Although workplace statistics are not readily available, the substance addiction Elgin knows the figures on college campuses across the U.S. say that approximately 1 in 4 college students experiment with taking stimulants (other than as prescribed) during their education.  Particularly if you work in a competitive or high-stress field, chances are that you and/or several of your co-workers abuse amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (brand name: Adderall).

 Here are 5 signs of Adderall abuse in Elgin workplaces:

  1. Taking what wasn’t prescribed to you

If you take Adderall that wasn’t prescribed to you, such as “borrowing”from your ADHD child, you are abusing the medication.  In a co-worker you may spot someone bringing a medication in an unmarked bag or carrying a pill bottle with someone else’s name on it.

  1. Taking “extra”

Even if you do have an Adderall prescription, do you find yourself taking “extra”?  You might have a big project coming up and you want to be able to focus, or plan to attend a party and want to have “extra energy.”Under any circumstances, taking more than is prescribed is abusing Adderall says the drug rehab Elgin.

  1. Taking it gives you pleasure

Though Adderall is not intended to give anyone a “high”or euphoric feeling, Adderall does affect brain chemicals (such as dopamine) and in the case of one who is addicted, may cause pleasure to take it.  If you or someone you know plans their day around their next dose, looks forward to taking it, or otherwise seems to experience pleasure when taking it, you likely have an addict on your hands.

  1. Losing weight

Adderall can suppress appetite.  If you find yourself skipping meals, even accidentally, or losing weight, you may be abusing Adderall.  Particularly if you or someone you love is taking Adderall in an attempt to lose weight, you may have an addiction.  If you notice a co-worker losing weight, which he or she does not explain, particularly when that individual also looks unhealthy but has extra energy and focus, which may be a sign that he or she is abusing Adderall.

  1. Personality changes

In addition to the potential physical side effects of Adderall, such as heart attack and seizures, there are potential emotional side effects.  An individual, who seems paranoid, skittish or anxious, may be abusing Adderall, particularly if combined with a manic-level of focus or productivity.  You can always call a specialist at the drug rehabilitation Elgin for help and advice.

Abuse of prescription Adderall is punishable as a Schedule II drug (like heroine) and carries a federal sentencing of a minimum of 5 years on the first offense.