The use of Adderall, a prescription stimulant intended to treat conditions such as ADHD, is becoming more and more prevalent in high schools and on college campuses as its popularity grows as a so-called “study drug.” Higher rates of ADHD diagnoses, increased Adderall prescriptions, a lack of education regarding drug abuse consequences and the ability to establish illicit Adderall distribution channels are all contributing to this rampant problem.
In response to this devastating trend, school administrators and advocates are stepping up and redefining policies regarding stimulant abuse for cognitive and academic enhancement. Stricter guidelines around ADHD diagnoses and Adderall prescriptions at college health centers are also helping to improve the situation. Ongoing education about the dangers of Adderall abuse along with better and healthier coping skills for students can help to deter them from turning to Adderall for academic performance and recreational use.
Addiction doesn’t just disappear after your stay in rehab. It’s just as much a part of you as the color of your eyes or a pre-disposition to high blood pressure. The first few weeks, months or even years after rehab will be challenging – but rewarding.
Finding your new normal, whatever form it may take, can seem impossible, so it is important to take it one day at a time. The best way to successfully make the transition from rehab to a healthy, productive life is to know the importance of routine, have a safe place to live and work, and foster relationships with both people who understand what you’ve been through, and those who can provide a solid support system.
Be Sure to Return to a Completely Sober Environment
After rehab, you’ll need to come to terms with the fact that things will be different, and your living space needs to reflect that change.
When coping with an addicted family member, it’s easy to take the blame and feel like you’re the fall guy. However, it’s important to understand it’s not your fault. Regardless of the situation, keep the following tips in mind:
1. Learn as Much as You Can
Start by learning everything you can about addiction. Learn how it begins and what can trigger it. Learn the signs and symptoms of a relapse and how you can help.
If you’re the one with the addiction, talk freely with your loved ones about what you’re going through and be willing to get help when you need it. Listen to what your family has to say about your addiction and how it affects them.
Understand that relapse is very common when it comes to addiction, but you can find ways to safeguard against it. Don’t expect a relapse but do have a plan of action in the event there is a relapse.
As an addict in recovery, the most important thing to remember about recovery is this one mantra: What you do after you leave drug rehab is just as important as what you accomplish during rehab.
Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that, in 2009, 23.5 million people in the United States older than 12 years old needed treatment for a drug or alcohol abuse problem¬ — or 9.3% of this population. Sadly, just 2.6 million of these people, or 11.2% of those who needed treatment, actually went on to receive it at a specialized rehab facility.
Meanwhile, SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set from 2008 showed that alcohol abuse treatment accounted for 41.4% of treatment admissions. With respect to drug-related admissions, heroin and other opiates comprised the largest percentage of admissions (20%), while marijuana accounted for 17%.