How Ritalin Abuse Affects Families

Ritalin abuse affects family

Ritalin is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. It can be addictive if used in excess amount or over a long period of time. Ritalin can have the following effects on users:

  • Increased alertness
  • Increased attention
  • Increased Energy
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Increased respiration rate
  • Weight loss

Many of these effects are desirable to users and encourage abuse, while others are directly related to negative health risks.

Ritalin Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms

The following signs of Ritalin addiction may indicate abuse:

  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Increased dosages
  • Bingeing

Another sign of Ritalin abuse is experiencing withdrawal symptoms when a dose is missed. Ritalin withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Disturbing dreams
  • Extended periods of activity followed by extended periods of inactivity
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Confusion and uncoordinated behavior
  • Cravings

How Loved Ones Can Help With Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin addiction can be hard to identify, but this does not mean it does not have a profound effect on users and their families. There are several ways family members can help a child, spouse or parent they believe is abusing Ritalin. If you think your loved one respects your opinion enough, you can approach them one-on-one and express your love and concerns. If you think you will need more than your own voice to convince your loved one that they have a problem, the best method may be hold an intervention with the help of other loved ones and a professional interventionist. Make sure to select individuals who your loved one respects and who are integral parts of his or her life. After getting several people together at a designated time and place, find a way to get your loved one to meet you there and have everyone explain their worries to the addicted individual. This way they will see that many people love and support them and would like them to participate in a rehab program.

Ritalin Abuse Help

Individuals who become addicted to Ritalin find it hard to get clean on their own. They need the support of their friends and family. Do you know someone struggling with Ritalin addiction? Our counselors are available 24 hours a day and would love to speak with you about interventions and recovery resources. Call our toll-free number and talk with someone now.