History of Adderall

During the 1950s and 1960s, Obetrol was a popular prescription stimulant promoted as a weight loss aid. In 1973, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed and, to adhere to its guidelines, the manufacturers of Obetrol had the drug reformulated with the use of amphetamine replacing methamphetamine. The drug was eventually marketed as an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) treatment drug and adopted the brand name “Adderall” in 1996. Today, Adderall is a Schedule II prescription drug classified as a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant and is often misused. College students in the United States rank the highest in Adderall misuse due to its ability to sharpen focus and fight fatigue. Adderall is the 27th most prescribed drug in the U.S. with over 24 million prescriptions written in 2017 alone.  

The Adderall High

Adderall is typically taken orally but can also be snorted or injected (rare). Adderall does not generate a high if taken as directed; However, if abused or unprescribed, Adderall produces a high in which the user experiences: 

Increased concentration 

Improved reaction time 

Improved memory recall



Increased energy

Improved endurance and strength

Side Effects of Prolonged Adderall Use

Long-term, unprescribed Adderall abuse can cause lasting effects and irreversible damage. Adderall side effects in females are the same as Adderall side effects in men. Such side effects include:



Abdominal pain

Weight loss

Serotonin Syndrome 

Heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)


Adderall Use in the United States 

According to the U.S. National Institutes National Library of Medicine, The majority of misuse of prescription stimulants has focused on undergraduate college students. The nonprescription use of stimulants has increased in this population, to the extent that the misuse of prescription stimulants is second only to marijuana as the most common form of illicit drug use among college students.

Adderall Addiction Treatment

Adderall is highly addictive and life-threatening when abused; therefore, it is extremely important to seek help immediately if you or a loved one is struggling with this addiction or Adderall symptoms. At Asheville Recovery Center, treatment specialists utilize a 12-step program and practice holistic rehabilitation. 

Services at the center include:

 Partial Hospitalization Program – At Asheville Recovery Center we offer a partial hospitalization program for clients who need post-residential treatment as well as for clients who need primary treatment but are unable to enroll in inpatient programs. Our PHP track offers a variety of therapeutic services and benefits to individuals in early recovery from substance addiction. Our day program is full-time, offering all of the clinical hours provided in residential treatment (from 9 am to 5 pm) with the benefit of allowing clients to return home to a structured sober living environment at night. This gives individuals the opportunity to build a community of peers and practice life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and self-care, while still participating in immersive and intensive clinical addiction and trauma treatment.


Outpatient Rehabilitation – During intensive outpatient treatment, clients live at home or in a sober living residence which can help keep them accountable for their recovery commitment. Our staff coordinates with local, reputable sober living homes to ensure that our clients are living in a safe place and that their needs are being met, even when they are not at clinical sessions. During this time, clients are also encouraged to become involved in local twelve-step fellowships, to find sponsors, and to begin working the steps of recovery through participation in these groups. IOP is a place where clients can process their experiences in twelve-step fellowships and support one another in those individual journeys.


Addiction is difficult to overcome alone. If you feel that you or a loved one is struggling with Adderall abuse, our specialists are on standby and ready to help. Call (828)383-0784 and speak with an addiction expert today.

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