Help for Friends and Family

Seeking help for friends and family members struggling with Ritalin abuse.

Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

Patience is a valuable tool in life and relationships, but also in addiction recovery. Drug abuse is often fueled by someone’s desire for an immediate feeling of pleasure, but that means people give little thought to the long-term consequences. In the same way, just as people turn to drugs to find an instant answer to difficult situations, those who support a loved one’s addiction recovery...

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How Can I Help My Addicted Friend?

How Can I Help My Addicted Friend?

Addiction is a powerful, life-changing disease that can undermine even the strongest relationships. It is only natural for a friend to want to help an addicted love one, but knowing how to help is a touchy subject. You must do your part to help an addict, no matter how small or big your role may seem. Not all addicts will listen to their friends and family; in fact, your friend may push you away...

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How Do I Know If My Parent Is Addicted to Ritalin?

How Do I Know If My Parent Is Addicted to Ritalin?

Ritalin is a common medication that is frequently prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. Although the drug is a powerful stimulant, it actually helps people with this particular chemical deficiency in their brain to experience calmness and focus. When individuals who do not have ADHD abuse Ritalin, however, it creates a euphoric high and the...

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What to Do When Someone Lies About Ritalin Use

What to Do When Someone Lies About Ritalin Use

Ritalin addiction is not just a disease of destruction, but also of denial. The addict first denies his Ritalin use to himself. However, it slowly expands and affects every area of his life. The addict will then begin denying the truth and lying to others. To preserve his addiction and defend himself, he will become a practiced liar and will learn to hide his Ritalin use from those who love him....

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Initiating a Discussion on Drug Abuse

Initiating a Discussion on Drug Abuse

Bringing up a problem with Ritalin abuse for the first time to an addicted friend or family member can be a difficult and sensitive situation. However, addiction is a serious medical disease and can often be life threatening. Drug addiction is a leading cause of death in America and a rising number of emergency room visits are due to drug abuse. It is essential to initiate a discussion with a...

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How to Talk to Your Girlfriend about Ritalin Use

How to Talk to Your Girlfriend about Ritalin Use

If your girlfriend is struggling with addiction, chances are you are experiencing the side effects of her addiction as well. Starting a discussion about her addiction can either be a positive or negative experience. Consulting professionals before you approach the conversation can help it become a positive one. How to Initiate the Conversation Initiating a discussion about your loved one’s...

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How Can Moms Help Adult Children Struggling with Ritalin Abuse?

How Can Moms Help Adult Children Struggling with Ritalin Abuse?

The damage that Ritalin addiction causes is not limited to the users; it can be a powerful source of pain in the life of anyone who cares about the addict. Mothers of Ritalin addicts often struggle with broaching the topic for fear that they will alienate their children, or that they do not know how to encourage recovery in the best way. However, with professional help you can help your adult...

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How Can I Get My Boyfriend to Stop Using Ritalin?

How Can I Get My Boyfriend to Stop Using Ritalin?

Bearing the weight of your loved one’s addiction can damage your life just as the addiction affects his.  However, you can combat this issue by remembering that the addict will stop when he is ready, and not before. Some addicts indeed require convincing, and they may even attend rehab against their will. However, if you constantly push treatment and other options, you are only pushing your...

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How Sharing Your Ritalin Addiction Story Can Help You and Others

How Sharing Your Ritalin Addiction Story Can Help You and Others

Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant that is used to treat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Ritalin works by controlling chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced, especially in the areas of impulse control and hyperactivity. Ritalin is highly habit forming. Many young people with prescriptions for the drug share it with their...

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Why Won’t My Son or Daughter Stop Using Ritalin on Their Own?

Why Won’t My Son or Daughter Stop Using Ritalin on Their Own?

Some parents are lucky enough to never have to see their children struggle with drug abuse and addiction, but many parents are subjected to the pain and worry that come with a child’s Ritalin addiction. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, he or she may be prescribed Ritalin. Taking the drug more often than prescribed or at higher doses can lead to addiction. If your child does not have a...

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