Study Drugs: Does This Sound Like Your Daughter?
If you’re thinking that all the college kids taking Adderall and other stimulants as study drugs are sincerely trying to get more out of their education, check out the recent statement made by a University of Massachusetts sophomore:
“I love Adderall,” she said. “I love it. I can write papers in, like, an hour and a half; I don’t eat all day and then I’ll smoke weed, get really retarded, and it’s so fun.”
When asked if she was worried about it being habit forming, she replied that she was not. “If I had a test, I’d take it a couple times a week,” she said. “But if not then I’d smoke weed a lot.”
I would bet that the parents who read the news story the above quotes come from are probably hoping desperately that this is not their daughter.
A director in the Student Health Services at the university tells us how she would deal with the situation: “I would say that using a drug to get your work done and then not eating might not be the healthiest way to go about doing something,” she said. “And then crashing from the use of the pills because, if you only use it sporadically, then yes, there’s a crash and that has some health consequences. And then if you’re going to follow that up by smoking marijuana, that has consequences.”
Yeah, that’s probably not the healthiest way to go about doing something.
As a parent, I would expect a more aggressive approach. In fact, if my daughter went to that school, I’d be on my way there right now to find out if she is involved in taking these drugs. And if she was, I’d be getting her some very good addiction help that would get to the bottom of why she is using drugs as a solution to problems in life.
She may not be addicted yet, but if she sees drugs as a solution, she is likely to continue using them as she gets older and could eventually have a serious and dangerous problem. Now is the time for drug rehab.