How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your Blood?

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Adderall is a stimulant drug that can be detected in the blood up to 46 hours after use. It has a half-life of 9-14 hours, meaning that after this time, only around half of the drug will remain in the body. Adderall should be eliminated entirely from a person’s system in three days. 

Testing can also be conducted using urine, saliva, and hair follicle samples. Detection windows for these tests include the following:

  • Urine 4 to 7 days
  • Saliva 20 minutes to 48 hours
  • Hair 7 to 90 days

If you have a prescription for Adderall, you should need to worry about “failing” a drug test for this medication. If you do not, however, we urge you to seek help to stop abusing it.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is an amphetamine and nervous system often prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These are conditions in which a person finds it challenging to concentrate on a single task. Individuals with ADD/ADHD generally use the medication daily on a fixed therapeutic regimen, and rather than getting the user “high,” it induces a calming effect, allowing them to focus on tasks at hand.

Because it is a stimulant, Adderall increases dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. When stimulants are ingested, they boost the amount of dopamine that is available, but they also impair the body’s ability to produce its own dopamine after long-term use.

How Is Adderall Misused?

Like so many psychoactive substances, Adderall can be abused and has the potential to result in both dependence and addiction. When taken in a way other than as prescribed, Adderall can produce feelings of euphoria. To continue achieving this effect, a person may need to increase the amount of medication he or she uses over time as the brain adapts to the drug’s presence and diminishes its response accordingly (also known as tolerance). This effect can trigger a cycle of misusing Adderall that results in dependence, full-blown addiction, and overdose.

Dependence, like tolerance, develops over time with repeated use of a psychoactive substance. As the brain has now adjusted to a drug’s presence, it is not able to immediately function without it. Moreover, if a person stops using Adderall abruptly, they will experience many adverse side effects as a result. In an attempt to avoid unpleasant symptoms, people who are dependent on Adderall may find themselves compelled to relapse and unable to quit without professional help.

Determining Factors for How Long Adderall Stays in the Blood

Body Composition and PH Levels

Body composition can affect the length of time it takes for a person’s system to eliminate Adderall. Height, weight, muscle mass, and body fat percentage all play a role in this timeline. A person with relatively low muscle mass and high body fat will likely expel Adderall more rapidly than a person with high muscle mass and less fat. This is true because having more muscle means that a person has more water in their body, and more water means that Adderall is allowed to circulate in the body for a longer amount of time.

PH levels in the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts may also impact how long Adderall stays in a person’s system. If a person has a relatively high PH level, his or her kidneys will take longer to process Adderall. 

Food Intake

Food consumption can influence how rapidly the body can eliminate Adderall. When food is in a person’s system, the body will be working to metabolize the food as well as the drug, meaning it may take a longer amount of time to process both.

Organ Function

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Organs such as the kidneys and liver and play a key role in clearing the body of potentially toxic substances, Adderall included. When an organ does not function as it should, these metabolic processes can be slowed. If kidney or liver function is not healthy, the drug may stay in the system for longer than it should, or it may be recirculated. 

Dosage Amount and Frequency of Use

The drug dosage will significantly affect how long it takes to be eliminated from the system. The more Adderall a person has used, the longer it will take for the body to expel it since there is more of the drug accumulated in the system to metabolize. The systems of people who have been using Adderall routinely for a prolonged period will probably take longer to eliminate it in comparison to those who only used the drug occasionally.

Treatment for Adderall Abuse

The longer an individual has been abusing Adderall, the more severe an addiction can become. As noted, withdrawal symptoms that onset shortly after discontinuing use can make it very challenging for users to quit on their own. 

Fortunately, Adderall abuse and addiction are very treatable, and there are many effective options available. Recovery By The Sea offers an integrated approach to drug and alcohol abuse that includes behavioral therapy, individual and family counseling, group support, aftercare planning, and much more.

If or someone you love needs help overcoming an addiction to Adderall, please contact us as soon as possible! Discover how we help people free themselves from the shackles of addiction for life!

