We usually associate performance-enhancing drugs with athletes. But now performance-enhancing drugs also refers to students. They’re not the same drugs – athletes use steroids, students use ADHD drugs. And according to a recent study nearly one in five college kids are using them. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be aware of the potentially disastrous consequences.
He started in college – said his grades shot up like crazy. But he didn’t stop the drug after exam time. He liked the way it made him feel. He’d been feeling depressed and none of the many, many antidepressants he’d tried worked. Adderall did.
Now, 7 years later, he’s says it doesn’t have any negative effect on him at all. Except, he says, that he might get a bit chatty.
A recent TV news story said 35% of college kids are taking Adderall as a ‘study drug.’ One in three. If you have college kids and they aren’t taking Adderall, you can be sure many of their friends are. How can you protect your family from this dangerous and addictive drug?
If your kids aren’t already taking Adderall, the best way to protect them is through education.
Here are some facts about Adderall they need to know:
- It is addictive.
- An overdose can lead to heart failure.
- It permanently alters brain chemistry. These particular changes can also change a person’s personality, and can even lead to thinking about suicide.
- Kids who take it for study sometimes wind up taking it for fun – which can lead to addiction and other problems.
- Being a prescription drug, Adderall is illegal. Depending on the laws of the State you’re in, it might be illegal to have it in your possession, take it, sell it, give it away, and so on.
- If there is no prescription and someone has to buy the pills illegally, those pills costs about $10 each – which is definitely going to cut into other college expenses.
- About 95% of the people who abuse Adderall get the drug by going to the doctor and faking symptoms. Messing around with a drug that alters brain chemistry is dangerous under any circumstances and could actually affect someone’s future mental health.
- The majority of college kids who take have a 3.0 average – not the stellar results they think the drug will give them.
- 90% of college students who abuse Adderall – by which I mean take the drug when they don’t have ADHD or some condition for which the doctor would prescribe it – are more likely to binge drink or be heavy drinkers.
- Taking this drug illegally is against the policy of virtually all colleges and universities.
- 4 out of 10 kids who take Adderall think it’s safe because it is sometimes prescribed by a doctor.
Taking Adderall is also an indication that the person is not paying regular attention to their studies. The majority of people who take it do so during exam time – and they do it to be able to focus on study that they have basically neglected throughout the year.
For those who are already taking Adderall, they should stop. Obviously. If they are taking the drug regularly, there’s a change they will need prescription drug rehab.
If you think that might be the case, give us a call at 855-895-2090. We’ll help you determine whether or not prescription drug rehab is necessary and, if so, we’ll also help you find a good drug treatment program that works for your situation
The young man was Richard Fee. He was an “athletic, personable college class president and aspiring medical student.” He had no ADHD symptoms throughout grade school, high school or college.
When he was studying for exams into medical school, he had trouble focusing. He saw a doctor, and was diagnosed with ADHD. But if you read the notes from the doctor, you can easily see that her diagnosis for ADHD was not correct.
When you give your children medication to handle problems in life, school and so on, you are setting them up for a lifetime of using drugs as a solution to life’s problems.
Yesterday I read a news article about a woman who got her child started on drugs when he had just started school. ADHD drugs – medication for a so-called disease that doesn’t even have a test to diagnose it. It is simply a set of symptoms that has been given a name. The doctor you get the ADHD drugs from has no idea what is causing the symptoms. None whatsoever. But he prescribes a dangerous, addictive drug to suppress them.
And you and your doctor have just taught your child a lesson – that life’s problems are addressed with a pill that seems to make the problems go away.
Not only are they subjected to the many potential side effects of the drugs, anything that may have been physically wrong with them, that was causing the symptoms, is still going on, and is possibly getting worse. And possibly causing even worse conditions.
Also, as he goes through life and experiences other problems – many of them part of the normal process of growing up, or getting through life as an adult – he then tends to turn to other drugs as a solution.
And what could be wrong with that? The authorities in his life – his parents, his doctor, his teachers – showed him the way.
The article I read yesterday, about the child who was started on ADHD drugs early in life, was written by his mother. The boy was dead. He died at 21. After 15 years of using drugs as a solution. After 15 years of never finding out what was really wrong and having the opportunity to address it.
What should you do instead? In the case of ADHD, see a doctor who looks for the actual cause of the problems. It could be anything from allergies to nutritional deficiencies or imbalances to toxicity – a reaction to toxins in the environment, food, and so on.
If you don’t want to teach your child that drugs are a solution to problems, insist on a full investigation into your son or daughter’s physical health. And if your regular doctor won’t do that, find someone else. Find a naturopath or some other type of health practitioner – even a chiropractor or acupuncturist – who is oriented towards finding the cause and helping to address it, instead of masking the symptoms with drugs.
If you have a son or daughter already on drugs and would like to help them get off them, get them the addiction help they need. Contact us at Drug Rehab Referral, 855-895-2090.
Are your college kids taking ‘study’ drugs? Have they told you that everyone in school is taking them and that it doesn’t get them high, it just helps them focus so they can get better grades? Have they told you that they don’t take them all year, just at exam time? Have you been worried about it and wondering if they need prescription drug rehab? If not, you should be.
Finally, the problem of alcohol abuse, drug abuse and addiction in colleges has become the focus of White House Drug Control strategy. I don’t know if it will work – the War on Drugs hasn’t been any big success – but at least it will probably make parents and college kids aware of the problem. And it will lead to more college kids getting into and alcohol or drug rehab program.
