The hype on campus is that Ritalin and Adderall can help you improve your GPA – but the truth behind the “study drug” myth is that those drugs are only beneficial to people who actually need them. In fact, taking them without really needing them could actually do more harm than good in the long run.
When Do People need to take Ritalin and Adderall?
Ritalin and Adderall were created to help individuals (mostly kids) suffering from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). These prescription drugs were very beneficial in helping children improve focus and concentration – which is why students thought that if it helped people with ADHD improve focus then it should help them too, but that is not true.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a common condition that affects persons from childhood through adolescents. In some people the condition may continue into adulthood. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately five percent of children (as much as ten percent of school-aged children) have ADHD. Children with ADHD have trouble concentrating and have a difficult time following directions. In many cases they become easily bored and frustrated. They also have a difficult time being still, they may move around a lot and be impulsive. Although the exact cause of ADHD is still unknown, research shows that the condition is most likely hereditary in families. The condition stems from a chemical imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain. The part of the brain that controls attention is less active in persons with ADHD. Prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall are designed to stimulate activity where there is a deficit in brain activity. If you take the medication and your brain is otherwise functioning normally, you could be setting yourself for future problems, especially in brain function.
Dealing with Tolerance and Dependency
Still, with all the research and data supporting the fact that Ritalin and Adderall will not guarantee an A on the next exam and taking the medication when there is no reason to take it can cause harm – high school and college students alike have managed to abuse the drugs. In addition to interfering with brain activity, these drugs can lead to dependency when they are abused. What’s more, trying to stop a Ritalin or Adderall dependency suddenly or cold turkey can lead to some nasty withdrawal symptoms including:
- Heart arrhythmia/chest pain
- Aggressive behavior
Most doctors recommend that persons wanting to quit taking Ritalin and Adderall seek professional medical detox treatment and the most preferred is an inpatient treatment that offers IV therapy medical detox. IV therapy is fast-acting, working to control withdrawal symptoms as they occur. The benefit is that the medication can be changed as the symptoms change for continued relief. Do you want to stop taking Ritalin or Adderall? Gallus Detox Center can help you. Call us today to see how IV therapy can work for you. 855-338-6929