Snorting Adderall: Risks, Signs, and Treatment Options
Adderall (generic name: amphetamine) is a popular “upper” drug or stimulant that’s related to a more popular upper (and illicit) drug known as meth (generic name: methamphetamine). They’re cousins in that they belong to the same class of drug known as amphetamines.
To be more specific, Adderall is a prescription drug that contains a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine or 4 salts of amphetamine. It’s used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
It’s an upper or stimulant because it makes you feel more awake, alive, and excited. Like coffee on steroids. In contrast, meth is a fellow stimulant. However, it’s an illicit drug that also comes in crystal meth form and is also known as chalk or ice.
Meth works by releasing high amounts of dopamine into your body. It’s the same deal with Adderall.
Risks, Signs, and Treatment Options of Snorting Adderall
It should be obvious that snorting meth’s cousin Adderall in order to achieve meth-like dopamine floods is a no-no. However, let’s establish exactly why this is a bad idea in chart form.
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Why Is Snorting Adderall Bad?
Snorting any prescription drug like it is cocaine is bad because it doubles, triples, or quadruples the effect when snorted as opposed to swallowed in pill form. This is because the pill has to go to the digestive system first, with much of its potency robbed throughout.
This prescription stimulant drug for ADHD is also known as the “study drug”. It’s like a Red Bull with an extra “kick” to it, for lack of a better term. It enhances your wakefulness and attention or concentration as an upper. It’s also known as a “crash diet drug”.
This is because it contains appetite suppression features. It can also be considered a “party drug” because of its meth-like ability to heighten your excitement, energy, and euphoria.
Signs, Risks, and Signals of Adderall Abuse and Addiction
According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 1.5 million people in America from ages 12 and above abused prescription stimulants like Adderall at the time of or in the month leading up to when the survey was conducted.
Adderall abuse or addiction is associated with the following.
Decline in physical appearance.
Drop in grades or trouble at work.
Possessing cutting, or drug-crushing, tools.
Significant weight loss and change in appetite levels.
Possible run-ins with law enforcement or legal troubles.
Going through prescriptions for Adderall faster than necessary.
Potential financial strain due to spending all your money on Adderall.
Unreliability and an inability to consistently keep up with obligations.
Evidence of powder on clothes, the face, or around the nose and mouth.
Increased risky behaviors and drug use despite negative consequences.
Social isolation or withdrawal and trouble with interpersonal relationships.
Lack of interest or involvement in things not involving Adderall consumption.
Prescription bottles in belongings or trash even if there is no medical need for the drugs.
Snorting paraphernalia, such as razor blades, mirrors, straws, rolled-up dollar bills, and pen cases.
Unpredictable mood swings, from euphoric, focused, and energetic to depressed, violent, and anxious.
Drastic changes in sleeping habits, swinging from being awake for long periods of time to then “crashing” for hours or more.
Seeking out a prescription when it isn’t needed by manufacturing symptoms or “doctor shopping” (asking multiple doctors for the same prescription).
Adderall, when used as prescribed, can benefit ADHD patients and narcoleptic individuals. However, when used recreationally or snorted for a more direct high, it can lead to some dangerous effects and complications.
Adderall abuse can potentially cause the abuser to have a fatal overdose or a hard-to-shake-off addiction that can lead to similarly life-threatening medical complications the more he abuses the drug.
The Primary Effects of Adderall Usage
Adderall has similar effects to its illegal counterpart, meth. It’s the closest thing that consumers have to prescription meth, barring actual prescription meth used to medically deal with meth addiction like Methedrine and Desoxyn.
- Elevated Chemical Levels: Snorting Adderall can increase your brain’s chemical levels. You could end up flooding your brain with dopamine, epinephrine (adrenalin), and norepinephrine. These chemicals are responsible for making you feel good or experience pleasure.
- Fight or Flight Response: According to the Columbia Science Review, these brain messengers also prepare your body for anything that it might encounter by activating its “flight-or-flight” response through increased focus and alertness.