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Snorting Adderall

A Person Snorting Adderall

Snorting Adderall – Stimulants like Adderall are subject to abuse. Some people may crush these drugs and snort them as a method of consuming a lot of Adderall very quickly. Snorting drugs also gets them into the bloodstream faster, so they bind to brain receptors more rapidly.

Adderall is a prescription amphetamine used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Adderall is prescribed as a tablet intended for oral use, but when abused for recreational purposes, it can be crushed into a powder and the remaining product snorted into the nasal passage.

It is classified as a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant and is often abused due to its cocaine-like effects such as increased energy, attention, alertness, and euphoria. For Adderall abusers, intranasal use is sometimes preferred due to the especially intense, fast delivery to the brain. Here, Adderall works on neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) such as serotonin and dopamine.

Rapid absorption then results in a massive release of “feel good” chemicals that lead to excessive energy and euphoric-like effects. It is this action that essentially becomes the catalyst for the drug’s psychoactive and addictive nature.

Snorting Adderall: Tolerance, Dependency, and Addiction

Adderall, like all amphetamines, has a high potential for abuse, dependency, and overdose. Signs and symptoms of Adderall addiction include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Continued drug use despite undesirable physical and psychological effects
  • Loss of interest in activities and interests once considered enjoyable
  • The use of Adderall in dangerous or improper situations
  • Adverse changes or problems in other areas of life such as work, school, relationships, and financial status.
  • General malaise, lethargy, or sedation

When Adderall is abused on a continual basis, tolerance and dependency start to develop. Tolerance increases as the user’s brain becomes less sensitive to the drug’s presence and potential for impact. As a result, the user then requires increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the desired feelings to which he/she is used.

Over time, the person’s central nervous system is “hijacked” by Adderall, and is much less able to function normally without drug use. Subsequently, efforts to decrease drug use or to stop using altogether result in extremely uncomfortable and sometimes painful physical and emotional side effects, also known as withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of withdrawal can linger for several days after the user’s last dose, their severity affected by factors related to the user’s frequency and duration of use.

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Symptoms of Adderall withdrawal may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Insomnia, followed by hypersomnia
  • Vivid drug-related dreams
  • Hunger
  • Memory impairment
  • Drug cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Because of the rapid delivery of an intranasal dose and its absorption into the mucous membrane, the risk of addiction and overdose may be significantly higher among those who snort Adderall. In addition to dependency and an increased risk of overdose, snorting Adderall can result in frequent infections and damage to the nasal septum and surrounding tissues.

Other possible side effects and dangers of snorting Adderall include:

  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Stomach aches
  • Digestive issues
  • Reduced appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Pounding or rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Changes in libido

Snorting Adderall and Overdose

Snorting Adderall, especially when combined with other drugs or alcohol is exceptionally risky and life-threatening.

Symptoms of an Adderall overdose include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Blurry vision
  • Disorientation
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid breathing
  • Uncontrollable shaking/tremors
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fever
  • Upset stomach and diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches and weakness
  • Fainting, loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Death

Getting Help – From Detox to Addiction Treatment and Beyond

Getting Help – From Detox to Addiction Treatment and Beyond

People who abuse prescription amphetamines often falsely believe that they are less dangerous than illicit drugs such as methamphetamine and minimize the severity of their addiction. Failure to seek help, however, can be life-threatening and receipt of treatment as soon as possible is critical to long-term sobriety.


Professionally-supervised treatment for Amphetamine use disorder starts with our detox program, a clinical process in the which the individual is monitored 24/7 and medication is rendered to reduce some symptoms of withdrawal.

Following discharge, patients are encouraged to seek admission to one of our addiction treatment programs, which include both inpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) therapy formats.

Treatment for Adderall Addiction

Persons who choose to remain long-term in one of our treatment programs will receive the very best, state-of-the-art therapeutic services and support. We use a comprehensive approach to drug abuse and addiction that is intended to treat all aspects of a person’s mental and physical health and well-being.

Why Seek Our Help?

Adderall addiction is a dangerous, potentially fatal condition that requires treatment in the form of long-term therapy, counseling, and support. There is no cure for Adderall addiction, but those who seek treatment are given the opportunity to regain their lives and live in peace and sobriety.

