Adderall Remains Popular Study Drug on College Campuses

student using Adderall for study

Despite attempts by student health services to filter out the fakers, the abuse of Adderall to enhance a student’s ability to study is as widespread as ever. A few years ago, doctors working with college students began to realize that far more students were using the drug to help them study than were taking it for its intended and approved purposes. There were efforts in some colleges to reduce the number of prescriptions that were given out.

A 2009 article in the Cornell Sun stated that Adderall was thought to be used by 6% of college students. But a 2011 survey published in the journal Addiction reported that on some campuses, as many as 25% of students are abusing Adderall to help them with their studies.

One reason that Adderall remains a popular study drug for students is that it helps them cram in study time. The amphetamine salts that make up Adderall accelerate the heart rate and increase alertness, enabling a student to put in long hours of continuous study. But there is a cost. The newspaper for the University of Pittsburgh notes that those abusing this drug may suffer:

  • Irregular heart rate
  • Chest pain
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Severe headache
  • Numbness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep problems to the point of problematic sleep deprivation
  • Loss of appetite

Adderall Is Also Addictive

The prescribing information for Adderall is quite clear on this point. A pill containing amphetamine is subject to abuse and is addictive. A student who begins to take this drug too frequently or to use larger doses recreationally can easily become addicted. Instead of helping the student study, the drug can derail the person’s educational plans. Addiction to Adderall, alcohol, marijuana or any drug may require a break from the education and a trip to a drug rehab to get life back on track.

Students have one more risk they should be aware of. If they mix Adderall with other drugs, they risk dangerous interactions. The combination of Adderall with alcohol can have a deadly effect on the central nervous system, a risk that is probably little known on college campuses where alcohol consumption is rampant.

Alcohol Rehab May Be More Critical for Someone Abusing Adderall

Because of this risk, if a person cannot stop abusing Adderall or they cannot stop drinking, they may need alcohol or drug rehab to get them back on track. At Narconon rehabilitation centers, addictions to both can be overcome.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehab is a holistic program, meaning that it addresses the whole person: the reasons that person began to drink or abuse drugs, the damage done by that abuse and the skills that person needs to learn to stay sober.

While the steps of the program are the same for each person going through the rehab, each person learns their own reasons for abusing drugs; they are not told the reasons other people had for using them. They work out their own solutions to the problems in their own lives, they are not told what to do about those problems. As one person said when he finished this program, he learned how to live drug-free; he didn’t have other people telling him how to do it. The effect of this long-term program is highly individualistic.

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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.