Grief and Ritalin Addiction

Grief and Ritalin Addiction

While grief and Ritalin abuse may not seem related, they often can be. Unresolved feelings of grief and loss can trigger individuals to abuse Ritalin as a way to numb their pain. Furthermore, processing grief can be overwhelming for someone already addicted to Ritalin who has not developed healthy coping skills.

Grief Can Trigger Ritalin Addiction

Addiction is a complicated disease that never has just one cause. Grief cannot, by itself, cause a Ritalin addiction. It can, however, jolt or disrupt someone’s life just enough to put him on a path to addiction.

Many addictions get started when a person can’t cope with a stressful situation. The loss of close friends or family members can be major crises in the lives of people who feel they can handle everything. When people feel they need an escape from their own emotional turmoil, they sometimes reach for drugs.

Effects of Ritalin Abuse

Ritalin is both easy to access and often thought of as benign. Both of these factors may make it tempting to use for individuals looking to numb their overwhelming feelings of grief and loss.

Ritalin is within easy reach of many people and is widely prescribed to children for attention deficit disorder (ADD). Many of those children are more interested in selling or trading their pills than taking them as prescribed. It can be easy for others in the family to divert a few pills for their own use to help get through their grief.

Many college students use Ritalin to make it through long nights of schoolwork. Taking a few extra pills, or snorting them instead to get a stronger rush, may feel like a small variation on a routine and seemingly harmless habit.

Unfortunately, taking Ritalin in a different way, such as injecting it or snorting it through the nose, unlocks its hidden dangers. While children may take Ritalin pills everyday and suffer few side effects, its effects are similar to cocaine or amphetamines when it is injected or snorted. And, like those drugs, users can quickly find themselves coming back to experience the addictive high.

Grief and the Addict

A Ritalin addict lives with a very dangerous drug. Grief can make the situation suddenly more dangerous for the addict and those around him.

Ritalin can induce a toxic psychosis that may lead to paranoia, suicidal thought or homicidal thoughts. The shock of losing someone close can be more than a Ritalin addict can safely tolerate. Trying to numb the emotional pain with more Ritalin can lead to a dangerous psychotic episode.

Ritalin addicts may depend on a support network of family and friends. However, individuals in this support network may be grieving for the same person as the addict and be less able to help.

Processing Grief in Addiction Recovery

An unexpected personal loss is a common trigger for relapse into many kinds of drug addictions. When life has suddenly become less predictable, there is still a memory, even in recovery, of a drug that was always familiar and reliable. Even after spending years in recovery making Ritalin use into an old memory, grief can cause addicts to be tempted to relapse.

Getting help from a grief counselor can help keep a new drug problem from developing or an old one from returning. Grief counseling can also help current Ritalin addicts from a dangerous loss of control.

Ritalin Addiction Treatment and Grief Counseling

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