Adderall Abuse Becoming More Popular Among Teens

But parents are starting to wake up

teen with adderall pills

There are plenty of stories covering the phenomenon of students abusing Adderall, the drug that is so often prescribed when a child seems too active or unfocused to a teacher or a school medical staffer. Young people in high school and college are relying on Adderall as a stimulant to help them stay up long hours and focus on studies far beyond their normal limits. Some students who don’t use Adderall by having a prescription or by acquiring it illicitly complain that the drug provides an unfair advantage to those willing to use any tactic to get ahead even a dangerous or addictive one.

According to a blog on the Huffington Post, some students simply consume normal doses of Adderall, some take more of it than normally prescribed and some people snort it. Snorting the drug provides a fairly instant increase in energy, the same way that snorting cocaine or methamphetamine would. After all, Adderall is made up of different forms of amphetamine, very similar to the street form of this drug. With Adderall abuse becoming more popular among teens, it would be smart to understand the potential for addiction to this kind of drug or other drugs.

Adderall Classed With Cocaine And Morphine

Adderall is classed by the Drug Enforcement Administration in the same class as cocaine and morphine. Despite this, parents usually knuckle under when a doctor tells them that their child needs this drug in order to fit someone’s idea of normal behavior. Other students are willing to take an uneducated risk and ask friends who have prescriptions to sell some of their pills. Some students will also go to health services or family practitioners and tell the lies that will get them the pills, although student health services are starting to wise up and are restricting the drugs more than before.

Some young people who start using Adderall to give them a chemical “edge” in their studies may suffer two damaging fates: they may become addicted or harmed by this drug, being unable to stop taking it; or they may progress on to the abuse of other harmful and addictive drugs. One researcher found a clear link between the use of stimulants by youth with the use of cocaine in later childhood or adulthood.

Each year, almost 21 million prescriptions for these drugs are given, just for children between 10 years of age and 19. This number has increased 26 percent since 2007.

But here and there, some parents are starting to object and refuse to start using these medications or getting their children off them.

Narconon Rehab Centers Offer Help To Those Who Lost The Fight

When a person relies on a drug like this, it is easy to become addicted without ever realizing it is happening. A student finally realizes they cannot stop using a drug, or they are drawn to abuse other drugs. These people may find themselves in a Narconon rehab center, one of the dozens on six continents around the world.

At Narconon rehab centers, they will find a healthy means of leaving drugs behind. This includes a nutritionally based withdrawal which would follow any medical wean down that might be needed. Next is the New Life Detoxification, a procedure that includes time in a low-heat sauna, exercise, and nutritional supplements, all designed to flush out stored drug residues in the body.

Once a person’s body has recovered from damages of drug abuse, and are now thinking more clearly, they complete a series of life skills courses that give them the tools to repair relationships, to choose associates wisely and plan for the future.

The whole idea of the Narconon program is to make a person strong and capable, thereby able to build a drug-free life. At that point, the use of addictive drugs becomes unattractive. Find out how this program can help someone you care about who wants to leave drugs behind.



Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.