How To Handle And Find Relief From Adderall Withdrawal

Adderall has been a top medication option to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for a long time, but this prescription amphetamine stimulant can also be prescribed to people suffering from narcolepsy (via WebMD). However, because Adderall is a stimulant that improves concentration and productivity and increases the production of dopamine (making you feel good), the drug has a high potential to become addictive.  

According to Addiction Center, getting off Adderall is hard in both instances and even if you do it slowly you might still experience withdrawal symptoms that can last anywhere from five days to over three weeks.

Although there's no specific drug treatment used to help while detoxing from Adderall, the American Addiction Centers points out that doctors may use a number of medications to help a patient through withdrawal, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, both of which can provide relief from irritation and lingering depression. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with headaches associated with withdrawal, while sleep aids can help those dealing with insomnia.

If you feel like the withdrawal symptoms are overwhelming or you're experiencing panic attacks or hallucinations, talk to your doctor. You might need inpatient care to get through the worse of the symptoms.

Going beyond medical help

In addition to medications to help deal with side effects, practicing self-care is also essential during the withdrawal period. It can help to prioritize healthy habits like eating nutritious foods, making sure you're hydrated at all times, and staying active. Also, choose to drink water over caffeine and avoid other stimulants, like smoking, as these can worsen anxiety during withdrawal. 

Focusing on calming yourself, whether that means creating a better environment for sleeping or finding relaxing activities like deep breathing when you feel stressed, can be an effective strategy. Talking yourself through moments of anxiety can offer a gentle reminder that the cravings will eventually pass. You might notice you have trouble concentrating when coming off Adderall. If that's the case, engage in simpler activities that don't require a lot of focus to give your mind a break.

If you're still having difficulties coping, reach out for help. This could be asking for support from friends and family or having somebody you can call, but it can also be professional treatment in the form of therapy or a 12-step program.