Adderall Route Of Administration: How Is Adderall Abused?

People with Adderall addiction may misuse the drug in a variety of ways. The most common methods of abuse include snorting, smoking, and plugging the drug.

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Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on November 11, 2022

Adderall is the brand name for a stimulant medication commonly prescribed as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and other behavioral problems.

While typically ingested in tablet form, adults and adolescents may use Adderall in a variety of different ways to heighten its euphoric effect, especially if they have an Adderall addiction.

Common Methods Of Adderall Abuse

Due to the way in which ADHD medications such as Adderall interact with the brain receptors and the central nervous system (CNS), misuse can quickly lead to a substance use disorder.

Below are some of the most common ways Adderall is abused.

Snorting Adderall

Snorting Adderall involves crushing the pills into a fine powder, arranging the substance into lines, and snorting them through a straw.

This method of abuse is popular because it allows Adderall to be quickly absorbed into the body, heightening the stimulating effects of the drug.

Read about the dangers of snorting Adderall.

Smoking Adderall

When smoked in a pipe, Adderall is absorbed in the body within seconds. It only takes a few minutes for the brain to start releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter related to pleasure.

Smoking Adderall can quickly lead to physical and psychological addiction, as well as a host of health problems.

Learn more about the risks of smoking Adderall.

Plugging Adderall

Plugging (rectal administration) is the least common way to abuse Adderall.

This method of abuse involves inserting Adderall into the anus in an attempt to absorb the drug into the bloodstream faster.

While people who engage in plugging Adderall may feel stronger effects than someone snorting it, there is an increased chance of infection from damaged rectal tissue.

Learn about the dangers of plugging Adderall.

What Side Effects Come With An Adderall Addiction?

Prolonged prescription stimulant abuse may lead to an array of mild to severe, and potentially life-threatening side effects.

Side effects of Adderall abuse may include:

  • pediatric cardiovascular damage (when used by breastfeeding mothers)
  • erratic heart rate (arrhythmia)
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • serotonin syndrome
  • psychosis
  • glaucoma
  • weight loss
  • tics (particularly among people with Tourette’s syndrome)
  • impulsivity
  • mental health disorders
  • constipation and other gastrointestinal issues
  • dry mouth
  • contraindications among people with hyperthyroidism
  • heart problems
  • chest pain
  • loss of appetite
  • blurred vision
  • sudden death

Adderall Addiction Treatment Services

If you or a loved one are in need of substance use treatment, a rehab center can provide the evidence-based and holistic services you need to get sober.

Drug abuse treatment options for Adderall addiction may include:

  • medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • medically monitored detox
  • inpatient treatment
  • outpatient care
  • dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders
  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • support groups

The use of amphetamine drugs in higher doses than recommended may lead to addiction and severe withdrawal symptoms if left untreated.

The healthcare professionals at Bedrock Recovery Center can provide you with the behavioral health services needed for long-term recovery.

Find Substance Abuse Treatment Services At Bedrock Recovery Center

Adderall is effective in the treatment of ADHD when taken at the recommended dose under the supervision of a doctor. Prolonged misuse of Adderall can quickly lead to addiction.

Call our helpline at Bedrock Recovery Center today for more information on treatment for substance abuse. Our team of healthcare providers can help you get on the path to sobriety.

  1. National Institute of Health (NIH)
  2. National Institute of Health (NIH)
  3. National Institute of Health (NIH)
  4. National Institute of Health (NIH)
  5. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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