It is possible that you have heard that Adderall and Methamphetamine are the same thing, but that is not true. While they are both drugs and share some similar characteristics, the commonalities end there. If you have been taking either or both of these drugs you probably want to know what is the difference between Adderall and Methamphetamine and does the detox process differ.
What is Adderall?
There is a common characteristic between Adderall and Methamphetamine and that is they are both stimulants. Another is that, while Adderall has a specific medicinal purpose in the treatment of ADHD and Narcolepsy, both drugs are recreational. In fact, Adderall is a “study drug” used by college (and some high school) students and is “Mommy’s little helper” for stay-at-home mothers. The chemical make-up of Adderall is amphetamine and creates a similar effect in the body as do Methamphetamine and Cocaine. Most Adderall users see an increase in concentration and motivation, as well as weight loss. However, there are also some negative side effects from using Adderall and methamphetamine, including:
- Heart arrhythmia/chest pain
- Anxiety/aggressive behavior
When Adderall is used correctly, it is very effective at controlling the symptoms of Narcolepsy and ADHD. However, when it is abused, there is the potential for dependency. Stopping active Adderall dependency should be done through a professional medical detox facility.
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive illicit drug with no medicinal qualities and is used solely for recreational purposes. It comes in a white crystalline form (also known as crystal meth) that can be smoked, snorted, and injected. The chemical make-up of Methamphetamine is double methylated phenlethylamine and includes a combination of dangerous chemicals including methanol, ether, and ammonia. Methamphetamine is made in secret labs or ‘Meth houses’. The fumes emitted from cooking Meth are toxic and cause severe neurological damage and death. Methamphetamine users may experience some pleasurable side effects, but the long-term damage to the body overwhelmingly outweighs any pleasurable attributes. Most Adderall and methamphetamine users experience:
- Heart/brain damage
- Meth mouth/severe tooth decay
- Memory loss
- Aggression/psychotic behavior
Detoxing from Adderall and Methamphetamine
Quitting Adderall and Methamphetamine dependency should be taken seriously. Most doctors advise against stopping cold turkey and encourage individuals to seek a professional meth or Adderall detox program from either a hospital or private inpatient facility. The most recommended treatment is IV therapy medical detox which is different from other detox treatments that use oral medications. Oral medication has to be broken down and processed by the body before they can become active/effective. IV therapy, on the other hand, is immediate because the medication goes directly into the bloodstream. The result is that IV therapy keeps the patient comfortable throughout the process, allowing them to successfully complete the detox. If you have questions about the difference between Adderall and Methamphetamine or about the detox process, call Gallus Detox Center today. You can reach us at 888-228-9114.