Ritalin, a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, is often prescribed for individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy. Referred to as “college cocaine” for being widely abused by college students, Ritalin is not addictive when taken as prescribed by your doctor. However abusing this medication may result in addiction from increased levels of dopamine that change the function of the CNS. Psychological addiction, which is abusing a drug despite harmful consequences, makes quitting Ritalin a difficult task.
Alternatives to Ritalin Addiction Rehabilitation
If, after speaking with your doctor, it’s determined that you have only a mild physical addiction to Ritalin, you have many other options. It may be easiest to switch to another medication and more closely monitor your drug intake afterwards. Another option would be gradual detox which allows you to decrease your dosage until you are completely off Ritalin. You can avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms by working with your doctor to create a dosing schedule based on how heavy your use was before seeking help. Be honest with your physician about your drug abuse so you can get the help you need.
Hospitalized Ritalin Detoxification
For more serious physical addictions, some form of hospitalized detox may be best. Rehab facilities, hospitals and detox centers all provide safe, healthy hospitalized detox. Also employing gradual detox, hospitals can also provide supervision and will deal with the indirect physical effects of long-term Ritalin abuse. Hospitalized detox should only take a few days and the professionals there will offer substitute medications to speed up the process and avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Inpatient and Outpatient Ritalin Rehabilitation
While, for some, meeting with a doctor or entering hospitalized rehab is all that’s needed to overcome addiction, more intensive treatments may be required to reach the psychological addiction. If the psychological addiction to Ritalin is not treated, relapse is likely even after detox. Psychological addiction is a strong need to continue taking Ritalin despite harmful physical, emotional, mental, and social consequences. This compelling need for Ritalin will keep the addict coming back and must be treated through behavioral therapies found in rehab.
If your addiction is strong, you need to enter rehab. You can talk with a drug admissions counselor to learn your options and decide which programs are right for you. Among the first decisions you will make is to enroll in inpatient or outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatments give you the supervision and stability you may want to keep you focused on overcoming your addiction. Outpatient programs are suited for those with responsibilities such as school or work. Both forms of rehab can be built for the needs of each individual.
Ritalin Addiction Help
One reason many addicts avoid help is because they believe rehab costs will be impossibly high. When you call our toll-free helpline, you can also find out how your insurance may cover the costs of rehab. Feel free to call anytime, because we’re here for you 24 hours a day. We’re waiting for your call.