Treatment for addiction to Adderall or other prescription amphetamines will vary depending on how severe the addiction is, the age of the patient, and how long they have been addicted, as well as any other psychological issues or addictions.
If addiction is caught early, either because the patient self-reports increased tolerance or because parents become concerned, it can often be treated simply by lowering a patient’s dose and restricting access to medication. These kinds of early interventions are the best case scenario, but if addiction progresses to the point that severe symptoms are appearing, inpatient treatment may be required.
In these cases, there are generally two phases of treatment. The first phase is short-term care or inpatient treatment. Different facilities will offer programs of different lengths, usually between 30 and 90 days. During this time, the patient will either go “cold turkey”, or doctors may slowly lower their dose over a while.
Treatment centers generally follow a multi-disciplinary approach, with some doctors providing treatment for acute side effects, others addressing psychological needs, particularly insomnia and suicidal thoughts, and others who may address other underlying issues, such as ADHD or Parkinson’s disease, for which the amphetamine was originally prescribed.
Many treatment centers will also offer to connect patients with local 12-Step groups. Some groups even hold meetings inside treatment centers. These programs can be essential for helping a patient transition to life in the outside world.
The second phase of treatment is long-term care. After inpatient treatment, patients will be strongly encouraged to maintain contact with doctors to manage long-term withdrawal symptoms. Medication, talk therapy, and even physical therapy may be necessary to manage muscle tightness, anxiety, nausea, and depression. Other health issues like ADHD, narcolepsy, or Parkinson’s disease will still need to be treated.
Most treatment centers will encourage their patients to participate in a local 12-Step program to aid in long-term recovery. These programs can help patients make sober friends, and provide them with a non-judgmental setting in which to share the experience of their addiction and recovery. 12-Step programs also typically provide new members with a sponsor, a veteran member who can help them understand the basics of the program and give them a lifeline to call if they’re experiencing temptation.
Many patients also find that familiar locations such as a workplace or apartment can make their cravings worse. In these cases, they may be advised to move to a new neighborhood. If a patient was abusing drugs with friends, they might also need to cut ties with those people, to avoid being tempted to use.
Ongoing treatment will also involve addressing other possible triggers for abuse. These treatments may include cognitive behavioral therapy, to develop healthier responses to drug abuse triggers. Treatment may also include family counseling, to address any relationships that may be causing stress at home.
Since Adderall and other amphetamines have a higher risk of relapse than other kinds of drugs, families, and friends should continue to be alert for signs of abuse. Relapses, like the addictions that cause them, can be treated more easily the sooner they are identified.
Paying for Rehab
For many people, the costs of rehab can look unaffordable, and while many insurance providers will cover the cost of your rehab, others won’t or will charge high deductibles. Because of this, many rehab facilities offer scholarships or zero-interest loans to help as many individuals as possible. If you or a loved one needs help, financial hardship will not prevent you from getting treatment.