Hepatitis and Ritalin Abuse

Hepatitis and Ritalin Abuse

Ritalin is a common prescription medication that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Because of the drug’s stimulating effects and accessibility, it has remained one of the most frequently abused prescription drugs on the market. Like most prescription drugs, Ritalin is tolerance-building, which is why many recreational users seek out alternate ways to get high off the drug. Ritalin can be taken orally to produce powerful stimulant effects, but the drug can also be crushed and snorted or injected intravenously.  These alternative methods of use are especially dangerous because the drug enters the user’s bloodstream immediately, instead of through a time-released capsule. When taken in this way the drug’s effects can be overwhelming.

Ritalin abuse in this manner also greatly increases an individual’s risk for hepatitis. The needle used for Ritalin injection can be tainted and pass along HIV, hepatitis B and C, or multiple individuals sharing a needle can unknowingly pass the viral infection as well. In fact, the Lancet, reported in a 2011 article that 67 percent of injection drug users are infected with hepatitis C.

Furthermore, when abused, Ritalin produces effects that are similar to cocaine and methamphetamine. A user will experience elevated levels of mood and energy and behave abnormally. When recreational drug abusers are under the influence, they are highly susceptible to making poor and impulsive decisions. Having unprotected sex, getting tattoos or piercings and sharing needles to maintain a high are all risky decisions made under the influence that can greatly increase one’s chances of contracting or transmitting hepatitis or HIV. Individuals can make reckless, abnormal decisions while under the influence; decisions that come with consequences and even regret.

Can Ritalin Abuse Complicate or Worsen Hepatitis?

Hepatitis refers to an infection that causes inflammation of the liver. Without treatment, hepatitis can develop into liver fibrosis or even cancer. Ritalin abuse, or the abuse of any stimulant, causes long-term liver damage that exacerbates liver inflammation. Therefore, continued Ritalin abuse is especially harmful to individuals with hepatitis and increases the risk for serious liver damage, cancer or liver failure. Heavy, long-term Ritalin abuse or addiction will cause serious toxic damage to all vital organs, complicating any pre-diagnosed illness or infections and increasing the risk for future illness or infection. Ritalin abuse also suppresses the immune system response which makes it difficult for people with hepatitis to fight off the infection.

How Does Hepatitis Affect Ritalin Addiction Recovery Efforts?

Because drug and alcohol abuse are such a huge risk factor for hepatitis, having addiction treatment and recovery programs for people with hepatitis is incredibly common. Getting help for addiction will greatly improve one’s chances of avoiding serious liver problems. Addiction recovery efforts for people with hepatitis will require professional help because of the health concerns at hand. Medical professionals will monitor a patient’s health in recovery by administering the proper medications and vaccinations and enforcing strict nutritional and physical activity guidelines. Putting an end to Ritalin addiction will greatly improve an individual’s health, wellness and quality of life.

Do I Need Treatment Help for Ritalin Abuse?

If you are concerned that you need help for Ritalin abuse or addiction, you can call our toll-free number for help. Our trained addiction counselors are on-hand 24 hours a day to discuss your Ritalin use and the options you have to put an end to your habit for good. Whether you have questions, need information or are ready to find treatment and recovery services today, we can help. Call now to learn more about how we can help you put an end your Ritalin use for good.