While substance abuse is often associated with partying, some addictions begin when a high school or college student wishes to improve their academic performance or better manage their overwhelming workload.  While the intention may be honorable, the use of so-called study drugs to stay awake or alert past the point of natural patterns is unhealthy and dangerous. Recognizing an addiction to these drugs can sometimes be more difficult than noticing the effects of other drugs and alcohol, but it is equally as important to intervene or seek help as early as possible to prevent the life-altering consequences of addiction. 

Study drugs refer to prescription drugs that are used to treat patients with ADD and ADHD who have trouble concentrating or staying focused during normal daily activities.  Unfortunately, it has become popular among some high school and college students to illegally steal or buy these drugs in order to stay up all night and study, or improve alertness during an exam.  Popular study drugs include Ritalin and Adderall, both of which fall into the amphetamine drug category, the same category as cocaine and crystal meth. When these drugs are abused by individuals without a prescription, they can lead to health issues and addiction.

Study drugs can cause many subtle yet serious symptoms that may only be apparent to the user, such as anxiety and insomnia.  Other symptoms may become noticeable to the people around those abusing the drugs, such as depression, restlessness, and agitation.  It is also possible to overdose on these drugs, potentially leading to convulsions and death. While school and the pressures of young adulthood can be incredibly stressful, there are much safer and healthier options for finding balance and achieving academic success.

If you or someone you love are abusing study drugs, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.