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Our addiction treatment center offers patients a secure, structured environment and professional healthcare staff who are trained to identify and treat the unique needs of each individual using an in-depth, custom approach to drug addiction treatment and recovery.

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What are the Side Effects of Amphetamine?

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Amphetamines are stimulant drugs that increase activity in the body’s central nervous system. They are frequently prescribed for the treatment of Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD) and include name brands such as Dexedrine and Adderall.

Amphetamines, however, are often abused for their stimulant effects, which include euphoria, wakefulness, alertness, and feelings of excess energy and confidence.

When a person abuses amphetamines, the brain is flooded with a rapid burst of the “feel good” brain chemical, dopamine. Over time, if the brain routinely receives this artificial surge of dopamine, it becomes accustomed to the rush, and the result is a chemical dependency. When this occurs, withdrawal symptoms ensue if the user abruptly discontinues use.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies amphetamines as Schedule II substances. This classification means that although the drugs have a legitimate medical use, they also carry a high potential for abuse and dependence.

Schedule II drugs are considered substances that are dangerous to use without a doctor’s supervision. However, even when used for a valid medical purpose, amphetamines can still cause significant problems.

Amphetamine Side Effects and Symptoms

Amphetamines abuse comes with significant side effects that can impact both the body and mind. The physical symptoms of amphetamine abuse are usually quite evident.

Amphetamine side effects may include the following:

Changes in Energy Levels

Users often experience repeated bursts of unexplained, extreme energy that can last for up to four hours. Changes in energy levels may occur immediately after smoking or injecting amphetamines, and about 40 minutes after swallowing or snorting the drugs. After the effects wear off, a “crash” quickly ensues.

Increased Heart Rate and Breathing

Amphetamines accelerate many of the body’s processes that are controlled by the central nervous system. These include breathing and heart rate, which may become noticeably quicker after using the drug.


Amphetamines increase chemical activity in the brain to the point it becomes difficult for the mind and body to be still. Therefore, insomnia is among the most common amphetamine side effects.


Extreme levels of energy can lead to restless behavior to the point of constant leg shaking and body tremors. This effect may also manifest as constant itching and scratching and also clenching/grinding of teeth.

Weight Loss

Amphetamines suppress the appetite and are sometimes prescribed to help with weight loss. Over time, the addicted individual may incur significant and unhealthy weight loss.

Altered Sexual Behavior

Amphetamine abusers often initially experience an increase in sex drive due to the surges of dopamine in the brain. Increased libido and the impulsiveness that often accompanies drug and alcohol use can result in risky, unprotected sex and related diseases such as HIV.


Amphetamines cause dehydration, and it is difficult to drink enough water to counteract that effect. When a person is using amphetamines in large doses, this problem continues to increase causing dehydration, headaches and dry mouth.

Long-Term Amphetamine Side Effects

Long-Term Amphetamine Side Effects

While it is difficult to stop abusing stimulants once started, long-term stimulant abuse can lead to an even more severe and chronic brain disease – addiction. As the body adapts to amphetamine, it develops a need for more of the drug to achieve the same pleasurable effects.

This condition is known as tolerance and eventually leads to dependency, which is characterized by a need to continue taking amphetamines to avoid highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

But addiction is just one of many problems that prolonged amphetamine abuse can induce. Other severe physical ailments caused by long-term amphetamine abuse include the following:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Immunity-related illnesses
  • Lung problems
  • Kidney complications
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular problems, such as stroke and heart attack
  • Increased risk of needle-related infections if injected
  • Vertigo
  • Weakness
  • Repetitive motor activity
  • Ulcers
  • Malnutrition and vitamin deficiency
  • Skin problems, such as facial blemishes and infections from open sores related to scratching
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • High body temperature and heat injury
  • Inability to feel pleasure from anything else (dysphoria)

Long-term amphetamine abuse can also cause severe psychological problems, including the following:

  • Decreased cognitive abilities
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Paranoia
  • Amphetamine-induced depressive disorder
  • Psychosis (hallucinations and delusions)
  • Behavioral disorders

Even if addiction does not develop, a dependency on amphetamines can lead to unpleasant withdrawals symptoms upon discontinuation of the drugs, which is characterized by the following:

  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Apathy
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Slowed motor activity
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Nausea and vomiting

Amphetamine Overdose

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Like other drugs of abuse, amphetamine use can result in an overdose if a user consumes an excessive amount or combines it with other psychoactive substances. Stimulants increase blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature, and all of these amphetamine side effects can be dangerous if they reach critical levels.