Did you know, for example, that …
- More than one in five kids who drop out of college do so because of something related to alcohol?
- Each year there are nearly 2,000 college students die from alcohol-related incidents?
- Over 600,000 college students are unintentionally injured due to alcohol?
- One in four people aged 18 through 34 binge drink – five drinks or more in one sitting?
- Alcohol is involved in 90% of college rapes?
- 70% of college kids say they had unplanned sex because of alcohol and that 20% did not use protection?
- 22.9% of college students meet the medical definition for alcohol or drug abuse or dependence. The rest of the population averages 8.5%.
- That the number of kids using prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet non-medically is rising dramatically?
- That more than 20% of college kids use Adderall as a study drug or to party?
- That 90% of the students who use Adderall also binge drink and are heavy drinkers?
- That full-time college students who use Adderall are 3 times more likely to use marijuana, 8 times more likely to use cocaine, 8 times more likely to use tranquilizers, and 5 times more likely to use pain relievers?
This is pretty serious stuff – and not at all what parents had in mind when they sent their kids off to college with the money the family had been saving for years.
These kids aren’t just having a good time – they are doing things that are very dangerous.
If you have a son or daughter that’s drinking or taking drugs, don’t take it lightly. It’s easy to think that something bad won’t happen to your kid, or that your kid’s drinking or drug taking won’t get worse – some parents even think that going to college will straighten them out. But, statistically, that’s just not true. Get them through a drug rehab program – they also address alcohol – before they go to college. A good program will help them resist the temptation when college comes around.
And, remember, 25% of college students say that drinking alcohol has adversely affected their performance as a student. Don’t be afraid to take your college kid out of college for a while to sort them out. They have far more chance of getting the education and having the future both they and you envisioned.
A California judge is fed up with Lindsay Lohan’s inability to comply with her probation requirements. Lindsay got into trouble in 2007 for a number of offenses. She drove drunk twice, had cocaine in her system and drove recklessly.
Lindsay is no stranger at this point to the world of alcohol and drugs, or the court system. She was put on probation for a three year period and has been wearing an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet since May, and well before that, ordered by the court to attend alcohol treatment classes. But, she keeps pushing her luck. She’s been caught drinking with the alcohol bracelet on and she’s missed several of her treatment classes.
Well, it looks like her luck ran out. She’s been sentenced to 90 days in jail and has to go to an in-patient drug rehab program. When the judge came down with that sentence, Lindsay started to cry and plead with the court not to do that to her, but it was too little, too late. The judge basically looked at the apology as insincere and the tears as those of a crocodile.
News has also surfaced about Lindsay being prescribed a very strong painkiller called Dilaudid. This is a drug that has been compared to morphine and even heroin. She’s also prescribed Ambien (to help her sleep) and Adderall (to combat anxiety). There are too many bright, young stars being prescribed whatever drugs they want with tragic outcomes like overdose and death.
Honestly, I think the judge is doing right by Lindsay to up the ante in terms of her consequences. So far, probation and an alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet haven’t worked. And, with doctors being willing to prescribe whatever drugs she wants, coupled with the idea that she’s basically untouchable, she obviously doesn’t have a clue about responsible behavior and moral values. If she’s not willing to help herself, the law will.
Hopefully she actually dives into the drug rehab program portion of sentence and gets a clue. It would be awful if she wound up dead like so many of our favorite celebs and singers in recent years.
Prescription Drugs: Does Telling Your Teen That “Drugs Will Make You Stupid” Really Communicate The Dangers Involved?
In the past, we would hear about the dangers of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other street drugs, but more and more, we’re hearing about illicit use of prescription drugs. And, this illicit use is happening in our schools and with our children everyday. In fact, it’s the fastest growing category of drug abuse, and when I say growing, I mean it’s becoming an epidemic! With this in mind, it’s extremely important that you understand what’s going on with prescription drugs and the dangers involved, if you don’t want to wind up in drug rehab in the future.
When I say prescription drugs, I’m referring to drugs like prescription painkillers (Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocent), prescription stimulants (Ritalin and Adderall), anti-anxiety drugs (Valium and Xanax) and prescription sleep aids (Ambien). All of these drugs can have physical and mental affects on teens along with a high chance for addiction problems.
The drugs that I mentioned are all highly addictive and can cause physical dependence issues. Because this is possible, drug detox and drug rehab may be required in order to help a person stop taking them.
In teens, the use of these drugs can cause their brain to stop growing. And, with most teens being unaware of the dangers involved, they think it’s ok to experiment with them. It’s important to educate kids about what can happen to them. It’s also important for us, as parents, to be educated, especially if doctors want to put kids on drug therapies for attention disorders, anxiety or depression.
Kids get a hold of these drugs not only from their friends, but from their parents’ medicine cabinets. It’s important to stay alert to this and make sure that prescriptions don’t fall into the wrong hands.
Another factor that can perpetuate this, is kids seeing their parents taking prescription drugs. They think it’s not dangerous because, if their parents are taking them, it must not be bad. The same goes for alcohol abuse if you, if kids see their parents drinking, especially abusing alcohol, there’s a good chance that they will drink.
Have you had enough of a drug problem of your own or perhaps a drug problem that a loved one is going through? Call us at Drug Rehab Referral to find a successful alcohol or drug rehab program. We help people get through this every day!