Vyvanse is the brand name medication of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate. It is a central nervous system stimulant that is primarily prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Stimulants work in one’s body by altering and increasing the effects of certain neurotransmitters (dopamine and norepinephrine), which results in increased blood pressure, respiratory function and euphoria. When prescribed, and taken under the direct supervision of a medical professional, Vyvanse can improve an individual’s focus and promote better impulse control. However, abusing Vyvanse can lead to severe short and long-term consequences. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified Vyvanse as a Schedule II Substance, which are defined as “drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence.” Individuals that abuse Vyvanse are at increased risk for developing a tolerance, meaning they will require more Vyvanse to achieve the desired effects. Fortunately, there are many treatment options for individuals that struggle with Vyvanse abuse.
The first step of treatment will be for an individual to undergo detox. Detox is the cleansing process that rids one’s body of all foreign substances. There are different detox options that offer varied levels of support. Some individuals will opt for the quit “cold turkey” with minimal or no outside support, while others may choose a medically supervised detox program. Individuals detoxing from Vyvanse are typically advised to undergo a detox method that offers more support, such as a supervised detox, medically supervised detox, or medically assisted detox. The adverse withdrawal symptoms that can accompany the detox process can be grueling. Having adequate, professionally qualified supervision during detox can help assure the safety of the individual throughout its duration. Once detox has been completed, it is recommended for an individual to continue the recovery process by attending a formal substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program.
Traditionally, substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment programs are divided between inpatient programs and outpatient programs. Outpatient programs allow an individual to reside at home and attend a certain number of treatment hours, daily, over a specified duration of time. Inpatient treatment programs require the individual in treatment to reside at the substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment facility for the duration of the treatment program. During the program individuals will participate in various therapies (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, creative arts therapies, group therapy, etc.) and establish healthy daily habits to reinforce leading a sober life. Every individual is different and will respond distinctly to the array of therapeutic modalities used to treat stimulant abuse. The specific components that make up a treatment plan for an individual struggling with Vyvanse abuse and/ or addiction will be unique to each person.
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If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
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