6 Important Tips When Seeking Rehab for Ritalin Addiction

6 Important Tips When Seeking Rehab for Ritalin Addiction

Most people associate drug addiction with illicit substances like cocaine and heroin, but the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health finds that prescription medication trails only marijuana as the most commonly abused drug. One such medication is methylphenidate, a central nervous system stimulant better known as Ritalin. Commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Ritalin increases the amount of dopamine (a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure) in the synaptic gaps between neurons. Studies compare this drug to cocaine in terms of physiological effect, and recreational users often snort crushed tablets for the euphoric rush. If someone becomes addicted to this stimulant, then professional treatment can help, especially if people adhere to the following six tips for choosing a rehab center:

  • Use an accredited facility – When comparing rehab facilities, eliminate options that lack state accreditation and licensing, especially those that lack certified therapists running the program. Likewise, make sure any certification comes from a recognized and respected agency.
  • Understand your choices – When evaluating rehab programs, explore the different options to know your personal preferences. Several factors should influence you when it comes to choosing a rehab center, like location, specialties, religious or cultural affiliation, gender-specific services, language options, holistic therapies and facilities that cater to the physically disabled. Parents might also prefer a part-time outpatient program so they can fulfill family responsibilities. As noted by the Addiction journal in 2009, meeting a patient’s priorities improves treatment engagement and outcomes.
  • Consider mental health needs – in 2010, Clinical Psychology Review identified the high rate of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Consider getting screened for depression, anxiety, mania and other possible disorders, because, if a mental health disorder is involved, then focus on rehab centers that specialize in integrated treatment for co-occurring conditions. In 2005, the American Journal of Psychiatry wrote that addiction and mental health disorders may be related on a neurological level, so they should be treated together to create a lasting recovery.
  • Ask about specific therapies – Rehab centers will gladly send promotional materials and point you to their websites, but dig deeper by asking what specific therapies they use for Ritalin addiction treatment. Learn about the different approaches that facilities use, and seek a mix of individual and group therapies. Inquire about how much one-on-one counseling the average patient receives at each treatment center to learn how much care you will get.
  • Explore financial aid options – The 2010 National Survey on Substance Abuse Treatment Services determined that most rehab patients receive some financial discount. Some facilities even use a sliding scale based on one’s ability to pay. Ask about financial assistance options and if the facility accepts health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. If your insurance plan is accepted at the facility, then check the benefits of that policy, as it may only cover outpatient treatment, in-network providers, local facilities or a limited number of days.
  • Visit the rehab facilities – If at all possible, visit the rehab centers before making your final decision. Meet with a staff member, check out the facilities and get a sense of the environment. Recovering addicts benefit from feeling comfortable in their surroundings, and visiting the facilities can show you what to expect.

Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now, and an admissions coordinators can answer any questions you have about recovery. They can even discuss treatment options, recommend facilities and check your health insurance policy for specific benefits. Seek help to get and stay clean.