What is Vyvanse?

Vyvanase addiction treatment at Morningside RecoveryVyvanse is an amphetamine-based drug prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is generically known as Lisdexamfetamine and was introduced in the U.S. in 1997 as a means to treat ADHD. It was originally developed as a more effective, but less potent alternative to other amphetamine-based ADHD drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. Unfortunately, many people end up needing a Vyvanse addiction treatment program.

Vyvanse is formulated with time-released properties to make its initial effects less instantaneous and more prolonged in its users. It releases small amounts of its active ingredients gradually over time, throughout the day. This feature is what made it more marketable as a better and more effective means to treat ADHD because rather than taking a medication multiple times a day (like with Adderall and Ritalin), patients could take one dose that lasts them throughout the day.

This time-released formulation can be tampered with by simply emptying out the Vyvanse capsules and snorting the drug, which many people with a Vyvanse addiction do.

How Does It Work in the Brain?

Vyvanse increases the flow of the neurotransmitters epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine into the brain. This rush of chemicals into the brain increases feelings of alertness, energy, focus and euphoria. People with a Vyvanse addiction seek out these effects and find ways to abuse the substance.

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Talkativeness
  • Insomnia
  • Grandiosity
  • Mood swings

Physical Symptoms

  • Dilated pupils
  • Headaches
  • Heart problems
  • Dramatic weight loss

Psychological Symptoms

  • Psychosis
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Hostility

Symptoms of Vyvanse Withdrawal

Like with other amphetamines, patients with Vyvanse addictions who try to quit abruptly will experience some psychologically difficult side effects from withdrawal. Vyvanse is psychologically addictive and absence from use once someone is addicted can lead to some erratic changes in mood and behavior. Some symptoms of Vyvanse withdrawal include:

  • Lethargy
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Depression

Medical Side Effects of Long-Term Vyvanse Use

People who abuse Vyvanse for a long time put themselves at risk for a variety of health problems. Long-term abuse can also result in a variety of psychological issues as well. Some side effects associated with long-term Vyvanse abuse may include:

  • Heart disease
  • Tremors
  • Panic Attacks
  • Paranoia

Vyvanse Addiction Treatment at Morningside Recovery

Vyvanse addiction can affect loved ones and friends who struggle with ADHD. In order to treat the addiction, the patient’s mental health has to receive treatment as well. In order to do this, Morningside Recovery offers comprehensive mental health treatment and addiction treatment services in Orange County CA to help those struggling with substance abuse.

If someone you know struggles with Vyvanse addiction, call us today at 855-631-2135 and learn how to get them on the path to recovery. 

“There’s more unstructured time and more freedom here. It’s more individualized, focused on certain areas you need to personally work on. Although there are different parts to the treatment, it seems like they work well together to create a cohesive, whole experience.” – Samantha S., Morningside Alumni