Adderall Withdrawal & Detox

In Colorado, a lot of the focus in terms of drug abuse is on opioids because the state is being hit hard by the nationwide epidemic of prescription painkillers and heroin, but other drugs are problematic as well. One of these drugs is Adderall, which is a prescription stimulant intended to treat the symptoms of ADHD.

Adderall is popular among college students and young adults because it helps them focus and study for long periods of time, stay awake, and also lose weight because it’s an appetite suppressant.

As with most other drugs, there is the risk of physical dependence when someone takes Adderall, even as prescribed. Physical dependence means that you have taken a substance to the point that your body feels like it needs it to maintain normalcy. If you suddenly stop taking it, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.

The following highlights Adderall withdrawal symptoms, a typical Adderall withdrawal timeline, and how to safely detox from Adderall symptoms.

Adderall Withdrawal in Colorado

When someone goes through Adderall withdrawal, symptoms can be mental and physical.

Some of the common Adderall withdrawal symptoms physically are:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger and increased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Abdominal pain

While the physical symptoms of Adderall withdrawal can be uncomfortable, it can be the psychological side effects that are most difficult for a lot of people. These can include:

  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems including nightmares
  • Cognition and mental clarity problems
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Confusion and disorientation

Adderall Detox Timeline

There will be variances based on the individual, but the general Adderall detox timeline can look like this:

  • First and foremost, Adderall is a stimulant and is often taken as a time-release version, so the symptoms of withdrawal can be delayed significantly longer than with other drugs. The withdrawal symptoms may start within 24 to 72 hours after the effects of the drug have worn off. The initial symptoms are usually fatigue and sleeping for long periods. There are also usually craving, disorientation, depression and a lack of pleasure that can occur as you come down from the stimulant effects of Adderall.
  • During the first week after someone stops using Adderall, the symptoms may start to seem to fade a bit but can still include fatigue, depression, and cravings along with problematic sleep patterns.
  • During the second week of detox, Adderall withdrawal side effects may still include depression, fatigue, insomnia or excessive sleep, an increased appetite, and irritability.
  • From weeks three to four withdrawal from Adderall symptoms may include a sense of apathy, irritation, and depression.

There is the potential of post-acute withdrawal symptom when you withdrawal from Adderall as well. This means that you may have symptoms of Adderall withdrawal that last for several months and are primarily psychological. These can be treated with therapy and medication.

The reason these Adderall withdrawal side effects are experienced is because of the impact the drug has on the release of the brain neurotransmitter dopamine. It impacts everything including pleasure and attention, and when you take Adderall it alters dopamine levels, and it can take time to return to normalcy.

Certain factors can influence the length of time you experience Adderall withdrawal side effects and how severe they are. These include:

  • Whether you took Adderall as prescribed or recreationally
  • How much you took and how long you took it
  • Whether you also abused other substances such as alcohol, benzos or opioids
  • Individual characteristics like metabolism and age

There’s no reason to try and do a home detox for Adderall, however. There is Adderall withdrawal help available, such as a medically-supervised Adderall detox program like what’s offered at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake in Colorado.

There may be some medications given to patients as they withdrawal from Adderall as well including antidepressants and mood stabilizers as well as sleep aids.

Adderall Detox in Colorado

Adderall detox isn’t considered deadly, but there can be complications along with discomfort. Something else to consider when looking for Adderall detox tips is the fact that this drug is often used along with other substances, and by people with underlying mental health issues.

These are all things that need to be addressed following detox from Adderall. That’s why it’s important to look for an accredited program offering medically-supervised detox from Adderall symptoms, followed by addiction treatment.

If you only do a detox from Adderall and not addiction treatment, you’re likely to relapse.

One example of something that commonly happens in an Adderall addiction detox program is that someone comes to terms with their body image issues that led them to an Adderall addiction in order to lose weight. There are multiple issues that need to be addressed to avoid further substance abuse, which is why it can be valuable to go to a detox center that then offers rehab.

If you’re in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver or anywhere in Colorado and you’re struggling with Adderall, there are in-state resources available to you, and The Recovery Village also has out-of-state programs for Adderall abuse.