In recent years, Florida has been one of the top states for growing rates of Adderall use, with nearly a 6% increase in the span of just one year. Stimulant abuse is a growing problem in Florida and overdose deaths are also on the rise. The number of overdose deaths for all drugs during 2020 increased by 50% in Florida. Adderall is an addictive drug that physicians often prescribe to treat ADHD. How long does Adderall stay in the system? There is no one-sentence answer, but this is because there are several ways to test for it. If you or a loved one is struggling with Adderall abuse or addiction, Coastal Detox may be able to help.
People absorb Adderall through the GI tract. Their livers metabolize it and excrete it through urine. However, it does not leave the body completely once a person urinates after taking it. It is detectable in urine, blood, saliva, and hair for varying amounts of time.
Testing the blood is the fastest way to detect Adderall after someone uses it. After taking Adderall, it stays in the blood for up to 46 hours. Adderall may still appear in the blood after two days. However, it is usually not detectable after three days.
Saliva tests can vary on the length of time that Adderall is detectable. In some people, it remains in the system for up to 20 hours after the last dose. In others, it may be detectable for up to 72 hours after the last dose.
Since people eliminate Adderall through urine, it tends to appear in higher concentrations in urine tests. It stays in urine between 48 and 72 hours. Employers and agencies that require drug tests often prefer urine since it has a longer minimum detection time.
The test that shows past Adderall use the longest is hair. For up to three months, it is detectable in hair follicles. In some cases, people who want to start a new job and want to ensure that Adderall is out of their system after they detox and get treatment may order a home testing kit.
Metabolism, age, body composition, and previous dosing are a few factors that determine how long Adderall stays in the system or is detectable through any method.
Employers often require drug tests for potential employees who may work with heavy equipment, drive, handle narcotics, or have other major responsibilities. Courts may also require tests before custody decisions. Additionally, some health care providers may perform these tests for various reasons. The method of testing depends on the reason for it and the preferences of the agency, facility, or company that orders it.
If you suspect that you are addicted or someone you know is addicted, it helps to know what to look for. There are five important signs that indicate an addiction. It’s important to seek help if you or the person you know is:
Once you know that there is an addiction to Adderall, the next step is reaching out for help. This can be the most difficult step if you are seeking help for yourself. The good news is that once you reach out for help, you have a team of supportive people guiding and encouraging you through each step. These are the next steps:
With treatment, you learn the strategies to stay in recovery. Maintaining recovery is a lifelong journey, and it often involves support groups or 12-step meetings. Detox is a step that people commonly try to do on their own. However, it is better to take this important step under the supervision of medical professionals. Detox is one of the most critical parts of setting a foundation for successful treatment.
Detoxification is the body’s way of eliminating substances. The liver is a vital part of this process. There are several forms of detox programs, and the right fit for a program depends on individual health history, needs, and other factors. For example, someone who has major depression as a co-occurring disorder may be better suited to stay in a facility for treatment instead of visiting only for appointments. These are some forms of Adderall detox.
This is an inpatient structure and people stay in the facility 24/7 until they finish the detox process. People who live with roommates who drink or use drugs are often better candidates for inpatient treatment. Also, people who have used Adderall for a long time may have better results in an inpatient setting. Since not all people can take time away from work or other responsibilities, there are other options. Anyone with a high risk of relapse can benefit more from inpatient treatment.
Outpatient detox is ideal for someone with a job to maintain, a family to care for, or other responsibilities. It is not always ideal for someone who has been using Adderall for a long time or has a co-occurring disorder. Outpatient detox is often suitable for people who live in a supportive and nurturing home.
A holistic approach encompasses support of the mind, body, and spirit during detox. This approach is good for people who want to improve their overall wellness as they detox. Holistic professionals work hard to understand each person’s unique needs and treat them with a comprehensive approach. Holistic detox may include acupuncture, massage, and other natural supportive treatments.
Professionals often use Adderall to keep up with their responsibilities. In an executive setting, they can detox in luxury. It is especially beneficial for executives who need professionals with a high level of understanding of their unique stresses. Executive detox programs are designed with these unique factors in mind and they provide a discreet and comfortable environment for safe detoxing.
After the drug leaves the body, people experience withdrawal. Since this is a time when cravings are stronger, it is critical to have medical supervision or a supportive living structure. Without support, people are more likely to give in to their cravings because of the unpleasant effects of withdrawal, and there is often a greater risk of overdose when this happens. The likelihood of relapse is even higher when there is a co-occurring disorder. This often happens in people who had a co-occurring disorder before the addiction.
Adderall withdrawal is unpleasant and can come with physical and psychological side effects. Medical professionals may recommend tapering off the substance to reduce withdrawal symptoms or the severity of them. Symptoms often include opposite effects of Adderall. These are some common symptoms:
Not all people will experience each of these symptoms. Co-occurring disorders and other factors can determine which symptoms people experience. For example, someone who took Adderall for ADHD may experience more significant trouble concentrating than someone who took it recreationally.
These are some of the main benefits of detox programs:
If a person requires medical intervention to manage some withdrawal symptoms, physicians may prescribe sedatives, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, or other medications. In any outpatient, inpatient, or other form of program, the biggest overall benefit is working with a team of trained professionals who understand addiction. They strive to create a safe and comfortable environment for people who visit or stay at the facility.
Medical supervision, whether it is through inpatient or outpatient care, is a vital part of successful detox. If you know someone who is considering detoxing alone, it is important to encourage that person to seek medical help. At Coastal Detox, we are here for you whenever you are ready to seek help for yourself as well. If you need guidance or have insurance questions, we can answer them. Our facility accepts a wide range of plans. Please contact us to learn more.