By: Zinnia Healing Editorial Staff | Edited By: Rebecca Hill
How to Clear Your System of Adderall
Adderall remains one of the most widely prescribed medications throughout the nation. Unfortunately, Adderall has one of the highest misuse potentials as well. When someone is ready to stop taking Adderall, what’s the best way to cleanse the system? Here, you’ll learn how to cleanse your body from Adderall without presenting a physical or mental health danger to you or your loved one.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that works by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain that are involved in impulse control and attention.
Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, and is available in immediate-release and extended-release formulations and is typically taken by mouth in the form of a pill or capsule. The dosage and frequency of Adderall use depends on the individual’s specific condition and needs, as determined by a healthcare provider.
While Adderall can be an effective treatment for ADHD and narcolepsy, it can also be abused for its stimulant effects. Adderall abuse can lead to physical and psychological dependence and can have serious side effects, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, dizziness, tremors, and hallucinations. If you have been prescribed Adderall, it is important to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and to not take the medication in larger doses or more frequently than prescribed.
Adderall Addiction Statistics
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), stimulant medications such as Adderall present substance use dilemmas, and are commonly abused by college students and young adults in an attempt to improve academic performance or to get high. In a survey of college students, it was found that 7% had misused stimulant medications at least once in their lifetime.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that in 2020, an estimated 3.3 million people aged 12 or older misused prescription stimulants, including Adderall.
Adderall abuse can lead to physical and psychological dependence and can have serious side effects, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, dizziness, tremors, and hallucinations. If you or a loved one is struggling with Adderall addiction, it is important to seek help. There are resources available to support you in your journey towards recovery and a healthier future.
How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System?
The length of time that Adderall stays in your system depends on several factors, including the dosage and frequency of use, your age, weight, and overall health, and the specific type of Adderall you are taking (immediate-release or extended-release).
In general, Adderall can be detected in the urine for 2-4 days after the last dose. However, the specific length of time that Adderall can be detected in the urine may vary depending on the individual and the specific testing method used.
Another important factor that affects how long Adderall stays in the system is a kidney or liver impairment. If these organs do not work in full capacity, it may take a longer time to metabolize the drug.
Adderall’s half-life timeline
The half-life of Adderall, which is the time it takes for the drug to be reduced by half in the body, is approximately 9-14 hours. This means that if you take a dose of Adderall, it takes approximately 9-14 hours for the concentration of the drug in your body to be reduced by half.
Here is a rough timeline of how the half-life of Adderall may affect the concentration of the drug in your body:
- After 9-14 hours: The concentration of Adderall in your body lessens by approximately 50%.
- After 18-28 hours: The concentration of Adderall in your body lessens by approximately 75%.
- After 36-48 hours: The concentration of Adderall in your body lessens by approximately 87.5%.
It is important to note that this is a rough timeline and the specific length of time that Adderall remains in your system may vary depending on the individual and the specific factors mentioned above. It is also important to remember that the half-life of Adderall refers to the time it takes for the drug to be metabolized and eliminated from the body, and does not necessarily reflect the duration of the drug’s effects. The concentration of Adderall (and the effects of Adderall) may last longer than the half-life of the drug and show up on a drug test.
Factors That Affect How Long Adderall Stays in Your System
There are several factors that can affect how long Adderall stays in your system, including:
- Dosage and frequency of use
- Age and weight
- Overall health
- Type (immediate-release or extended-release version)
- Other medications you’re taking
- Testing method
How to Clear Your System of Adderall
There are several steps you can take to help your body detox from Adderall:
- Seek medical help: Detoxing from Adderall should be done under the supervision of a healthcare professional or addiction specialist. They can help you determine the best course of action for your individual situation and provide guidance and support throughout the detox process.
- Gradually reduce your dosage: If you are taking Adderall as a prescription medication, your healthcare provider may recommend gradually reducing your dosage to minimize withdrawal symptoms.
- Stay hydrated: Water is essential for flushing toxins out of your body and supporting overall health. Aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day.
- Get plenty of rest: Adderall abuse can disrupt your sleep patterns and it is important to allow your body the time it needs to rest and recover.
- Eat a healthy diet: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and protein can help support your body during detox. Avoid sugary, processed foods and drinks, which can contribute to feelings of fatigue and irritability.
- Exercise regularly: Exercise can help improve mood, reduce stress, and support overall physical health. It is important to start slowly and listen to your body, as you may be more sensitive to physical activity during detox.
- Consider taking supplements: Certain supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, can help support brain health and alleviate some of the negative effects of Adderall withdrawal. It is important to talk to a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.
- Seek support: Detoxing from Adderall can be a challenging and overwhelming process, and it is important to have a support system in place. This may include family and friends, support groups, or a mental health professional.
Remember: Detoxing from Adderall should not be done alone and it’s important to seek the help of a healthcare professional or addiction treatment specialist to ensure a safe and effective detox process. Reach out to Zinnia Healing at (855) 430-9439 to learn about our treatment options.
Can You Sweat Out Adderall?
Adderall is metabolized by the liver and is primarily excreted in the urine, so sweating is not a primary way that the body eliminates Adderall. However, it is possible that small amounts of Adderall may be excreted through sweat, along with other bodily fluids.
It is important to note that sweating alone is not an effective way to detox from Adderall or to eliminate the drug from the body. Detoxing from Adderall should be done under the supervision of a healthcare professional or addiction specialist, as the withdrawal symptoms can be severe and potentially dangerous.
Safe, Supervised Medical Detox with Zinnia Healing
Supervised medical detox is a process in which medical professionals or addiction treatment specialists in a detox center provide medical supervision and support to help individuals safely and effectively detox from Adderall or other substances.
During a supervised medical detox, you’re monitored closely to ensure your safety and to manage any withdrawal symptoms that may occur. The specific approach to detox depends on your specific situation and needs, but may include:
- Medications to help manage your withdrawal symptoms
- Counseling or therapy to address the psychological aspects of addiction
- Support and guidance to help you through the detox and recovery process
Once the detox process is complete, you have additional treatment options, such as inpatient or outpatient rehab, therapy, or support groups, to help you address the underlying causes of your addiction and support your ongoing sobriety.