Adderall withdrawal runs through several stages. Hours after using adderall, the user undergoes a “crash,” which begins with a rapid in concentration, mood, fatigue, and intense craving for adderall.
This craving usually subsides within a few hours, followed by increased fatigue and need for sleep.
At this point, some people who are not in treatment often use alcohol, antianxiety drugs, sedatives, opiates, or marijuana—just to get some sleep.
In treatment, these symptoms can be managed with electro-chemically balanced nutrition, certain natural supplements, exercise, and the occasional use of nonaddicting, mildly sedating medications, such as sedating mood-stabilizing antidepressants.
After the Crash
Once the adderall user gets past the acute fatigue and need for sleep, most of the “crash” symptoms disappear.
Some people experience side effects severe enough to require a trip to a hospital’s emergency room.
The reasons given for these hospital visits include “my heart was racing,” and “I thought I was going to die.”
Longer Term Effects of Adderall
A pronounced mental problem in adderall withdrawal is anhedonia—an inability to feel pleasure or enjoyment.
Adderall experts say that the most common complaint of chronic adderall users is boredom, because they don’t know the word anhedonia. This state can be described as an empty subjective existence, and during anhedonia the adderall user may feel the pull toward adderall-induced euphoria most strongly. This is a major danger period during which many adderall users return to the old cycle: high-crash-anhedonia-craving-use-high, and so on.
But during treatment, with abstinence and with medical and psychological support, the anhedonia disappears—usually within two to ten weeks. Quality treatment programs also have the great advantage of protecting the adderall user against “cues” or reminders of past euphoria that make return to adderall so tempting during the period of boredom.
Even after the worst is over, there can be moments of intense adderall craving.
Adderall users seem to have remarkably poor memories of the bad effects of their habit—physical, emotional, and social—and remarkably strong memories of the “highs.” The bad memories, which make returning to adderall less appealing, do seem to return after the craving period is over. Part of the treatment is helping you learn to survive the craving and reinforce the reasons you needed to quit.
Compared to cravings for other chemicals, craving for adderall seems more strongly linked to such influences as your mood, scenes, particular people or events, times of the year, problems with other people, or various objects associated with adderall use. For the majority of users, these associations are not glamorous: driving past an old nightspot, bumping into the neighborhood dealer, even watching an actor use adderall in a movie can trigger powerful craving.
For this reason, therapy for adderall dependence deals intensely with techniques to reduce the power of these triggering factors.
Most importantly, the adderall abuser has entered the gates of recovery.
And the truth about recovery is this: there are millions of people in the world who have been alcohol and drug dependent, who now live full and satisfying lives without wanting drugs or drink, without for one moment wishing they could go back to it, without for one moment feeling sorry for themselves because they’re “not like other people” when it comes to chemicals.
This includes a lot of people who had hit bottom so deeply that no one could imagine they could ever get up.
It can include you.
And this is the truth: it will take time-and work.
There will be moments when it may not seem worth it.
There will be pain.
But there was so much more pain when you were dependent, when even drugs or alcohol didn’t seem worth it, either—but at that time there wasn’t anything you could see that was better.
And if you did glimpse it, you didn’t know how to get there.
You can soon see that recovery is not just better, it’s living.
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