New Documentary Suggests America’s Hyper-Competitive Culture Is Creating Unhealthy Reliance on Stimulants
Adderall is a stimulant amphetamine drug that improves users’ overall focus, reduces the amount of sleep they need, and suppresses their appetite. From 2008 to 2012, the number of Adderall prescriptions in the United States tripled, and it has since continued to swell, making it one of the most prescribed medications in America.
Executive producers Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger have recently created a documentary called “Take Your Pills,” which takes a deep dive into America’s growing Adderall use. The film explores the ways that business professionals, college students, and others who live and work in highly competitive spheres use Adderall (and Adderall-like drugs) to boost their productivity and intellectual performance. Shriver states that part of the problem stems from the willingness of parents, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals to put children and young adults on stimulant drugs in order to remedy potential signs of AD/HD and help them boost their achievement and performance, which can lead to dependence.
Negative Effects of Prolonged Adderall Use
In some cases, Adderall may pose temporary benefits for people who wish to improve their focus at work or in school, but it can also come with negative side effects, such as:
- Dry mouth
- Increased irritability, hostility, and aggression
- Rapid, unhealthy weight loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Heart palpitations and other heart problems
The short-term effects of Adderall use are certainly disruptive and uncomfortable, but many people continue using the drug due to an increased reliance on the drug. Adderall abuse and prolonged use of the drug could create unwanted, unpleasant health problems, including:
- Heightened anxiety
- Intense cravings
- High blood pressure
- Persistent headaches
- Diminished inhibitions
- Inability to sleep or rest
- Muscle twitches
- Additional mental health problems
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Malnutrition and overall deficiency
Adderall Addiction Recovery Center in Scottsdale, Arizona
At Acceptance Recovery Center, we serve people struggle with stimulant addiction and dependence. We understand that unhealthy stimulant drug use often begins innocently and can happen to anyone. For many people, admitting that they have developed an addiction to Adderall can be embarrassing, shameful, and incredibly challenging. However, we understand that struggling with a prescription drug addiction is not the result of poor character or personal flaws. In many cases, it can be triggered by mental health challenges or other personal circumstances outside one’s control.
When you come to our Scottsdale addiction recovery center for treatment, we can help you address your addiction or drug dependence by looking at the whole picture. We are prepared to help you assess your triggers and the other personal factors that could be contributing to your addiction while providing you with compassionate, relational support designed to help you overcome harmful substance use for good.
There is no time to waste. Connect with a member of our team as soon as possible by sending us a message or calling today.
Dr. Greg Gale has been practicing and providing leadership in the field of psychiatry, substance use, and integrated care in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over 11 years. He joins us from his role as a national medical director overseeing behavioral health, substance use, and integrated care services for Humana Behavioral Health. Previously, he was CMO and VP of Clinical Services at Partners in Recovery, a not-for-profit behavioral health and substance use service organization, which operates five clinics throughout Maricopa County.