One of the most popular drugs on college campuses across the U.S. is the stimulant Adderall. However, there is a reason why mixing alcohol and Adderall is not such a good idea. In fact, you may need an Adderall detox program or cross addiction treatment program for overall wellness.
What the Research Says
Research shows that mixing alcohol and Adderall is much more widespread than most people think. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) 1 in 5 college students use Adderall recreationally. What’s more, more than 80 percent of college students drink alcohol and 50 percent report that they engage in binge drinking. In research reported by Dalhousie University in 2008, nearly 80 percent of individuals mixing Adderall and alcohol took the drug after they began drinking. In another report issued by the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR); most students snorted Adderall rather than take the medication orally and mixed with alcohol. However, many students reported in the survey that they did not believe that Adderall use alone was harmful. In 2006, the University of Michigan issued findings that persons struggling with alcohol abuse were 18 times more likely to recreationally abuse prescription drugs than person without alcohol abuse.
Risk of Dangerous Side Effects
Adderall is a stimulant and part of a class of drugs known as amphetamines. When used for correct medicinal purposes, Adderall is very effective in treating ADHD, certain sleep disorders, depression and in obesity treatment. However, the drug has been habitually abused recreationally by students (high school and college) as well as young professionals and used as a party drug. Individuals abusing Adderall will take the drug so that they can drink longer and delay feeling intoxicated. The problem is while Adderall is stimulant, alcohol is a depressant, which enhances the effects of the alcohol. Mixing alcohol and Adderall will not only increase euphoria, but will also raise blood pressure and heart rate, but will also decrease the depressive effects of alcohol and decrease appetite. Adderall blocks the depressant effects of alcohol, which makes it easier for the individual to continue drinking. This can increase the risk for alcohol poisoning. Moreover, it can heighten the chance for seizures. Furthermore, mixing alcohol and Adderall can actually increase the side effects of the stimulant which may include constipation and/or diarrhea; nausea and vomiting; irregular heart rate and chest pain; insomnia; anxiety and aggressive behavior; paranoia and hallucinations and seizures.
Where to Turn for Help for Alcohol and Adderall
Quitting alcohol and Adderall abuse can be difficult. Depending on the severity of substance abuse, many begin to experience withdrawal symptoms within a few hours after the last time they use alcohol or Adderall. The side effects of withdrawal can be painful. In fact, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be fatal if not treated appropriately. Seeking professional medical detox treatment is the best option for successful quitting alcohol and Adderall abuse. For help, call Gallus Detox Centers today at 888-228-9114.