Healthy people are starting to use stimulants to help them stay “alert.” And lo and behold, studies are showing that they are addictive. It’s time to wake up world! ALL psychotropics are addictive or if you’re one of the hair-splitters, all psychotropics can lead to dependency and/or severe withdrawal issues. ALL OF THEM, stimulants, sedatives, tranquilizers, benzos, mood stabilizers, neuroleptics, antidepressants and anything I might have left out. Severity of addiction/dependency and/or withdrawal syndromes vary greatly from individual to individual but it’s a very real and dangerous risk for everyone.
From WebMD today:
Provigil promotes wakefulness without getting you hooked. But now it seems that addiction may very well be a Provigil risk.
Provigil (generic name, modafinil) is FDA approved for promoting wakefulness in people with narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. Because of its relatively benign safety profile, it’s often prescribed “off label” for people complaining of fatigue.
Some prominent scientists have suggested that responsible, healthy adults should be allowed to use safer stimulant drugs such as Provigil and even Ritalin to boost intellectual creativity.
But now researchers led by Nora D. Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), report evidence that Provigil might be more addictive than thought.
“There is an increasing use of this medication, and people have promoted the off-label use of stimulants and Provigil as cognitive enhancers with the belief that these drugs are safe,” Volkow tells WebMD. “But these drugs have side effects, and their use without proper medical oversight could lead to abuse and addiction.”