How Do I Tell My Friends That I Don’t Want to Use Ritalin Anymore?

How Do I Tell My Friends That I Don’t Want to Use Ritalin Anymore?

If you have been abusing Ritalin and want to stop, you may worry about how others will react. Friends can have a significant influence on drug use: they may encourage or discourage drug use in the first place, and they can have a major impact, for better or worse, on attempts at recovery.

Recreational Ritalin Abuse

If your friends are unaware of your Ritalin use, you may hesitate to disclose your addiction to them. This is a real and understandable concern, but you should not let it dissuade you from getting the help you need to get clean. You can try to educate your friends about how addiction is a mental disease, and it requires treatment just like any other disease. You can hope that they will understand this and support you, but in the end there is only so much you can do. You cannot control your friends’ thoughts or responses, but keep in mind that true friends will stick by you in your recovery efforts.

On the other hand, if your social circle includes Ritalin abuse, you may worry that quitting will alienate your friends and exclude you from them. Your friends who use drugs are probably dealing with their own issues, and they may reject you once you quit. In the best case scenario, your friends will support your decision to quit, and your example may inspire them to quit themselves. However, if they oppose your recovery, recognize that your health and life are more important than belonging to a social group. Once in recovery you can make new friends who do not abuse drugs.

Medical Use of Ritalin

You may be using Ritalin legitimately under a doctor’s direction for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but wish to stop due to side effects or other concerns. If this is the case, you may be underage and experience a significant amount of pressure from teachers, school administrators and even your parents to take this drug. Furthermore, you may experience opposition to your desire to quit, especially from parents or teachers who want you to succeed in school. However, Ritalin has not been adequately tested on children, and its long-term effects on developing brains are unknown. There is evidence that Ritalin can cause serious consequences, including psychosis and triggering or aggravating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in those with a predisposition.

If some people oppose your desire to stop using Ritalin, do some research, arm yourself with the facts and present them to your critics.

Help Quitting Ritalin

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