Has Your Adderall Use Gone Too Far?

One might think of a stimulant addict to be an individual that needs them to make it through multiple, low-wage jobs that require motivation to do boring tasks. That is just what makes workers in finance, tech, business, and the arts alike abuse Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta — make it through the flood of tasks to gain a competitive advantage and keep up.

College Abuse Turns to Employment Abuse

One in six college students misuse stimulant medication for purposes of enhancing performance so, to some, continued use at work makes sense; why change successful habits after graduation? It should be no surprise many in competitive fields turn to stimulants. Achieving in college worked this way so why change that?

When you work, especially in a good and competitive field, you don’t get long after-exam breaks to rest up and recover. Sure, you could take a vacation, but the nature of these sorts of careers don’t allow for much vacation time if you want to get (and stay) ahead.

Is There a Problem?

After college, the risk that occasional as-needed amphetamine use will degrade into dependence and addiction is high. Like any other drug, alcohol, or gambling addict it’s too easy to say “I’m not like them,” “I have it under control,” or “I don’t need it, I can stop whenever.” However, when misuse becomes addiction and dependence the denial is far too powerful for reason to make its way into the brain. The following are questions to ask yourself or a fellow employee you are concerned about:

  • Do you now use it socially?
  • Do you use it routinely?
  • Do you have rituals of misuse you can’t do without?
  • Do you believe your success depends on pills?
  • Are you afraid not to use it?
  • Do you believe that you need to use it to compete in your field?
  • Are you ashamed and keep it private from non-users?

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