If you or someone you love is snorting Adderall on a regular basis then that is a sign that they may be addicted. The only reason that a person would snort a substance rather than to swallow it in a more traditional manner is because they want the drug to affect them more quickly, thus giving them a “high” from the drug. So anyone engaged in this type of behavior is at risk for substance abuse or even full blown addiction.
Many people who take medications eventually end up abusing them in some form or another. This can happen with stimulants such as Adderall, but also with other medications such as painkillers and opiate based drugs. Prescription drug abuse is becoming more and more common and by some estimates it has even surpassed marijuana as being the new gateway drug for teens and young adults in the United States. Prescription pills have become a fairly big problem.
As such, your best bet as a responsible adult is to keep medications locked up and safely stored away from where teens or children can even get to them. Second of all, everyone who is currently prescribed a medication that has any abuse potential to it at all should be honest with their doctor about how the medication is affecting them, including whether or not they start abusing that substance.
If you find that you or a loved one is hooked on a medication then you should take action and try to fix the problem. The best way to do that is to call up an inpatient treatment center and start asking for help there. They can direct you to the services that you need in order to become healthy again.
Most people who are hooked on drugs or alcohol can benefit a great deal from going to inpatient treatment. There are other solutions as well when it comes to substance abuse, such as AA or NA meetings, counseling, outpatient therapy, and so on. But in most cases the best option is for the struggling addict or alcoholic to check into a facility and stay there for 28 days. There are several big advantages to this approach over the other possible solutions.
The biggest reason is because our environment is almost always a huge trigger. We become a product of our day to day existence and our routines, and this drives our addictive behavior. So in order to break free from addiction we often need to break free from our routines and also from our environment. This is what attending inpatient treatment can give to you. After getting a break from your environment by staying at a 28 day program, you can hopefully return to your old environment one day while establishing new routines there. For example, going to meetings every day, hanging out with a new crowd of people, reading recovery literature and writing about recovery every day, and so on. If you want different results for yourself then you need to take different actions. This is why recovery is all about change.
If going to an inpatient treatment center is too big a jump for you then you might want to start out with seeing a counselor or therapist each week. This is how I started my own journey in terms of breaking through my denial. I could not just suddenly decide to heal my whole life and then dive right in, go to rehab, and become cured forever. It did not work like that for me, and I doubt that it works like that for many struggling addicts out there. Instead, recovery is a process, and you have to give yourself a chance to discover the process that works for you.
This is a really important concept so let me stress it again: You have to find the recovery tools that work well for you.
The journey to a lifetime of sobriety and healing is a very personal journey. People can help you and give you advice, then it is up to you to take their advice and apply it in your life. You cannot make up your own recovery plan, execute it yourself, and suddenly be cured overnight. That is not a realistic vision of recovery. Instead, you must adopt new ideas from other people, you must take their advice, and you must learn and listen to others if you are going to have a chance at real recovery. Sobriety is about humility as well. You cannot be full of pride and plotting your own course in early recovery and be successful with it. It just won’t happen.
So take pause and figure out if you are truly happy with your life today, and try to project where you will end up if you maintain your current course of action. Are your daily habits getting you to where you want to go? If you are abusing Adderall or other substances then the answer to that is likely “no.” You want something better for yourself and you want something better for your life. In order to get that you need to be willing to surrender and ask for help.
Once you surrender you cannot keep trying to manipulate the situation. You have to give yourself permission to listen, to take advice, to ask for help. If you keep trying to force your way through life and make all of your own decisions then you will just end up relapsing as a result. No, it is time to stand down, get out of your own way, and let other people tell you how to live your life in recovery.
Think about that for a moment: You must let other people tell you how to live. Sounds awful, right? But start doing it. Start surrendering and letting other people give you advice. Get out of your own way for a moment. Listen and learn and take the advice you are being given. Then sit back and watch what happens.
What will happen, you wonder? I can assure you that you will be amazed at your new life in recovery before the first 3 months is over with. Start taking advice from people in recovery and do what they tell you to do. That’s it. That is the whole secret to success. I know it is not what you want to hear right now, but that doesn’t mean it is untrue. If you ask for help and start following orders your life will get a whole lot better, really fast. Within a few short months you will look back and realize that a miracle has happened, and that you were not in charge of that miracle. You had nothing to do with it. You asked for help, people told you what to do, and you did it. Suddenly your life got a whole lot better. This is how recovery works. You have to make a leap of faith, you have to ask for help, then you must follow directions.
If you are still nervous about going to inpatient rehab then that is perfectly understandable. Everyone is nervous about going to treatment, until they finally get there. Once you are in treatment you will realize that there was nothing to be afraid of all along, and that there is a lot of support and help for you at a rehab center. Stay open to the idea that you can be happy again in life if you will only listen and learn and take the advice you are given. One day you will look back and realize that your life has been completely transformed and you will practically weep with gratitude. Surrender to win, ask for help, and get started on a new life in recovery today.