Misconceptions about Interventions for Ritalin Users

Misconceptions about Interventions for Ritalin Users

Most often prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Ritalin is a very powerful stimulant that has pharmacological effects similar to those of cocaine and amphetamines.

Even though Ritalin is a controlled substance, it is readily available and inexpensive, which contributes to its potential for abuse. Some teens and young adults use Ritalin for its stimulant effects, including appetite suppression, increased energy, increased attentiveness, increased focus and euphoria.

Ritalin Abuse Effects

Extended or abusive use of Ritalin can result in mental and emotional changes in a person because the drug increases the brain’s levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to mood, pleasure and behavior. These changes can include depression, hallucinations and delusions, anxiety, agitation, aggressive behavior, confusion and increased social behavior.

Misconceptions about Interventions

The media has a tendency to exaggerate the concept of an intervention, which leads people to have several misconceptions about interventions, including the following:

  • Interventions involve a group of people ganging up on the addict. While the media may show a group session with people screaming, crying and harassing the addict, the fact is that an intervention can occur during a quiet one-on-one discussion with another person. The goal of an intervention is to get an addict into treatment. Therefore, in reality, a person can have a solitary intervention by becoming more aware of his or her own addiction and recognizing the need for help.
  • Interventions do not work if you do not threaten the addict. Understanding the consequences of their behaviors is an important step for addicts. However, this understanding can be realized by making addicts aware of specific cases during which their addiction caused them to behave in a harmful way towards themselves and others. An addict accepting responsibility for his or her actions may be all that is required for the addict to seek the treatment needed.
  • Interventions require too much planning and often do not work. To effectively execute any plan, a person does need to do research and take the time to implement the logistics of the plan. In planning any event, a person often seeks the assistance of other resources. When it comes to an intervention, people often seek guidance from a professional interventionist who can guide all aspects of the intervention to maximize the potential for its success.
  • If the first intervention fails, it does not make sense to try again. It is true that some interventions do not achieve the intended goal the first time. It is important for people to re-evaluate the intervention in an attempt to determine what they could do better the next time. If the first intervention was conducted without the assistance of an interventionist, it may make sense to review that intervention with a professional to determine how to increase the potential for success in the next intervention.

Being aware of these common misconceptions is important when encouraging a Ritalin addict to seek treatment.

Get Help for Interventions

While interventions range from an informal conversation to a structured and rehearsed meeting, the goal of all interventions is to get the addict into treatment. In order to maximize the potential for success, it makes sense to consult an interventionist. You may not know where to start or what questions to ask, but we are here to help. Please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about interventions, addiction and addiction treatment.