- Normalizing Usage: Although these effects are generally desirable, if you’re snorting Adderall your brain could end up mistaking taking the drug as a worthwhile or necessary behavior when it’s anything but.
The Side Effects of Adderall Usage
What’s notable about the side effects is that they’re similar to those found in meth intake, which in turn includes increased risk for Adderall or amphetamine addiction.
The central nervous system stimulant is also dangerous because even if you take it as prescribed by the doctor, it still comes with various side effects that vary from person to person.
Adderall’s negative short-term side effects are the following.
Unhealthy weight loss
Feelings of restlessness
Potentially dangerous cardiac issues
As for the long-term side effects of Adderall, here they are.
Potential Dangers of and Complications from Snorting Adderall
Aside from the risk of unintentional overdose and addiction due to accidental dose increases, prolonged usage, or susceptibility to drug dependence, there are many other hazards linked to Adderall snorting.
You could end up suffering from the following conditions.
- Lung damage
- Respiratory infections
- Damage to nasal and sinus cavity
Other side effects of Adderall abuse may include the following.
- Dry mouth
- Stomach pain
- Racing heart rate
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Panic attacks or paranoia
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Chest pain
- Numbness in extremities
- Hallucinations or delirium
- Increased aggression and hostility
- Blurred vision
- Fast breathing
- Itching or rash
- Changes in sex drive or sexual dysfunction
- Potential damage to brain functions involving learning and memory
How You Can Potentially Abuse Adderall?
As mentioned on the topic of this article, the most surefire way for you to abuse Adderall is by snorting it in powdered form like lines of coke on glass. You could also use it by injection or chewing the tablets in order to get a stronger, more potent “high”.
The prescription given by doctors to ADHD or narcolepsy patients vary in accordance to the severity of their condition, with considerations regarding the risk for side effects, allergies, and (of course) addiction.
However, as mentioned above, even using the drug as prescribed for a long period of time can also lead to addiction.
Therefore, users should tread Adderall usage carefully. Another obvious danger is developing meth-grade addiction to Adderall that can escalate to outright usage of its cousin drug meth.
There’s also concern regarding Adderall being used for well-intentioned purposes like studying, only for it to throw your life into a downward spiral like crystal meth.
How Can You Tell If You’re Addicted to Adderall?
Like meth, Adderall affects your behavior and impulse control as you grow more dependent on it to feel “better” or “normal”. This is especially true if you were to snort or inject the drug into your system rather than simply ingesting it in pill form.
It induces both psychological and physical addiction. Your mind and body will crave the highs it brings, leading you to chase the high. The more you take the drug, the more you normalize the state of being high as a need instead of an unnecessary desire.
You could end up building a tolerance to Adderall, thus nullifying its effects at its initial doses. This should then lead you to increase its dosage to chase the original effects to the point of dependence, addiction, and drug-seeking behavior.
Also, if you attempt to stop using because you’ve become aware of the health risks of Adderall’s side effects, you could end up with withdrawal symptoms and psychological issues linked to Adderall dependence.
Studies Involving Adderall
According to a University of Kentucky study as reported by CNN, 30 percent of the university’s student body abuse Adderall and other ADHD medication at some point of their lives. This serves as a part of the bigger picture for American college campuses.
The appeal of taking or snorting Adderall is obviously its wider accessibility to ADHD sufferers compared to its cousin, methamphetamine. It’s available in extended-release (ER) and immediate-release (IR) formulas.
The issue with snorting any formula of Adderall is that it acts like an immediate-release formula when snorted due to how direct the act is at giving you a dose of the meth-like drug.
FDA’s Issued Warnings on Adderall
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the form of issued warnings, the prescription drug has many possibly dangerous side effects, such as the potential for overdose that could be fatal when the medication isn’t taken as recommended.
Non-prescribed dosage of Adderall includes snorting or taking more of the drug than indicated in your ADHD treatment prescription. It also includes recreational or party usage and compensating for missed doses with an extra dose.
