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Stimulants and Anxiety

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Some people turn to stimulants because it helps them overcome social anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, it can also lead to addiction.

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Everyone feels anxious from time to time. But when that anxiety begins to interfere with your ability to function, it can cause a lot of problems.

Stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall are commonly used off-label by people looking to push their productivity. Now, they’re also being used by people battling anxiety, especially social anxiety.

For some people, it appears to work—at least for a little while.

The problem is that—because these pills come in bottles, not baggies—people tend to think of them as harmless. In reality, they are schedule 2 drugs, just like heroin or cocaine, and are highly addictive.

Practically speaking, that means that you’ll crave them and need them just to feel normal. In fact, you’ll find that you can’t concentrate or focus without them anymore.

Treating Anxiety with Adderall

With all that said, anxiety can be a very real problem that severely limits a person’s ability to function normally.

In such cases, you need to see a doctor—not a dealer.

You may find that therapy is enough to keep your anxiety at bay. Or there may be a less addictive drug that works for you.

There are times when Adderall is prescribed for anxiety. This is especially true for Adderall and social anxiety, but patients must be closely monitored to make sure that the drug is not doing more harm than good.

Addiction and Anxiety: A Dual Diagnosis

If you’ve been taking Adderall for anxiety—or any other mental disorder—and find that you’ve lost control of your drug use, then it’s time to seek help for both your addiction and your anxiety.

While that may seem like a lot to sort out, it’s actually quite simple. You need to find a treatment center with experience in treating those with a dual diagnosis.

That’s important because treatment for addiction is unlikely to work if any co-occurring mental condition is not addressed.

In an ideal world, all rehabs would be equipped to treat both addiction and mental illness, but that’s simply not true. Before choosing a place to recover, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask:

  • Do you assess each resident for mental health disorders?
  • Are both the addiction and the co-occurring conditions given the same level of attention and care?
  • Is your treatment team experienced in treating those with a dual-diagnosis?

Getting Well at The Raleigh House

The Raleigh House is a residential treatment center located in Denver that seeks to treat the whole person, not just the addiction, through a comprehensive approach to recovery that includes the treatment of any co-occurring conditions. We offer a safe and comfortable environment where you can recover at your own pace. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about our stimulant addiction treatment program.

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