Can Anyone Tell I’m Using Ritalin?

Can Anyone Tell I'm Using Ritalin?

When one abuses a drug like Ritalin, he generally believes that he can hide it from those around him. Ritalin abuse, however, causes the user to change in physical, emotional and social ways and can produce noticeable symptoms. Ritalin abuse can also lead to addiction, which is a chronic, degenerative disease that continues to worsen until it is addressed.

How Ritalin Abuse Affects the Addict

Ritalin is a stimulant which increases the activity of the user’s central nervous system. If you take Ritalin in larger amounts than prescribed, those around you may notice your increased energy. They may also notice some physical side effects, such as skin rashes and weight loss related to the drug’s appetite-suppressing qualities.

The symptoms caused by Ritalin abuse may be attributed to other causes at first but could raise suspicion if they continue. Symptoms of Ritalin abuse may include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure

Ritalin abuse can often cause psychological symptoms as well. Some common symptoms are anxiety and restlessness. The drug can sometimes cause confusion and psychosis, in which users lose touch with reality.

Signs of Ritalin Addiction

Drug abuse often leads to addiction, in which users lose control over their consumption of the drug and continue to use it despite its negative effects. When addiction appears, Ritalin use can increase to the extent that other responsibilities are neglected and the user’s life begins to revolve around the drug. This change in priorities often makes itself apparent in noticeable ways, including the following:

  • Neglected personal appearance
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
  • Increased isolation
  • Increased strain and tension in relationships

Finding Help for Ritalin Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with Ritalin addiction, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about addiction and treatment. We can help you understand your treatment options and identify one that works for you. Please call now.