Even if you don’t intend to overdose with the drug, if you’re not careful you could end up addicted to a close cousin of methamphetamine.
What’s More Dangerous? Adderall or Meth?
Methamphetamine and the Adderall amphetamine mix both belong to the family or class of drugs known as amphetamines. Therefore, they’re both capable of delivering to you negative side effects that are as potent as its primary benefits of euphoria and alertness.
Obviously, meth is the more potent of the two, especially if you were to get your hands on crystal meth, chalk, or ice. The level of addiction achievable from meth is life-ruining, where the only thing of importance to your addicted body is impulse for the next high.
Meanwhile, when abusing Adderall, you end up boosting alertness and energy on top of creating euphoric feelings. The main risks of Adderall abuse include the potential for it to become the gateway to worse addictions.
What Makes Adderall Addiction Extra Dangerous?
Most people are unaware of how dangerous Adderall addiction is because it’s barely covered (or “sensationalized”) by news outlets and even rehab services compared to the dangers of crystal meth addiction.
The problem with Adderall addiction is its accessibility as long as you have a prescription and the ease of a patient potentially abusing it in his own time once he has his hands on it. The lack of negative attention shouldn’t lull you into a false sense of security.
Addiction Risk is High: First off, Adderall addiction can develop even if you follow the prescription to the letter, especially in cases of prolonged usage. Consult your doctor in regards to getting other ADHD or narcolepsy medication in light of your fears of addiction.
Controlled Doses: Secondly, the main thing that’s keeping it from being as toxic or potent as street meth is its controlled dosages and pharmaceutical manufacturing. You can bypass such control by simply snorting the ground powder form of the drug.
Drug Abuse by Peer Pressure: People, particularly young people suffering from peer pressure, might give in to the temptation of snorting or abusing their ADHD or narcolepsy prescription in order to fit in with a clique of drug users.
Use in Studying: Addiction can also develop from those with the best of intentions, like studious students who’ve replaced their Red Bull and coffee drinks with Adderall pills instead in order to give them the boost they need to finish their projects or thesis.
The Treatment Options of Adderall (and Meth) Addiction
The best way to win the addiction game is to never play it. Abstinence is key. If you are prescribed to take Adderall, you should follow the prescription to the letter to avoid becoming addicted to it like some people end up getting addicted to painkillers.
- Luxury Rehab: If you couldn’t help but get ensnared into the Adderall or crystal meth addiction trap, it is high-time you abandoned your attempts at getting high times and avail of secluded, discreet rehab at facilities like Miracles Asia.
- Seclusion and Discretion: Overseas patients availing of Thai-based luxury rehab treatment benefit from government-regulated quality healthcare enjoyed by all locally and internationally with its international clientele. Moreover, it boasts of a 98 percent program completion rate among its patients.
- Multiple Treatment Options: You can choose between Dual Diagnosis, luxury inpatient or 12-step outpatient rehab treatment, individualized treatment, therapist-based or group-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindful meditation, detox, medical rehab, and/or esoteric treatments like acupuncture and painting.
The treatment options of Adderall addiction are numerous but the road to recovery and sobriety is fraught with peril and multiple pitfalls.
In a Nutshell
Both meth and Adderall belong to the class of drugs known as amphetamines. Thus, they share similar chemical structures when all is said and done. In other words, both of them are uppers or stimulants capable of giving you the highest of highs as well as a host of dire side effects and complications.
They mainly increase your dopamine levels and levels of alertness like coffee on steroids. However, they also come with a high addiction risk you won’t see from drinking loads of coffee. They also increase your risk in developing certain conditions after prolonged addicted use.
On that note, don’t ever snort either drug. Limit your use of Adderall for ADHD or narcolepsy treatment and be aware of how as highly addictive a drug it is as painkillers, meth, or coke.
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When it comes to prescription Adderall or illicit drug meth addiction, they also offer quality detox, medical rehab facilities, and therapies galore with Dual Diagnosis treatment of even co-occurring conditions like anxiety and depression.
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