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Your head pounds. Your body aches. You can’t sleep. You don’t want to eat.These are just some symptoms of an Adderall comedown. It can feel like your brain has melted. Or your body has gone through a spin dry in a washing machine. These symptoms aren’t uncommon for those who abuse Adderall, a stimulant prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We’ve seen patients at our California alcohol and rehab center experience the Adderall crash, and it’s always unpleasant. Anxiety. Feelings of despair and desperation. Intense cravings for the drug. When that happens, we recommend a treatment program that addresses:

  1. Why someone abused Adderall.
  2. Whether that person should withdraw from the drug.
  3. How that person can avoid relapse in the future.

It’s all part of the recovery process. With over 150 years of combined recovery time, our team of psychologists, psychiatrists, support workers, counselors, and drug and alcohol specialists help people with Adderall addiction problems all the time. Many of them have gone through the same Adderall experiences:

  • The comedown.
  • The cravings.
  • The recovery.

Windward Way Recovery, part of the Zinnia family of brands, specializes in holistic, evidence-based treatment programs that help people quit Adderall once and for all. Withdrawing from this drug isn’t always easy, but working with our professional team makes the process easier. We also help loved ones of those with Adderall issues. Learn more about the Adderall comedown below, as well as the benefits of visiting our California alcohol and rehab treatment center.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a drug prescribed for ADHD. It’s a stimulant that increases the ability to stay focused on day-to-day activities and manages behavioral problems. People who take Adderall might experience increased energy levels and a feeling of euphoria. Available under various brand names, Adderall can also treat narcolepsy and other sleeping disorders. In recent years, Adderall has become susceptible to abuse. College students, for example, might take the drug without a prescription to stay up all night and prepare for an exam the next day. Abusing Adderall can be risky:”If you take Adderall for ADHD, or for other purposes, it’s important to be aware of the side effects,” says Healthline. “Effects can be positive when Adderall is taken as intended, but for people without ADHD who use the drug without medical supervision, the effects can be dangerous.”Do you want to know more about the comedown from Adderall? Windward Way Recovery’s custom treatment solutions support people experiencing the negative effects of Adderall withdrawal. Email or phone (855) 491-7694 for a 15-minute consultation today. 

What Is Adderall Addiction?

Adderall addiction happens when someone forms habits around this prescription drug. An Adderall use might have a compulsive physiological or psychological need for the substance and take a higher dose than recommended. Or take it for longer than suggested.When someone experiences Adderall addiction, they become dependent on the drug and typically experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it.

What Is the Adderall Comedown?

An Adderall “comedown” might happen when a user stops taking the stimulant, experiencing unwanted withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms might include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Achy muscles
  • Runny nose
  • Involuntary arm/leg movements
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • An inability to focus on tasks
  • Sweating
  • Headaches

These symptoms might be more severe if a user takes a high dose of Adderall or uses the drug for a long period. Here’s the science behind the Adderall comedown:When someone uses a stimulant, like Adderall, the drug triggers the release of neurotransmitters, like dopamine, in the central nervous system, which boosts energy, increases feelings of euphoria, and reduces the need for sleep. The opposite happens when the effects of the drug wear off. The brain releases fewer neurotransmitters, causing the user to feel those unwanted side effects listed above. Someone might take more Adderall to feel the pleasant effects of the drug again. Or increase their dosage over time. When that happens, the body often gets used to the substance, resulting in Adderall tolerance. “While extended-release versions of the medicine are available, Adderall’s effects will wear off eventually,” says Medical News Today. “The result can be intense feelings of withdrawal, otherwise known as an Adderall crash, where a person feels the opposite of how they did when they were taking the drug.”Visiting a drug and alcohol rehab treatment center like Windward Way Recovery provides Adderall users with a solution. That’s because they can work with a professional team and come off the drug gradually, reducing or even preventing negative symptoms associated with the Adderall “crash.”Our team can customize a treatment plan for someone abusing Adderall based on that person’s schedule, lifestyle, and unique circumstances. This treatment plan might include techniques like individual therapy, group therapy, medication-assisted therapy, and aftercare. Withdrawing from Adderall produces a range of negative side effects. That’s why users should reduce intake under the supervision of a specialist. If you are experiencing a comedown from Adderall or know someone who has withdrawal symptoms, talk to a specialist today. Windward Way Recovery’s custom treatment solutions help Adderall users manage their drug usage and start the road to recovery. Email or call (855) 491-7694 for a 15-minute assessment.

