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Medications such as Adderall and Ritalin are intended to be used only by people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but many teens and young adults misuse these drugs, obtaining them without a prescription or taking them in a manner other than the one prescribed.
One of the main ingredients in many ADHD prescription drugs is a stimulant called amphetamine. Unfortunately, amphetamine and many ADHD medications have dangerous side effects when taken without a prescription, and they can be addictive.
Teenagers abuse amphetamines more than any other age group, and their misuse often continues into the young adult years. Teens and young adults who misuse these drugs do so for several different reasons, such as:
Some of the ADHD medications that have the potential of being misused include the following:
Teens and young adults use these drugs because they make the central nervous system more active than normal, increasing alertness, sensory perception and mood. Unfortunately, when a young person takes amphetamine, ADHD medication or other stimulants without a prescription, they’re putting themselves at risk of both short- and long-term health effects.
Teens and young adults who misuse these drugs tend to simply take the pills without a prescription. Users might take large amounts of the drug, or they might crush the pills and snort the powder, resulting in an intense and nearly immediate experience of the drugs. If you suspect that your teen or young adult is misusing stimulants, here are some red flags to watch for:
When a loved one is struggling with potential addiction, it can be hard to know what to do, but there are some concrete steps you can take to get them help:
Sandstone Care can help. We provide a supportive environment where young people feel welcomed, seen and heard. If you think your child is struggling with amphetamine abuse and you’re not sure what to do, our team is standing by to answer your questions and talk you through your treatment options. Give us a call now at 888-850-1890.