Professionals Look for the Competitive Edge With Prescription Drug Abuse
In a culture where the population is encouraged to combat the appearance of aging, to not accept the effects of aging or to be anything less than their full potential it’s hard to miss the message. Everyone should look young, feel young and perform above average.
However, the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) prescription drug abuse phenomenon taking place in America is not a problem primarily among older generations but among professionals still in their 20s and 30s.
They are taking the stimulant medications to help them appear sharp during job interviews, to fuel long work hours and to find a competitive edge. Many of these professionals may have started taking ADHD medication when they were children.
It is estimated that 60 percent of those diagnosed with the condition during childhood are now adults with ADHD. However, with the attention given to ADHD, more and more adults are seeking an ADHD diagnosis from their physician.
It’s been reported that from 2008-2012 the number of U.S. adults being prescribed ADHD medication increased by over 50 percent in some places. By comparison, the number of U.S. kids being prescribed these drugs went up just under 19 percent. The question is, are more adults with the condition being discovered and treated or are adults engaging in prescription drug abuse?
Adult ADHD can be real, but if you are caught in a trap of stimulant prescription drug abuse, it’s possible to break free. At Family Guidance Center we help adults every day to find the strength to live drug-free. Call us. You don’t have to be perfect in order to be happy. Let us show you how to break free from the cycle of prescription drug abuse.