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taking control of my loved ones - June 2nd 2015, 10:02 PM

A family member of mines has been dealing with so much work in her life that she has now been taking Adderall . and its making her real sleepy and i feel like she may be addicted to them ... she is never around and she is not the same person anymore as she was before.. anyone else is going through it?
   
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Re: taking control of my loved ones - June 4th 2015, 05:05 PM

Hey there.

I'm sorry you're dealing with this! I actually have went through this with a parent, and it's tough. Seeing your parent in that state can be scary. Aderall *shouldn't* be making her sleepy. It's used to manage ADHD/ADD. A lot of the time it's used illegally to get high. I was diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, and one of the meds I've been prescribed in the past was Aderall. Aderall is a controlled substance, and is a stimulant. What that means is it will keep you awake, make you talk a lot, have loads of motivation to complete tasks, etc. It's legal speed, if you will. The only way I would think your mom would be on aderall and feel sleepy is if she is coming down off it. When aderall wears off, and this is the case for a lot of these types of pills, you get sleepy, headachey, and moody.

Have you tried approaching your mom? I know that can be scary, but it's worth you letting her know how you feel. If she is in fact addicted to these pills, I suggest talking to a family member that can help. Express your concerns to them, and hopefully they have ideas as to how you can get your mom help.

Most importantly, above all, is you. I'll warn you- if she is addicted to these pills, she will only get clean if she truly wants it. Make sure you're getting support for yourself too. Do you have anyone you can talk to? You don't have to go through this alone. I know how scary it was for me to watch my mom pull shots late into the night and knowing I personally couldn't do anything about it. Having someone while you go through this can make a world of difference.

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