater the quantities that have been taken, the longer it takes to withdraw.

Adderall, being a stimulant, attempts to quit may be subject to a phenomenon known as delayed detox. It is a condition where withdrawal symptoms first die down after a few days of detox, but then reappear in full force after several days, weeks or months.

The timeline of Adderall detox

The specific withdrawal symptoms experienced upon quitting Adderall may differ from one person to the next. Nevertheless, a general pattern exists.

The first three days after quitting: In most cases, withdrawal symptoms begin to show up within hours of quitting. Tiredness and drowsiness are two of the most common symptoms experienced. Cravings are often experienced, as is a feeling of nervous stimulation. With the passage of time, depression and disorientation add to the withdrawal symptoms felt.

The first week after quitting: Withdrawal symptoms of Adderall often peak at three or four days. Past the point, the most difficult symptoms tend to fade somewhat. Sleepiness, poor sleep patterns and drug cravings may persist, however. Anhedonia, or an inability to feel regular everyday pleasure in the little things, tends to show up, and to become persistent.

The second week after quitting: All symptoms experienced in the first week remain; however, many people begin to experience depression, wakeful dreams, an insatiable appetite, a muscular twitchiness and irritability.

Detoxifying in rehab

While withdrawal from Adderall doesn’t come with life-threatening withdrawal as with heroin or alcohol, it isn’t a good idea to go through the process on one’s own. In most cases, the depression, cravings and unpleasant mental effects experienced tend to be too much for recovering addicts to take. Without adequate emotional support and pharmaceutical intervention to help correct the symptoms experienced, most people who reach for sobriety will quit.

To minimize the symptoms of withdrawal, all good detox programs will gradually taper doses down, rather than encourage abrupt cessation. They tend to prescribe antidepressants to help alleviate mood disorders, as well. The administration of antidepressants requires clinical expertise. Careless use often leads to a transfer of an abuse habit from Adderall to antidepressants.

Finding good Adderall treatment

Rehab treatment isn’t as closely governed by the authorities as with regular treatment. This means that often, poor quality or unscientific treatment tends to slip through. Many centers will offer a rapid detox program, for example, or will fail to follow detox through rehab therapy. When looking for treatment, doing the research necessary is key.

If you or a loved one are struggling with Adderall addiction, Better Addiction Care can help. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.