How to Party without Ritalin

How to Party without Ritalin

Ritalin is a stimulant prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The drug allows those with ADHD to focus more. Unfortunately, many students have found that even if they don’t have ADHD, the stimulant in Ritalin gives them a temporary boost in energy when they are studying.  Students may even begin snorting the tablet to get a rush and stay awake longer.  Since it is not expensive and many people figure it is safer than “harder” stimulants like cocaine and MDMA, individuals may take 20 to 40 mg of Ritalin to socialize or dance all night.

The effects of stimulant abuse are very similar to those of cocaine abuse. The effects are made worse by the fact that the drug is often combined with alcohol, which mixes the depressant effects of alcohol with the stimulate effects of Ritalin, confusing the mind as well as creating possible heart damage.

How Ritalin Works

Ritalin works by helping the brain make more dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps send messages from one part of the brain to the other. Neurotransmitters have a lot to do with psychological wellbeing, and dopamine helps people to feel pleasure.  Ritalin allows more dopamine to reach receptors in the brain. Eventually, the brain will begin to think that there is too much dopamine, and it will not make as much in the future. This causes people to build a tolerance to Ritalin, meaning that they need to take more and more of it to keep the same dopamine levels in the brain.

After a long period of stimulant abuse, dopamine levels stay down, and natural rewards like sex and food may no longer feel as good. The good news is that the brain can recover, but it takes patience and support during the healing process while neurotransmitter levels return to normal.

Fun without Ritalin

Recovery from Ritalin abuse means changing behaviors and finding new activities. It may also mean changing friends. These changes are challenging at first, but they become more rewarding as individuals develop new relationships and try new things.

Many people initially feel like things were really great when they were using drugs, and they think staying sober is boring. It may help to make a list of all the things stimulant abuse cost in money, friends, time and self-esteem. That list can remind individuals of the negative consequences of stimulant abuse.

Many individuals use Ritalin to party because it makes them feel more socially confident and because they want to avoid feeling uncomfortable. A quality individualized treatment plan can help them learn to cope with or relieve feelings of insecurity and discomfort.

Another way to become more comfortable in social situations is to have sober parties or practice going to parties while sober. Individuals may feel uncomfortable without their crutch at first, but eventually they may find that they actually enjoy going to parties sober.

Ritalin Abuse Help

If you or someone you know needs help with Ritalin addiction, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with an experienced recovery professional today.