As one of the newest prescription amphetamines on the market, Vyvanse offers an effective treatment for ADHD disorder for both adults and children. Vyvanse differs from other ADHD drugs in that its formulation combines amphetamine with the amino acid, lysine, according to the U. S. National Library of Medicine.
Amphetamines drugs are known for their ability to alter brain endorphin chemical levels, which accounts for their high potential for addiction. Vyvanse abuse practices greatly increase this risk for addiction.
Signs of Vyvanse abuse can develop within most every area of a person’s life. While people who engage in Vyvanse abuse may not be aware of the drug’s effects, signs of Vyvanse abuse soon become plainly apparent to others.
Physical Signs of Vyvanse Abuse
Like all amphetamines, Vyvanse acts directly on the body’s brain and central nervous system by speeding up brain chemical interactions. These effects tend to overwork individual brain cells as well as the bodily functions affected.
Overworked cell structures eventually start to lose their sensitivity to Vyvanse’s effects and so gradually require larger quantities to produce the same desired drug effects. A loss of sensitivity also indicates a weakening of brain cell functions.
When this happens, brain chemical processes struggle to maintain normal bodily functions causing physical signs of Vyvanse abuse to develop. Physical signs of abuse typically take the following forms –
- Loss of sleep
- Abdominal cramping
- Loss of appetite
- Coordination problems
- Elevated heart rate
- Flushed skin tone
Psychological signs of Vyvanse abuse indicate a growing addiction is at work. With ongoing drug use, the damaging effects of the drug on cell structures inevitably affect the learning and memory centers in the brain.
Over time, these centers come to define Vyvanse’s effects as a positive reinforcement and primary motivator for a person’s thoughts and behaviors. These effects essentially alter a person’s perspectives in terms of his or her motivations and priorities.
As the addiction cycle unfolds, users start to exhibit psychological symptoms that indicate their cognitive and emotional health has been compromised. Psychological signs may take the form of –
- Bouts of depression
- Anxiety episodes
- Memory problems
- Fuzzy thinking processes
Signs of Addiction
The longer a person engages in Vyvanse abuse, the more the drug’s effects start to impact his or her daily behaviors and routines. Once addiction takes hold, the brain has all but been “rewired” to the point where Vyvanse has taken on primary importance in a person’s daily life.
At this point, users have lost control over their ability to reduce or manage their drug intake. In effect, drug-seeking and drug-using behaviors take up the bulk of a person’s daily schedule.
Signs of Vyvanse addiction may include –
- Job loss
- Missing days at work
- Neglecting friendships
- Relationship problems with spouse or significant other
- Loss of interest in recreational pursuits
- Money problems
- Legal problems
Ultimately, someone who abuses Vyvanse on a long-term basis greatly increases his or her risk of developing an addiction to the drug.