Lasting Financial Effects of Ritalin Abuse

Lasting Financial Effects of Ritalin Abuse

Many people who abuse Ritalin are attracted to the drug’s perceived power to help them reach their ambitions. Long hours of intense work, study or partying that might be impossible without drugs become possible with Ritalin. But despite its reputation for helping individuals get things done, abuse of Ritalin can easily destroy the life you’ve worked hard to create. The damage from Ritalin abuse can be felt particularly strongly in its negative financial effects.

Cost of Ritalin

The first financial effect of Ritalin is often the cost of the drug itself. As a prescription drug, the cost can vary dramatically depending on the source. People with medical insurance and prescriptions for Ritalin can get the drug for almost no out-of-pocket cost. These cheap pills might be given away to people who abuse the drug. Abusers may even be able to get their own prescription and access to a supply of cheap Ritalin.

Abuse of Ritalin can quickly lead to physical tolerance of its effects. In turn, abusers can be forced to look to the black market to satisfy an escalating demand. In this context, Ritalin can cost $1 per milligram. A heavy user can easily consume 300 mg of Ritalin, at a cost of $300, over the course of a weekend binge.

Trading Up to Other Drugs

It is common for drug users to experiment with a variety of substances. Problems with tolerance, side effects, after effects or simple boredom with the same drug can prompt abusers to change or add substances. While the new effects may, at least at first, improve their experiences, this exploration can come with additional financial cost.

Adderall, for example, another prescription stimulant, may give a more satisfying high. But since many abusers prefer Adderall, it can cost even more on the black market than Ritalin. Methamphetamine, an illegal but chemically related stimulant, can cost even more.

Other drugs, such as sedatives or painkillers used to ease the letdown from Ritalin or other stimulants, can further add to the bill.

Social Setbacks

While earning and spending are the basic influences on one’s financial situation, strong social relationships are often essential to financial stability. Networks of family and friends help keep each other employed and, at times, housed. The cooperation and support of well-functioning marriages are particularly important to keeping on a steady financial path.

Ritalin abuse can quickly threaten these social assets. As abuse becomes chronic, the need for Ritalin becomes more important than the honesty, respect and other obligations of social relationships. The damage of Ritalin abuse on relationships, especially those of cohabitating partners, can quickly make life more expensive and income harder to collect.

Cost of Healing

Even a brief period of Ritalin abuse can leave health damage that will take significant time and money to heal. Many abusers quickly learn to crush and insufflate (snort) the tablets in order to increase the euphoric rush. This practice can damage the nasal cavity physically and give rise to terrible infections. Another popular improvised route of administration, intravenous injection, can damage veins, cause bacterial infections, or spread disease.

If Ritalin abuse continues long enough for a psychological addiction to take hold, returning to and maintaining sober living will be a lifelong project. The treatment and counseling that enables that transition can be both expensive and time consuming.

Ritalin abuse is a bad investment. To learn more about how to end Ritalin abuse, for yourself or someone you know, call our 24 hour helpline. Unlike Ritalin, the call is free.