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First 10 Minutes…

Once the drugs are inside our body they move into the bloodstream then into organs, tissues, and the brain. This process is very fast. The brain receives the largest portion: about 16%.

15 Minutes…

Drugs pass the brain’s safety device called Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) and start interacting with neurotransmitters responsible for affecting people’s feelings and moods.

20 Minutes…

Drugs increase the levels of adrenaline, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain. Your blood pressure rises and you start experiencing a mild euphoric lift.

30 Minutes…

Dopamine brings a rush of reward & pleasure. Adrenaline triggers alertness, clarity, and focus. Norepinephrine controls all these activities by facilitating the communication between neurons.

40 Minutes…

It gives you an intense focus on the work you’re doing and based on anecdotal evidence, it allows you to literally cram more information into their brains than they normally would.

50 Minutes…

Meanwhile, norepinephrine helps adrenaline and dopamine to last longer than they normally should. Thus, the chemicals are constantly being released.

60 Minutes…

You feel like you ate no more than 30 minutes ago. So instead of food, you drink a lot of water (which just makes you pee about 1,000 times a day). In the name of focusing, you can get to be so focused on watching random YouTube videos, shopping for unnecessary things or scrolling through pointless stuff on Facebook that you’ll be completely unproductive for hours.

Important Terms Used in the Infographic:

Blood-brain Barrier: When you get sick, why don’t bacteria or viruses invade your brain? The answer is because of the blood-brain barrier. It is composed of brain cells and blood vessel cells. It plays a crucial role in protecting the most important organ in your body: the brain. The blood-brain barrier is like the moat outside a castle, preventing harmful invaders from entering.

Neurotransmitters: Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body.  They relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.”  The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest.  They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and can cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance.

Adrenaline: When a stressful situation occurs and your heart begins to race, your hands begin to sweat, and you start looking for an escape, you have experienced a textbook case of the fight-or-flight response. This response stems from the hormone adrenaline.

Dopamine: Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional responses, and it enables us not only to see rewards but to take action to move toward them.

Norepinephrine: Norepinephrine is a chemical released from the sympathetic nervous system in response to stress. It is classified as a neurotransmitter, a chemical that is released from neurons. Because the release of norepinephrine affects other organs of the body, it is also referred to as a stress hormone.

Long-term Effects of Study Drugs:

Study Drugs like ‘Adderall’ and ‘Modafinil’ are addictive prescription stimulant with effects similar to cocaine. People regularly taking Adderall at unprescribed doses are at a high risk of becoming addicted.

Over time, those habitually using Adderall develop a tolerance to the drug and are unable to function normally without it.

For someone who has been abusing Adderall for an extended period of time, the emotional aspect of withdrawal may be the most noticeable side effect. Natural production of dopamine is reduced, causing low moods and trouble feeling pleasure without the drug.

The more and longer Adderall is abused, the more pronounced the mood swings maybe when it is removed from the body. Most of these changes in the brain will likely be repaired over time with sustained abstinence and proper care and support, fortunately.

Other side effects of abusing Adderall long-term include:

  • Heart disease
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Trouble breathing
  • Constipation
  • Hyperactivity
  • Feeling jittery or “on edge”

Useful Resources:

  • • http://americanaddictioncenters.org/adderall/long-term-effects/
  • • http://www.medicaldaily.com/adderalls-effect-your-brain-whatever-obscure-benefits-there-are-its-not-worth-it-313862
  • • http://elitedaily.com/life/adderall-generation-6-annoying-side-effects-focus-drug/1003013/
  • • https://www.recoveryranch.com/uncategorized/effects-adderall-brain/
  • • https://www.addictioncenter.com/stimulants/adderall/

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