Adderall Addiction Treatment Center & Rehab in Riverside, CA

Sunrise Ranch offers trusted Adderall addiction treatment in Southern California. To better serve the individual needs of our clients, Sunrise provides gender-specific rehabilitation to deliver more successful recovery.

Understanding Adderall

Learn about Adderall and substance abuse

Adderall is a stimulant medication that is most commonly used to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Although Adderall is safe when used according to the prescribing physician’s recommendations to treat ADHD, many people abuse it for its energy-increasing, euphoric effects. As a stimulant, Adderall can induce pleasurable feelings and elevated attentiveness, and as a result, Adderall may be an attractive target for abuse among those who are seeking a pleasurable high or who desire intense focus during high-pressure academic, occupational, or athletic efforts. Unfortunately, although it is relatively safe when used as directed, Adderall is still a stimulant and it can cause severe disruption in the lives of those who abuse it. Individuals that abuse adderall will need to seek treatment at a trusted rehab center to tackle their addiction.


Adderall addiction statistics

According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), between 5% and 35% of college-aged individuals endorsed abusing stimulants in the past year. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), slightly more than 10% of adults ages 26 to 34 and less than 2% of adults ages 35 and older have ever abused Adderall.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for Adderall addiction

Because it is a stimulant, Adderall shares some of the same risk factors as other stimulants. These can include:

Environmental: Certain environmental factors can affect a person’s chance of developing an Adderall use disorder. These can include factors such as being exposed to Adderall in one’s environment, associating with others who abuse Adderall, and living in an unstable home environment.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of substance abuse
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Personal history of other substance abuse
  • Being under strong pressure to perform in school, work, athletics, or other domains

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Adderall addiction

The following signs and symptoms are commonly found among those who struggle with Adderall abuse:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Taking more Adderall, or taking Adderall over a longer period of time, than originally intended
  • Unsuccessful efforts to reduce Adderall use
  • Spending excessive time acquiring, using, or recovering from use of Adderall
  • Failing to fulfill major role obligations due to Adderall use
  • Neglecting important activities in favor of using
  • Continuing to use Adderall even in situations where doing so can be hazardous
  • Using Adderall despite being aware of significant problems caused by use of the drug

Physical symptoms:

  • Excessively rapid or slow heart rate
  • Dilated pupils
  • Extremely high or extremely low blood pressure
  • Perspiration
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling jittery or restless
  • Slowed movements
  • Weakness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Needing increasing amounts of Adderall over time to achieve the desired effect
  • Experiencing extreme discomfort upon discontinuing use

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Experiencing cravings for Adderall
  • Confusion
  • Rapid thought processes
  • Extreme focus
  • Impaired judgment
  • Grandiosity

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Experiencing social or relational problems as a result of Adderall use
  • Agitation or aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Euphoria


Effects of Adderall addiction

If left untreated, without rehab at a treatment center, Adderall abuse can cause significant problems in a person’s life. Some of these negative effects include:

  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Job loss
  • Financial strain
  • Relational difficulties
  • Social isolation
  • Respiratory problems (if Adderall is smoked)
  • Sinus infection, nasal bleeding, or perforated nasal septum (if Adderall is snorted)
  • Track marks, puncture wounds, and elevated risk of HIV infection (if Adderall is injected)
  • Onset or worsening of mental health symptoms
  • Polysubstance use, addiction, or chemical dependency
  • Cardiac arrhythmia or heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Death, either from overdose or cardiac arrest

Co-Occurring Disorders

Adderall addiction and co-occurring disorders

Unfortunately, people who struggle with Adderall abuse often experience other mental health disorders and symptoms, some of which can include:

  • Other substance use disorders, especially involving sedative substances
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Gambling disorder

Effects of Withdrawal and Overdose

Effects of Adderall withdrawal and overdose

Effects of Adderall withdrawal: If a person who has been abusing Adderall for an extended period of time attempts to abstain from use, he or she may experience a number of uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Depressed mood
  • Fatigue
  • Vivid or unpleasant dreams
  • Insomnia
  • Oversleeping
  • Increased appetite
  • Psychomotor agitation or slowing

Effects of Adderall overdose: When a person ingests more Adderall than his or her body can safely metabolize, he or she will experience a dangerous condition known as an overdose. Overdoses can be potentially fatal and require that the person receives medical attention as soon as possible. Symptoms of an overdose can include:

  • Dangerously elevated body temperature
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizure
  • Heart attack

Why Consider Adderall Abuse Treatment

Why consider Adderall addiction treatment at our rehab center in Riverside, California

As described above, the consequences for untreated Adderall abuse can be severe and life-threatening. Furthermore, because Adderall is a relatively common drug, it can be difficult for a person to overcome an addiction without professional help.

Through our specialized care, men and women have the opportunity to move towards a life free from substance abuse. Furthermore, because Sunrise Ranch offers residential care, individuals who are seeking a safe place to recover from Adderall abuse can have the opportunity to invest in their own health in a space that is secure and drug-free 24 hours per day. Residential treatment for Adderall abuse can be particularly helpful as it allows a person to heal in a temptation-free environment where sobriety and health can be his or her first priority and where a person is surrounded by a compassionate and experienced team of professionals who are eager to help each person take his or her first steps towards lifelong freedom from Adderall abuse.

Thanks to Sunrise Recovery Ranch, my daughter was able to get the lasting recovery she deserved from her addiction and her co-occurring mental health disorder. I am super grateful!

– Michelle A.
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  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)