What are the Warning Signs of Adderall Abuse?

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Adderall, or dextroamphetamine-amphetamine, is a stimulant used to increase a person’s attention and focus.

It is most often used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, but people with or without this disorder have come to abuse this drug. Research has found that in recent years, non-medical use of the drug has risen 67% and emergency room visits from Adderall misuse have increased 156%. [1] These numbers are especially staggering. Some people may use Adderall on occasion to study for a test or for a busy day at work, but these occasional uses can easily become more frequent. It is not uncommon for a seemingly harmless habit to turn into an addiction. As an addiction rehab program, we realize these trends are cause for concern. With the drug abuse increasing so drastically, recognizing the Adderall abuse warning signs is important.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Adderall Abuse

Like most drugs, Adderall symptoms and warning signs can vary depending on the person. If you suspect that a loved one may have an Adderall addiction, it is imperative that you learn to recognize the Adderall abuse warning signs so that you can get them the help they need at our Banyan Treatment Center.

Some common Adderall abuse warning signs include:

  • Decreased appetite and rapid weight loss – this is actually considered an added benefit; it’s not uncommon for people to take Adderall for this reason alone, quickly turning into an addiction
  • Increased energy levels
  • Being unusually talkative
  • Irregular sleeping schedule
  • Social detachment when the drug effects wear off
  • Secretive behavior and taking pills frequently
  • Paranoia
  • Aggression
  • Problems with memory or struggling to complete thoughts
  • Impulsivity

If someone you know is exhibiting some of these Adderall abuse warning signs, it may be time to step in and take action. Drug addiction can happen to anyone, affecting a person’s health, mental well-being, relationships, and life in general. At our drug and alcohol treatment center in Pompano, we offer a variety of treatment programs including medical detox, PHP, and IOP to help your loved one get back on track as well as educate them on living a sober life after drug rehab.

If you suspect someone you love has an Adderall addiction or other drug or alcohol abuse problem, you should try to get them help immediately. Contact us today at 888-280-4763 to get more information.


  1. John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health- Adderall Misuse Rising Among Young Adults

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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