Especially when used in conjunction with other substances, such as alcohol or other stimulant drugs, amphetamines pose a significant risk of overdose.

An amphetamine overdose can result in death and is a medical emergency. If you identify any or all of the following, seek emergency help right away:

  • Increase in heart rate or breathing
  • Extreme sweating/hypothermia
  • Unconsciousness
  • Convulsions, tremors or extreme shakiness
  • Stroke or cardiac arrest (heart attack)
  • Chest and/or stomach pains
  • Unexplained aggression or anger
  • Extreme, uncontrollable anxiety or panic
  • Psychosis (hallucinations and delusions)
  • Paranoia
  • Slurred speech

A Word on Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine (meth) is another stimulant drug most often found illicitly that is chemically similar to prescription amphetamines. Meth is also a Schedule II drug because it is sometimes prescribed to patients with particularly stubborn ADHD under the brand name Desoxyn.

The effects of amphetamine and meth when abused are comparable, but meth, however, is characterized by a minor structural difference. This variation allows the drug to reach the brain faster than amphetamine and produces a rush or high more intensely and rapidly. For this reason, meth is considered to have an even higher potential for abuse and addiction.

And unlike amphetamines, most meth on the black market is not a product of drug diversion. Instead, it is produced in homemade, clandestine labs or by drug cartels. The active ingredient in meth is pseudoephedrine, but it is also made with a number of other highly-toxic and explosive chemicals including ammonia, hydrochloric acid, and red phosphorus.

Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction

Treatment for Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamine addiction can develop after a person prescribed amphetamines has become dependent or misused the drugs. It can also occur when someone without a valid prescription uses amphetamines for recreational purposes.

In any case, drug addiction of any kind is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that should be addressed as soon as possible. Clinical studies have found that the most effective treatments are those based on a comprehensive approach that includes psychotherapy, education, counseling, and group support.

Our center offers these therapeutic services in both inpatient and intensive outpatient formats, and are delivered by caring medical professionals who specialize in addiction and mental health conditions. We provide our clients with the education, support, and tools they need to achieve abstinence and sustain a long-lasting recovery.

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Dope Sick: What Does It Mean?

Dope Sick: What Does It Mean?

“Dope Sick” is a term that describes a pattern of symptoms related to withdrawal from opiates or opioids such as heroin or prescription painkillers. These symptoms occur when a person tries to quit using a drug abruptly or dramatically cut back.

Withdrawal complications from opiates and opioids are rarely fatal, but symptoms are highly uncomfortable and often lead to relapse or suicidal ideations. The severity and duration of symptoms are primarily dependent on individual factors, the intensity and frequency of drug use, and whether or not professional help is sought (medical detox) for the withdrawal process.

Dope sick withdrawal symptoms include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drug cravings
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Diarrhea

How Long Does Dope Sickness Last?

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Withdrawal symptoms typically begin within a few hours of the last use and tend to peak within 1-3 days. Effects begin to subside over the course of a week, but some symptoms may persist longer and take weeks to abate fully.

Treatment for Dope Sickness

Undergoing a medical detox is strongly recommended for anyone suffering from opioid withdrawals to avoid relapse and severe mental health issues. During detox, vital signs can be closely monitored and medications rendered to mitigate symptoms. Medication-assisted treatment usually includes opioid replacement therapy such as buprenorphine or suboxone to manage cravings and the worst effects of withdrawal.

Detox should be following by inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment for a period of not less than 30 days.

Benefits of professional detox following by addiction treatment include the following:

  • 24-hour medical supervision
  • Medication management for withdrawal symptoms as needed
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Nutritional assessment and guidance
  • Holistic treatment options such as yoga, meditation, art therapy, and more

There is a wide range of treatment options available to help those who want to get clean, so seek one out and make a huge change in your life today.

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