Adderall Addiction Treatment & Rehab in Colorado

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At a Glance

  • Adderall is a stimulant prescribed for attention deficit disorders.
  • When misused, Adderall is addictive and poses health and other risks to those who abuse it.
  • Adderall misuse is more common among high school and college students.
  • Treatment for Adderall addiction includes assessment, individual therapy, medication management and possibly group and family therapy.

Like the rest of the nation, Colorado is in the midst of a devastating opioid epidemic. In 2018, two-thirds of drug overdose deaths involved opioids. People also become addicted to commonly prescribed stimulant drugs like Adderall, which can be more accessible.

Adderall is a stimulant prescribed to treat attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is possible to become addicted to Adderall after using it on a recreational basis.

Adderall is commonly misused by college students, meaning substance use disorders of this nature may be more prevalent in college towns like Boulder, Colorado. Regardless of the location, prescription drug addiction can impact anyone.

Treatment is available for people who become addicted to Adderall. Treatment is tailored to meet your specific needs, and often includes assessment, individual and group therapy, and medication management to help support your recovery.

Signs Someone Needs to Seek Treatment

Addiction can quickly take over someone’s life, affecting their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Because it is such a powerful force, addiction to drugs such as Adderall can cause lasting effects. An Adderall use disorder can lead to adverse health outcomes, including mental health conditions such as depression. Everyone has their own unique experience with addiction, but there are often signs that indicate the need for treatment:

  • Abstaining from usual activities to use substances
  • Continued use of substances despite problems caused by use
  • Withdrawal symptoms emerge when one is not using the substance
  • Personality changes
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Preoccupation with substance use
  • Efforts to quit or cut back have been unsuccessful
  • Greater amounts of substances are needed to get high
  • Mood changes
  • Defensiveness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Irritability and anger

These symptoms can become more severe as the addiction becomes stronger, physically and emotionally. Additionally, taking Adderall in high doses can increase the likelihood of an Adderall overdose. A substance use disorder can take a toll not only on the person with an addiction, but also on their friends and loved ones.

Types of Adderall Addiction Treatment

Once you’ve recognized that you have an unhealthy relationship with Adderall, you may wonder how to find the right Adderall addiction rehab program for you. There are several options available, but the most effective treatment will consider your specific needs, level of use, symptoms, intensity of withdrawal and other factors.

Inpatient Adderall Rehab

Not all inpatient programs are the same. Some inpatient programs are similar to a hospital setting, while others, such as The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, have more residential qualities. Recovery in an inpatient setting allows you to learn how to live without substances and healthily cope with challenges that can arise as you overcome your addiction.

Many individuals transition to a partial hospitalization program (PHP) during their stay. PHP offers greater flexibility and freedom with the benefit of structured programming to support recovery. Patients attend treatment for 20 or more hours per week during daytime hours, but have more time off from structured programming. For those who would benefit from this level of care, partial hospitalization is an option at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake.

Outpatient Adderall Rehab

Outpatient rehab offers a level of support with more flexibility to those who would benefit from this type of treatment. Intensive outpatient care offers the freedom to leave campus while also providing an intensive program spanning several hours during the day. During treatment, you learn coping strategies, participate in outpatient counseling and meet with providers at the center. Intensive outpatient care offers around nine hours of programming per week and is the lowest level of care outside of typical outpatient treatment.

More traditional outpatient care is the least restrictive form of treatment, allowing you to continue with your daily life and obligations. People in outpatient care participate in rehab, including individual and group therapy sessions, only during scheduled appointments with therapists and other providers. Teletherapy options may fit well for some, while others may prefer face-to-face services. Like all levels of care, outpatient treatment options at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake offer evidence-based treatment in a safe and supportive environment.

The Adderall Addiction Treatment Process

Before treatment for Adderall addiction begins, the person must understand that they have a negative relationship with the substance. Interventions by loved ones or a loss of important goals or support can sometimes contribute to the decision to access treatment.

The next step in the process involves finding the right resources for recovery. This may include attending a medically-supervised detox  and inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and traditional outpatient treatment.

Not all treatment facilities are created equal, and it is important to access quality treatment. The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake focuses on your specific needs to provide the best treatment for your unique case. A comprehensive plan to support your physical and emotional health needs is vital for successful recovery. This may include medication management to reduce withdrawal issues and co-occurring treatment to help with depression or anxiety.

Recovery work is difficult as well as life-changing. Exploring patterns of use, triggers, and underlying thoughts and feelings can be a tiring process, but the long-term benefits of recovery are well worth the journey. In a supportive treatment environment, these challenges are much easier to face.

Monitoring progress is crucial to stay ahead of cravings and possible relapse. Post-rehab check-ins are an important part of aftercare at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. These check-ins, along with support groups, patient referrals and other recovery resources, provide support as people transition into a life without addiction.

Life after recovery will be different. Creating new relationships and developing healthy habits is important to stay on track. Identifying a variety of coping strategies for difficult moments can also help guarantee long-term recovery.

How To Choose an Adderall Treatment Program

Your level of need is what determines the best treatment option for recovery, and your input in the process is crucial. Several factors play a role in determining which Adderall addiction rehab program is best for you. For those who have a severe addiction, or who have been using Adderall for a long time, inpatient treatment may be best.

When being treated for an Adderall use disorder, there are often other challenges that need to be addressed simultaneously. For example, people who are addicted to Adderall may have underlying eating disorders or anxiety that may have led to Adderall misuse, including the need to strive for perfection or enhance their school or work performance with substances. If there are co-existing mental health challenges, it may be necessary to participate in comprehensive inpatient rehab for Adderall.

No matter the treatment option, there will be an emphasis not only on stopping your use of the drug but also on how to cope with triggers that might cause relapse. Long-term recovery is about developing and sharpening lifestyle skills that can help you find continued success in your sobriety.

Does Insurance Cover Adderall Rehab?

Cost shouldn’t be a barrier to getting treatment for Adderall addiction. Because of the Affordable Care Act, the cost of rehab is covered by insurance in many cases. The intake coordinators at Palmer Lake can work with your insurance company to see what options are available.

The Recovery Village accepts most major insurance plans. If your plan only covers certain treatments and amenities, additional services may require out-of-pocket payment. For those without insurance or those with public insurance, we can also work with you to develop a payment plan that meets your needs.

Adderall Addiction Help

Stopping Adderall can be challenging. It can feel lonely to face your journey to recovery, but Adderall addiction help is available, and it’s never too late to begin. For people in the Northwest region, The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake offers a welcoming, picturesque environment for healing. Contact us today to discuss treatment options that can suit your needs and start you on the road to recovery.


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