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Addicted to Adderal?

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my 21 year old son we feel is addicted to adderall. It all started his senior year high school when he took some to do well on his SAT. He lost lots of weight we questioned him and sent to a talk doctor who said his was fine now. Well he wasn't and off to colledge he went and claimed he real needed add drugs to help him because he thought he realy had add. We took him to a doctor that wnated to do testing he went to another doctor that in45 minutes told him he was add and gave him a script for adderal. 3 years later and many classes drop work loss ect.. he claimes he needs more and has been useing more so that his script is used up sooner and he tumbles into a depression of lots of sleeping missing classes ect. He said he needed help but it was that he wanted a higher dose. We picked him up from colledge in a depressed state tried to get him to see another doctor but when he refused we took him back to his doctor and told him of pass use. Would you beleive this doctor gave him a new script plus a anti deprsent. My son has a lot of potential and now we feel this has taken away his life. He wont amit to a problem what can we do .

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replied October 23rd, 2006
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Adderal is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Amphetamine and its derivates are nervous system stimulants. Adderal is used to treatAttention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and narcolepsy (a sleeping disorder with excessive sleepiness during the day or sudden attacks of sleepiness). Amphetamines can cause dependency if not used properly. Like other dependencies, amphetamine abuse includes toleration (a need to increase the doses of the medicine to feel the same, original effect) and abstinent syndrome (increased severity of the symptoms during withdrawal). Amphetamines can cause only a psychic addiction and are not known to be physically addictive (like opiates). Amphetamines mustn’t be combined with a type of antidepressants known as MAO-inhibitors. According to your son’s symptoms, it seems very likely that he is experiencing addiction from amphetamine. He needs expert help from a mental health specialist who can help him treat drug addiction. Keep in mind, however, that you can lead a horse to water but cannot make him drink. Support groups like Al-Anon exist to help families and those who love addicts understand the disease of addiction, learn tools for living with addicts, and get on living life. You love your son but you must also love yourself! You can ask a trusted mental health professional for help managing your own feelings about his abuse.
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