Adderall Withdrawal: What To Look Out For

People who abruptly stop using Adderall may experience a range of withdrawal symptoms, some of them potentially dangerous. Treatment options for Adderall abuse may include detox, medication-assisted treatment, and more.

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Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on November 11, 2022

Adderall is a prescription stimulant that, when ingested, affects the central nervous system and may increase mental acuity and concentration levels.

While doctors typically prescribe Adderall for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, it’s becoming increasingly popular as a recreational drug among college students.

People who have developed an Adderall addiction may experience a range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using the drug.

How Long Does Adderall Withdrawal Last?

Withdrawal symptoms from Adderall addiction will usually begin a few days after the last dose of the drug. Initial withdrawal symptoms include fatigue, depression, and insomnia.

These symptoms subside after about two weeks, and people will typically begin to feel normal again by week three.

Long-term withdrawal symptoms such as sadness and fatigue may last up to three months.

Learn more about the Adderall withdrawal timeline.

Supplements That Can Help You Manage Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms

Adderall withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable. To help address this, healthcare providers may offer prescription drugs or therapy to offset any physical or psychological pain.

Medications and therapies that can help you cope with Adderall withdrawal:

  • benzodiazepine medications such as Klonopin
  • antidepressant drugs
  • over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • prescription sleep aids
  • individual therapy

Read more about other supplements that help with Adderall withdrawal.

What Are Common Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms?

Depending on the severity of the Adderall addiction, people may experience mild to severe health issues over the course of their withdrawal timeline.

Psychological Symptoms

The most common psychological side effects of withdrawal include mood swings, anxiety, and memory loss.

In severe cases, people may have suicidal thoughts or experience Adderall-induced psychosis, which can include paranoia, mania, and nightmarish hallucinations.

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms of Adderall withdrawal can range from relatively benign sleep problems, nausea, and stomach pain, to more serious symptoms such as arrhythmia (irregular heart rate), high blood pressure, and intense cravings.

To avoid a potentially life-threatening situation during Adderall withdrawal, it’s recommended that people attend an Adderall detox program at a rehab center.

Treatment Options For Adderall Addiction

If you or a loved one are misusing Adderall or other types of amphetamines, treatment centers such as Bedrock Recovery Center are here to help.

Treatment services for Adderall addiction may include:

  • medically monitored detoxification for stimulant withdrawal
  • drug tapering services
  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • aftercare services
  • dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders
  • outpatient treatment
  • support groups for people with substance use disorders
  • inpatient care
  • relapse prevention

Find Substance Abuse Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center

Call Bedrock Recovery Center today for more information on Adderall drug addiction. Our team can answer any questions you may have about our highly accredited addiction rehab program.

  1. National Health Service (NHS)
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  3. National Institute of Health (NIH)

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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