Pros and Cons of Coed Ritalin Addiction Treatment

Pros and Cons of Coed Ritalin Addiction Treatment

Doctors prescribe Ritalin (methylphenidate) to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but some people take the amphetamine for nonmedical reasons, including the following:

  • Chase a euphoric high
  • Provide a burst of energy
  • Improve concentration

Ritalin is a powerful stimulant with potential side effects that include spikes in blood pressure and heart rate and increased risk of heart attack, seizure and stroke. If an addiction develops, treatment is the most effective path to recovery, and rehabilitation centers offer various types of care, including gender-specific and coed.

Pros of Coed Treatment

Treatment options can include single-gender facilities, coed facilities with gender-specific tracks and completely integrated coed facilities. There are numerous pros to coed treatment, including the following:

  • Allows group therapists to create more realistic role-playing exercises
  • Provides a wider breadth of perspective on substance abuse motivations
  • Tests a patient’s ability to interact with the opposite sex in a sober state
  • Maintains a more realistic social setting that mirrors post-treatment life
  • Creates a better environment for tackling gender bias and relationship issues

Likewise, for some Ritalin addicts, a person of the opposite sex may act as a trigger that motivates drug cravings. A mixed gender setting may be more effective in developing strategies to address such triggers.

Cons of Coed Treatment

The cons of coed treatment often have more to do with the patient than the program. Still, certain individuals can struggle in coed programs for various reasons, including the following:

  • Need for social approval from the opposite sex can incite negative behavior
  • Physical and emotional safety concerns for recent victims of sexual trauma
  • Difficulties discussing physical or sexual abuse in mixed gender settings
  • Concerns that treatment focuses too much on the norms of a specific gender

Though the above issues are potential problems, there are few true cons to professional coed treatment. Rather, it is more about the potential pros for certain people in a single-gender program, including the following:

  • Refined focus on the motivations and type of use that generally differ by gender
  • Group therapy sessions tailored by gender in ways that may be more effective
  • Female centers are more likely to offer childcare services and teach parenting skills
  • More emphasis on physical abuse trauma, which is more common among female addicts

The 2006 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism article “Gender and Use of Substance Abuse Treatment Services” suggested that gender-specific treatment is not more effective than coed treatment according to limited research, yet many females will only participate in single-gender programs. Ultimately, coed and single-gender treatment are both effective, and getting a Ritalin addict into either form of care is the primary concern.

Quality Addiction Rehabilitation

The Journal of the American Medical Association compared Ritalin to cocaine in 2001, which epitomizes the potential strength of a Ritalin addiction. Whether coed or single gender, treatment centers offer the most effective care with several potential services, including the following:

  • Detoxification under medical supervision in a comfortable setting
  • Mental health screenings and integrated treatment for co-occurring conditions
  • Individual counseling to address trauma, relationship problems, and other issues
  • Identification of internal and external cues that trigger Ritalin cravings
  • Behavioral therapies that promote healthier mental activity related to conduct
  • Holistic treatments to minimize withdrawal symptoms and foster overall health

Treatment centers strongly encourage aftercare support groups, and they can recommend local gender-specific groups if desired.

Ritalin Abuse Help

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