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 child quit any addictive substance.

Understanding Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant commonly prescribed for ADD, ADHD and sleep disorders. Ritalin is similar to illicit drugs like cocaine and amphetamines, so the possible dangers of Ritalin abuse and addiction include heart palpitations, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, psychosis and even death among other effects. When a mother approaches her adult child about drug addiction, she is attempting to prevent the negative consequences that can affect every area of life, from physical and mental health, to employment, finances and relationships.

How Mothers can Approach Adult Children who Abuse Ritalin

Many emotions on both sides make it difficult for a mother to approach her child about Ritalin abuse. Some mothers feel so alienated from their children that they do not know what to expect. They might absorb the blame or shield children from the consequences of addiction, inadvertently enabling drug use. Additionally, adult addicts often place a heavy burden on loved ones. Children who are responsible for themselves give their parents little room in which to exercise authority or give advice the child must acknowledge. But children who live with their parents and rely on them financially may be enabled in drug use, because they know they will always be taken care of.

Setting rules for an adult child who lives at home can show him that you are firm, yet caring. Firm, but gentle communication is essential in telling a loved one that he needs help for his Ritalin abuse. Research options for family mediation and treatment centers beforehand to feel more confident and to remember that the conversation can occur again.

Family Mediation, Interventions and Rehab

Family mediation can be an invaluable resource. It presents families an opportunity to discuss the addiction, its underlying issues and what they can do to encourage healing. An intervention helps when the Ritalin user is unwilling to communicate about the addiction or admit that she needs help. Professional interventionists help an addict’s family and friends organize the intervention and research treatment options so the intervention will be effective. Contact treatment centers, do online research and call addiction helplines to connect with treatment professionals on behalf of a child.

Help for Ritalin Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with Ritalin addiction, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the treatment program that is right for you. Please call today for instant support.