How to Manage an Adderall Comedown

Coping with an Adderall comedown is never easy. A user of this drug might experience a wide range of symptoms that could last several months. Although Adderall only stays in the system for a few days (its half-life is around 9-14 hours), physical and psychological cravings for the drug can endure for weeks, causing someone to feel anxious, depressed, or even suicidal. The first step to managing a comedown from Adderall is to let the drug clear itself from the body. Users can speed up this process by:

  • Drinking lots of water to stay hydrated and flush the drug from the system.
  • Eat nutritious foods.
  • Exercising. Working out increases perspiration and boost endorphins, which can counteract the psychological effects of withdrawal.
  • Waiting it out. Dealing with Adderall withdrawal is tough, but any negative emotions will pass.
  • Sleeping it off. The body needs to recover during withdrawal.

Side effects from Adderall withdrawal depend on how long the person has taken the drug, dosage, and body composition. After Adderall has cleared from the body, the user should start a treatment plan that helps them manage the long-term psychological and physical cravings associated with withdrawal. Visiting a rehab center like Windward Way Recovery can reduce the risk of relapse and start the recovery process. Adderall users might undertake one or more of the following treatments to manage withdrawal:

  • Individual therapy, where the person talks about their dependency or addiction with a qualified counselor, therapist, support worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
  • Group therapy, where the person discusses their dependency or addiction with other prescription drug users.
  • Family therapy, where the person and their loved ones work with a specialist.
  • Medication-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Nutrition management
  • Aftercare, which might include regular medical evaluations that check whether the person is abstaining from Adderall

We also recommend Adderall users practice self-care when withdrawing from this drug long-term. Meditation, good sleep habits, and healthy foods can all ease the negative effects of withdrawal and kick-start the recovery process. “Eating nutritious foods and getting regular exercise may help ease withdrawal symptoms,” says Healthline. “If you have trouble sleeping, try to stick to a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time each night, and get up at the same time each morning. Doing something calming in the hour before bedtime can help you fall asleep.”

How Windward Way Recovery Helps

Unlike some other rehab centers, Windward Way Recovery identifies the root cause of someone’s Adderall problem and helps them successfully manage their withdrawal symptoms for better recovery outcomes. Our evidence-based approach to addiction has helped hundreds of Adderall users in California. Now we can help you.As soon as you contact one of our team, we will provide you with the resources you need to overcome your Adderall dependency or addiction. We can then customize a treatment plan that might include an outpatient program or a stay at an intimate and private treatment center, where you work with support workers, therapists, counselors, and other specialists. You will receive the high-quality patient care you deserve.We also help loved ones of Adderall users who want to overcome their addiction. Our family therapy program supports relatives who often go unnoticed during the recovery process. Windward Way Recovery welcomes all those who want to conquer addiction at our treatment center. Our ongoing support and aftercare solutions can increase the chances of successful recovery and prevent Adderall relapse. Many Adderall users don’t get the help they need because they worry about the costs associated with treatment. So we work with all major healthcare providers in the United States, helping patients and loved ones manage their finances. Verify your health insurance plan here. The Adderall comedown can be a terrible experience. Here at Windward Way Recovery, we help patients manage withdrawal symptoms and gradually reduce Adderall consumption. Email us or call (855) 491-7694 for a 15-minute assessment.