Autoimmune Disorders and Ritalin Addiction

Autoimmune Disorders and Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin is a prescription medication that treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but abusing this drug can lead to and worsen autoimmune disorders. It stimulates the brain to increase concentration, impulse control and decision-making, so many students abuse it to enhance academic performance. Others use it to lose weight, because it is an appetite suppressant, but any drug abuse is dangerous. In fact, Ritalin abuse is especially dangerous, because it is highly addictive. When crushed and snorted it mimics the effects of cocaine. Also, tolerance and dependence quickly develop with Ritalin abuse, and addiction may cause any of the following issues:

  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Flushing
  • High blood pressure
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting

People who abuse Ritalin increase their risk of addiction, which may cause the following problems:

  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal when the medication is discontinued
  • Taking the drug in ways and doses other than as prescribed
  • Preoccupation with acquiring the drug
  • Social isolation resulting from increased use

Ritalin addiction is a dangerous condition that is treatable with professional help. The earlier an addiction is identified the easier it can be to break.

How Autoimmune Disorders Complicate Recovery

The immune system is a network of specialized cells that defend the body from germs and other foreign substances. When the body cannot differentiate between healthy and sick tissues, it sometimes attacks itself, which is called an autoimmune disease. Of the more than 80 known autoimmune disorders, almost all are chronic, which means they can only be managed, not cured. Autoimmune disorders include the following examples:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Chronic illness affects far more than just physical health. The toll it takes on a patient’s psychological, relational and spiritual well-being can be devastating, especially for people who feel robbed of their freedom and vitality. Common emotional responses to a long-term illness include the following ones:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Hopelessness

A desire to escape intense emotions leads some people to abuse Ritalin, because at high doses the drug boosts “feel good” neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin that minimize negative feelings. However, when the high wears off, serotonin and dopamine levels fall, sometimes to lower levels than before, which means users feel even worse after the high wears off. Rehab addresses these problems as it teaches many people ways to cope with chronic illness. They also provide guidance that connects users with long-term support and community.

Help for Ritalin Addiction and Autoimmune Disorders

If you or someone you love struggles with Ritalin abuse and an autoimmune disorder, you are not alone. Admissions coordinators at our toll free, 24-hour helpline can guide you to wellness. You never have to return to a life of addiction, so please call us now to start your recovery.