LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- They say a mother's work is never done, and now local rehab centers are seeing more and more stressed out Southern California super-moms abusing their children's powerful prescription medications.
The pills are supposed to help them "do it all." In suburban homes across California, Adderall is being called "Mom's New Little Helper."
"Most moms are multitasking, have a lot going on," Tami Scarcella, of the "A Better Tomorrow" rehab center told KTLA.
"Some people are already vulnerable to addiction, and all it takes is a little bit of something to push them over the edge."
"I went down a road where I couldn't function every day unless I took it," mother "Julie" told KTLA.
She has five children and a disabled brother to take care of, and says there is never enough time to get it all done.
"There's a lot of pressure on a daily basis," she said. "Keeping the family going... making sure everybody's happy."
Julie started stealing her son's ADD medication.
"I tried his Adderall that he was given for his hyperactiveness [sic] and it helped me," she said.
"It helped give me energy to get going though the day. With the Adderall, I was getting everything done and more."
Another side effect, dubbed the "Adderall Added Bonus" is suppressed appetite and weight loss.
But make no mistake, for people that do not need it, doctors say that what's in the pill is no different than street speed.
Adderall, like other stimulants, can dramatically increase your blood pressure, creating the risk of heart attack, stroke and even sudden death.
"It's important for people to realize that addiction is progressive," Scarcella cautioned.
"It never starts out full-blown the way that it ends up."
Julie says Adderall ultimately drained her, her bank account and her self-esteem.
"Pretty soon I realized I couldn't get through the day without it," she confessed.
Julie says she is now putting herself at the top of her to-do list by checking in to "A Better Tomorrow" for her Adderall addiction.
Then, she'll be going to FitRx to learn how to lose weight the healthy way.
"I want to live a healthy life the way I need to live it... in a sober state... not depending on something else to get me through," she said.
To find out if you or a loved one is at risk of abusing Adderall, two important questions are: Do you have a prescription? And do you have to take it to get through your day.
Another important note, if you have been on a high drug dose for a long time, stopping abruptly could lead to depression and fatigue.
KTLA will keep you posted about Julie's progress
"Mom's New Little Helper": Mothers Abusing Adderall
Adderall abuse is on the rise among mothers trying to do it all. (KTLA-TV)
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