Is Ritalin Addiction a Crime?

Is Ritalin Addiction a Crime?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a prescription drug used to treat attention disorders and narcolepsy. It is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the drug enforcement administration (DEA), indicating its high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Under medical supervision, developing a Ritalin addiction is unlikely. Taking more than the prescribed dosage, injecting or snorting pills for a fast-acting high and taking the drug without a prescription are all considered forms of abuse and can quickly result in addiction and potential legal consequences.

Ritalin has the potential to be as powerful and dangerous as cocaine, a similar Schedule II stimulant. The difference is that Ritalin is a pill and is prescribed in appropriate doses. However, when taken improperly, the drug can cause the same effects as cocaine, and Ritalin is much easier and cheaper to obtain. The temptation to obtain Ritalin for the wrong reasons – whether it is to improve academic performance, to counter the effects of alcohol and party longer or simply to experience a euphoric high – is only made stronger by its accessibility. Because it is so accessible, many abusers may not fully comprehend the dangers of the drug or the legal consequences of abuse, which could include heavy fines and prison time. Both production and distribution of methylphenidate products are tightly controlled by the DEA.

Dangers and Signs of Ritalin Addiction

Tolerance to Ritalin develops quickly, prompting abusers to increase their doses for the drug to have the same effect.

The following are some potential dangers of taking high doses of Ritalin:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiovascular failure
  • Seizures

Signs of Ritalin addiction may include the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • “Crashing” or sleeping for an extended amount of time after staying awake for an extended amount of time
  • Trouble in relationships
  • Erratic behavior

Ritalin abuse and addiction can take a great toll on your health, your relationships and your future opportunities if you are legally penalized for Ritalin abuse.

Treatment for Ritalin Addiction

Treatment will most likely involve a period of therapy and guidance after detoxification so that an individual struggling with addiction will not fall back into old habits. For people who legitimately suffer from the disorders that Ritalin effectively treats, it may be more challenging to overcome an addiction as symptoms of the disorder may reappear. In many cases, it is best to seek out a safe and comfortable environment, such as that offered at a treatment facility, to undergo the difficult stages of recovery. Being in a place where you do not have access to and are not tempted to abuse will help keep you safe from temptation and from the legal ramifications that could result from prescription drug abuse.

Help for Ritalin Addiction

If you need help overcoming a Ritalin addiction, please call our toll-free helpline to receive advice and learn about treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the courage to defeat addiction. Please call us today.