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overcome adderall addiction ?

Can my daughter ever recover from a very powerful adderall drug addiction ? She wants help but I am clueless. It has been an 8 year addiction already. It has been like watching her commit  suicide very slowly. Also killing the entire family not her alone !I love her so much but feel helpless and powerless ! Please give me advice ! Thanks

Posted: 03/30/2011 12:05 PM

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Hi Newbie,

Glad to see you online.  I looked up Adderall, specifically the abuse part.  Here is what it says in PubMed:

The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take the medication more often, or take it for a longer time than prescribed by your doctor. If you take too much dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, you may find that the medication no longer controls your symptoms, you may feel a need to take large amounts of the medication, and you may experience symptoms such as rash, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, irritability, hyperactivity, and unusual changes in your personality or behavior. Overusing dextroamphetamine and amphetamine may also cause sudden death or serious heart problems such as heart attack or stroke.

Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family drinks or has ever drunk large amounts of alcohol, uses or has ever used street drugs, or has overused prescription medications. Your doctor will probably not prescribe dextroamphetamine and amphetamine for you.

Do not stop taking dextroamphetamine and amphetamine without talking to your doctor, especially if you have overused the medication. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually and monitor you carefully during this time. You may develop severe depression and extreme tiredness if you suddenly stop taking dextroamphetamine and amphetamine after overusing it.

Do not sell, give away, or let anyone else take your medication. Selling or giving away dextroamphetamine and amphetamine may harm others and is against the law. Store dextroamphetamine and amphetamine in a safe place so that no one else can take it accidentally or on purpose. Keep track of how many tablets or capsules are left so you will know if any are missing.

Your doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer's patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with dextroamphetamine and amphetamine and each time you get more medication. Read the information carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. You can also visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm085729.htm) or the manufacturer's website to obtain the Medication Guide.

So, you see, a gradual withdrawal is called for.  That means, the addict needs to have a plan, needs to go to support groups like NA and needs a sponsor, besides a knowlegable doctor who is committed to her recovery as much as she it.

Yes, you feel helpless, because you are powerless over her addiction as well as her recovery. But there is hope!  Maybe you want to participate in support groups like Nar-Anon, for families and loved ones of addicts.  You came here, so that was a great beginning in understanding your daughter's addiction and the challenges ahead of her ( and you)

She has to want to make the change.  With patience and perseverance and total adherence to the doctor;s schedule, she can come clean from the prescription drug.

Please keep writing and reading here.We are all on your side.


Posted: 03/30/2011 2:51 PM

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It's not about the Adderall.

Any addict can learn to live without the use of drugs and learn a new and better way of life.

Posted: 03/30/2011 6:38 PM

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Hello and welcome!

You have done the right thing by coming here...This site is wonderful for educating folks on addiction....I think we are superb for extending understanding, and compassion.

Take care of yourself...You are correct in thinking addiction affects family life in a negative way...Therefore, keep reaching out for support...I am glad you found us, and keep us posted, we care.... 

Posted: 03/31/2011 4:03 AM

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Yes, she can recover from this addiction.  People do it everyday.  She has taken the first step already.... by realizing she has a problem and being willing to seek help.  Has she ever looked into NA?  You or she could call your local mental health office and get some guidance.  This is a great site to come for support and education from caring, understanding and non judgemental people.  Please realize there are many of us here dealing/ or have dealt with, the same issue.   I especially appreciate our addicts who are willing to give us open, honest answers based on their own experiences.  I'm glad you found us...welcome to Ask an Addict.

Posted: 03/31/2011 1:14 PM

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Perhaps her PCP can help with this. I agree with the NA idea. Wanting to stop is the first and most important step. She is there right?

Posted: 03/31/2011 5:01 PM

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