Many people believe in the stereotype of the “typical homeless drug addict”. They imagine a vagrant, sitting on the side of the road begging for money so they can get their next quick fix. In most cases, that stereotype is false. Of all drug users, nearly 75% are employed and active in the workplace. Many addicts need their drug of choice in order to get through the day. Those who are addicted to heroin, alcohol, and benzodiazepines may experience withdrawal symptoms just a few hours after they stop using.

People who abuse drugs and alcohol often find themselves at a crossroads of getting sober or facing dire consequences including losing their jobs, friends, and/or family members. Although drug testing in the workplace has increased over the past 30 years, there are still a number of people using drugs at work (around 12.9 million). According to this article, there was a drop in people testing positive for cocaine, but an increase in positive tests for opiates and other prescription drugs (including stimulants).

Adderall is a stimulant that is commonly abused by students and adults alike. The drug is prescribed mostly for those suffering from ADHD or narcolepsy, however it’s highly abused because it makes the user feel focused, alert, and energetic. This article written by Steven Petrow describes his experiences of taking Adderall to meet his deadlines for writing books. Petrow saw a 60 Minutes episode about the drug and consequently got a prescription from his doctor. He began taking Adderall two to three times a week. Petrow felt that 60 Minutes showed Adderall use in a too positive light, barely mentioning the possible negative side effects of the drug.

“By the end of the story, the conclusion was inescapable: Adderall makes everything easier to understand; it makes you more alert and focused. Some college students scarf them like M&Ms and think they’re more effective at cognitive enhancement than energy drinks and safer than a smoke or a beer. A Harvard professor admitted he regularly devoured Adderall to help make a book deadline.”

There is no magic pill to boost production. There is always a price to pay yet people never imagine that anything bad could happen to them. Just because a doctor prescribes it doesn’t mean there are no negative effects of using a drug. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please reach out to us to get help before it’s too late.

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