Can I Quit Ritalin On My Own?

Ritalin is a brand name for the drug methylphenidate. Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder characterized by the uncontrollable desire to sleep. Like other drugs associated with heightened focus and increased attention span, Ritalin is often taken and sometimes abused by individuals who feel it allows them to perform better academically or professionally or for the “high” they feel when on the drug. In these cases, Ritalin is usually taken in higher doses than would be recommended by a doctor. This type of excessive use leads quickly to tolerance and dependence.

Ritalin Addiction Is Hard to Defeat

You can beat addiction, and you can live a drug-free life. The question is, can you do it on your own and should you try? The answer is no. Attempting to quit using a drug that you’ve become dependent upon is not only extremely dangerous but also rarely successful. Those who abuse Ritalin often begin to feel that they must have the drug in order to function, and their physical and psychological dependence may be at such a degree that makes this need true. It is all the more reason why, if you’re addicted to Ritalin, you should not try to quit on your own and instead get help. Trying to quit on your own can be a discouraging and futile exercise which serves only to continue the cycle of addiction.

Physical Dangers of Quitting Ritalin Alone

When the body has become used to having a drug like Ritalin in its system, it reacts negatively to being deprived of it. This reaction is known as withdrawal. Ritalin withdrawal symptoms are generally not severe enough to threaten personal health, but they can be quite uncomfortable. Symptoms can be uncomfortable enough to make users feel they have no choice but to get back on Ritalin. This is the main reason why attempting to quit on your own is usually unsuccessful. The physical effects of withdrawal can make even the most strong-willed person return to their old patterns of drug use.

Get Help and Defeat Ritalin Addiction

If you are addicted to Ritalin and want to quit safely and successfully, we can help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with a representative who can help find the treatment that’s right for you. Many have been discouraged by failed attempts to quit drugs on their own. Choose the path to successful recovery, call and get help today.