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    The Dangers Of Smoking Adderall

    Adderall is a stimulant prescription drug that consists of both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Usually prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy, Adderall helps increase motivation, focus, and concentration. 

    As with any medication or prescription stimulant, Adderall can be abused. Adderall abuse takes many forms, including: 

    • college students trying to cram for an important test
    • athletes preparing for a sports game
    • people of all ages seeking to boost their energy
    • those looking for a quick way to lose weight

    Adderall can also be smoked. When smoked, the effects of the drug enter your bloodstream faster. Because of these effects, many people choose smoking or even snorting as a way to consume Adderall. 

    How Smoking Adderall Works

    Adderall is primarily taken orally, but those addicted to stimulant drugs might search for other means to administer the stimulant, such as smoking it. 

    Taking Adderall in this manner affects the brain pathways more quickly, which means these methods have serious side effects that can be harmful to your physical and mental health.

    Smoking Adderall leaves the person more susceptible to both addiction and withdrawal. When smoking Adderall, the substance quickly enters your lungs and gets absorbed within seconds.

    From there, the drug enters your brain in a matter of minutes and affects the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter related to pleasure. Smoking amphetamine gives you an increased risk for numerous health conditions.

    Side Effects Of Smoking Adderall

    Abusing Adderall, especially when smoking it, can cause lung damage, higher dependency, and ultimately lead to addiction and then withdrawal symptoms. 

    Some of the other serious side effects you might experience from smoking Adderall include the following:

    • heart rate fluctuations
    • issues with your central nervous system
    • psychosis
    • rapid weight loss
    • ​heart attack

    Adderall Addiction & Withdrawal

    Because Adderall enters your system much faster when smoked, your body becomes accustomed to receiving that certain amount in a shorter period of time. This often leads to addiction because you’ll begin to require more and more Adderall to achieve your desired effects.

    When you smoke Adderall, it’s also difficult to determine the exact dose you’re receiving. This can cause more intense side effects and potentially lead to an overdose because you may not know how much you’re ingesting. 

    You may also experience symptoms of withdrawal, including anxiety and sleeplessness, once you stop using Adderall. 

    Adderall Addiction Treatment

    Adderall addiction is a serious issue that can have devastating effects. If you’re in need of detox or therapy to help you with your substance abuse, you’ll find both inpatient and outpatient care at our treatment facilities. 

    Substance use disorders and Adderall addiction can affect anyone. Our healthcare professionals understand that each situation is unique and we’re here to offer qualified help during your time of need.

    If you’re seeking non-judgmental, understanding treatment facilities that will give you the proper care you need, don’t hesitate to contact one of our healthcare professionals.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness - Amphetamine (Adderall)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Prescription Stimulants Drug Facts
    U.S. National Library of Medicine - Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine
    U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health - Neurocognitive, Autonomic, and Mood Effects of Adderall
    U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health - The Dopamine Dilemma Part II

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on April 25, 2022
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