Making a Mistake While High on Ritalin

Ritalin is a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. Though Ritalin is legal, it causes reactions in the user’s system similar to those caused by illegal amphetamines. Ritalin increases the levels of dopamine in the brain causing the user to feel an increased sense of happiness and wellbeing. While this side effect is not a negative one in and of itself, it can have some negative consequences. If you use Ritalin to get high, or if you experience a Ritalin high while taking it for ADHD, you run the risk of doing something unwise that you wouldn’t normally do.

Why People Make Mistakes While High on Ritalin

When you are high on Ritalin, your judgment is impaired, and you feel as if nothing can harm you or could possibly go wrong. Many people get injured, because they drive while high or engage in dangerous physical activities without thinking of the risks involved. If you enjoy the feeling of a Ritalin high, you may be tempted to try other more addictive stimulants, or you could become addicted to Ritalin itself. Stimulants can cause their users to become agitated and paranoid or to experience rapid and severe mood swings. These effects can lead to arguments, false accusations and other things that can damage friendships and family bonds. You are not seeing anything clearly while you are high. You may make snap decisions such as quitting a job or buying something expensive that you can’t afford. Ritalin overdoses can lead to coma, convulsions and even death.

View any consequences of Ritalin abuse as a warning sign. These mistakes or consequences are not one time flukes, and they will not stop if you continue to use. If you fear that you are becoming addicted to Ritalin, contact a drug abuse helpline, drug addiction counselor or doctor. If you are not addicted but are worried about how you or a loved one reacts to Ritalin, contact your doctor and tell him or her about your symptoms. If you have sustained an injury as a consequence of being high or have overdosed on Ritalin, call 911 immediately.

Making a Mistake While High on Ritalin Help

If you have any questions about Ritalin abuse or addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions that you may have. We can help you decide if you need to seek drug addiction treatment, or we can talk with you about the best options for helping a loved one. It is never too late to get help. Call us today.