Caving under academic pressure could lead to addiction

College isn't like high school. You chose to attend college, and you want to succeed because your future could depend on you completing your degree program. Perhaps you have trouble focusing when it comes to studying. Maybe you just need a little something extra in order to stay awake in order to study.

It is during these times when someone offers you a little pill he or she says will give you the focus, concentration and alertness you desire. You may figure that it won't hurt to take it just once, but you would be wrong. A medication like Adderall is highly addictive and comes with a slew of potentially devastating side effects.

It's not really that dangerous, is it?

Actually, it is that dangerous. Doctors prescribe Adderall for people who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This powerful stimulant acts on the nervous system. Just as powerful are the side effects and dangers of using Adderall, which include the following:

Physical effects:

  • It can cause difficulty breathing.
  • Irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and fatigue are possible.
  • Depression or sexual dysfunction may occur.
  • Hives, rashes or other skin conditions can form.

Mental side-effects:

  • You might feel foggy or tired if you don't use.
  • Academic performance may drop as you come to depend on the boost.
  • Some people develop headaches, paranoia or aggression.
  • You could lose interest in your social life and avoid your friends.
  • Insomnia may become common.
  • You might start lying to yourself and others about your addiction.

As your need for the drug grows, you could end up stealing pills or stealing items and money to purchase the pills. Even if you don't have to steal, you spend a great deal of money on the pills to feed your addiction. If you do suffer from an addiction to Adderall, you aren't alone. Around 60 percent of those addicted to the drug range in age between 18 and 25.

Criminal penalties are possible

Another risk you take is attracting the attention of law enforcement. You could face criminal charges for possession or selling Adderall. You can get your life back on track, but you might need help.

You may want to reach out to the legal resources in your area of South Carolina in order to obtain the advice and assistance you need to resolve your legal issues.

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