I am an alcoholic who was also addicted to Vicodin, Xanax and clonodine. I have been clean and sober for 23 months and I have just been diagnosed with ADHD for which my pyschatrist wants to put me on Adderall. I hear about people getting addicted and wonder what the dangers are for being addicted again?
Hi, thank you for writing in
I can share with you my own personal opinions about using Adderall while in recovery, but keep in mind that I am not a doctor and that you should ultimately make this decision with your psychiatrist.
I personally believe, as do many people, that Adderall is very addictive. It can be abused easily, and it is not something that I would ever choose to take if I could avoid it. For me, Adderall is way too similar to drugs that I used to do and I also abused Adderall, so it would never be a safe drug for me to use, even as prescribed. You didn't list Adderall or any kind of stimulants as drugs that you abused, but I would still be cautious about taking it.
Sometimes there are certain medications that we have to take, whether we are in recovery or not. Is Adderall something you really need, or are you functioning okay without it? The other option is to talk to your psychiatrist about non-stimulant ADHD medicines. They are sometimes considered much safer and much less likely to be abused.
Again, this is just based on my own personal experiences. I have seen people in recovery relapse on prescribed drugs, Adderall included. Does that mean you shouldn't take it? No. It's really going to be based on how you feel about it and how your psychiatrist feels. Make sure you discuss your history of addiction with your psychiatrist before he/she prescribes anything.
I hope this was helpful. Feel feel to write back in with any comments or questions. Thanks!