In recent years, the use of Adderall has grown immensely—but not just for ADD and ADHD. According The New York Times Magazine's new cover story, "Generation Adderall," the scary truth is that the prescription stimulants—a mixture of amphetamine salts—has now become the go-to drug of choice for millennials looking for everything from increased productivity at work to more energy and alertness during a night out.
In 2012, roughly 16 million Adderall prescriptions were written for adults between ages 20 and 39. And that same year, over 116,000 people went to rehab to try to quit the drug. While many people rely on it for medical reasons, its reputation for being overprescribed and abused is growing.
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The question still remains: How can you get that uninterrupted focus, energy, and alertness in a safe and healthy way? Ehsan Ali, MD, whose Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor makes him an on-demand doctor to the stars (think house calls to Lana Del Rey, Liam Hemsworth, and Bella Thorne), says there are some natural alternatives that can work.
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He says a number of supplements and vitamins can help you gain clarity, kick butt on your work projects, and even replace your afternoon coffee habit. Just remember, he says, to always eat before taking any supplements.
Scroll down to the see Dr. Ali's suggestions for five healthy alternatives to Adderall: