Adderall Addiction Problem?

Dear Sir (madam),

Thank you for providing this useful site.

I have a son (30) who attends preparation school in Philadelphia for medical school.

He has been prescribed Adderall to improve concentration (for better academic achievement). It lasted for 5 and half months but at the end of the use he overdosed (up to 10-15) and had hallucinations.

We brought him home for 5 weeks and he adjusted substance-free living very well and than returned to his own place but he started taking it again for 3 days (this time he got it from on-line site)and the last day he took another 10-12 pills and developed hallucination (fortunately he called his sister for help both times).

He now admits that he has addiction problem (first denied but admitted with help of intense efforts from all family members including physicians).

I would like to have him visit a place to get best advice for treatment, either Philadelphia or NY (Manhattan).

I appreciate if you could provide names and phone numbers of the best suited site for his problem.

Thank you for your attention.



Professional Help Is Needed

by: Ned Wicker

Dear Gham,

It is good that your son recognizes his problem and it sounds like he is blessed to have a strong support system to encourage his entry into treatment and recovery.

That support network is also vital, moving forward, to help him stay healthy. From your question, I get the impression that academic pressure was the catalyst to his using the medication, and what was intended for good got out of control and he abused it.

I also understand that after treatment, once he was back in his familiar environment, he went back to using. That tells you something important.

You need to get him out of Philly and away from the environment that got him into trouble. While our policy is not to recommend any specific treatment center, in this case located in NYC, we do recommend you gather information and educate yourself on what needs to be done to help him.

Addiction is a family disease, so if one member has it, you are all in the same boat.

Let your doctor or a drug addiction professional do the recommending here, to assess exactly what kind of program is going to be the most effective for your son.

There are so many fine treatment centers, but they are not all alike, and so it becomes important for a skilled person to ascertain the exact nature of the addiction and how best to proceed.

You can call around and try to get a feel for the different treatment centers, but I still recommend a talk with your doctor.

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