Methamphetamine or “meth” was developed in the early 20th century, derived from its parent drug amphetamine. Amphetamine also makes Adderall when combined with dextroamphetamine. Meth and Adderall both share similar chemical structures, but are two different drugs. Understanding the differences between the two substances is important for understanding substance abuse and addiction to amphetamines. 


Adderall belongs to the stimulant drug class, and is often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Adderall can help your ability to focus and improve your ability to pay attention, allowing you to take control of any behavioral problems. It often makes users feel more alert and awake, making it a treatment for narcolepsy or other sleep issues that manifest as having a hard time staying awake. 

Adderall is a very controlled substance, and is often prescribed by doctors in small increments. Many doctors will also have you pause usage to ensure you do not build up a strong dependence, preventing strong withdrawal symptoms as well. Because adderall is highly addictive, you should NEVER take your adderall outside of how your doctor prescribed it. This includes taking it more often, longer than directed, or combining it with other drugs or alcohol. Doing so could result in addiction. 


Meth is a form of amphetamine that was first used in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers. However, unlike other amphetamines, meth is much more potent and has longer lasting effects on the central nervous system. Meth has been known to increase activity and talkativeness, giving users a sense of euphoria. Meth is a Schedule II stimulant, and when it’s prescribed it cannot be refilled, meaning a new prescription is needed each time. However, in the 21st century, meth is very rarely prescribed and most people obtain it illegally on the street. 

Meth is incredibly dangerous because it can cause severe side effects both short-term and long-term. These side effects can include:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Higher body temperature
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Psychosis 
  • Violent outbursts
  • Weight loss
  • Dental issues and tooth loss

Meth is much stronger and more intense than its “cousin” Adderall, and has a higher mortality rate when abused. Meth is also particularly dangerous when purchased on the street because it is typically made by people illegally, with no regulations on what goes into it. This makes it incredibly risky to consume because the chances of the methamphetamine being mixed with another substance are high – resulting in a greater risk of overdose.

When in Doubt – Ask for Help

Both adderall and meth are addictive substances. However, Adderall is a prescription drug, whereas meth is a street drug. They both result in similar effects, but meth has more severe side effects. One thing both substances share aside from their “heritage” is their ability to be addictive. If you or someone you know is struggling with an Adderall or methamphetamine addiction, reach out to Solution Based Treatment. Our admissions team will help you identify what program is right for you, and assist you in detoxing safely and beginning your sober living journey successfully. It’s always the right time to ask for help, we’re open 24/7 to ensure someone is there to support you in taking the first step towards recovery. 

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