Public Perception of Ritalin Addicts

Public Perception of Ritalin Addicts

Ritalin is a drug that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a drug that stimulates the nervous system. Scientifically known as methylphenidate, Ritalin is a controlled substance that, if abused, is addictive. The general public or the society that Ritalin abusers inhabit may view those who are dealing with an addiction to Ritalin in a certain light, and these views are not always favorable.

Society and Addiction

There are many ways that society views addiction and those who are dealing with it. Not all of these views are specific to a certain drug, such as the following:

  • Addiction is a weakness
  • Someone who is addicted is a criminal
  • The drugs used are stolen
  • Drug addicts neglect their jobs
  • Drug addicts neglect their families

While these are not the only views of addiction, they are the most common public perceptions, and are frequently wrong. As is the case with assumptions, there are exceptions.

Society and Ritalin Addiction

Unfortunately, because of these views of addiction in common society, many people attempt to keep their addiction a secret and do not seek treatment, as they do not want others to look down on them. These actions could potentially be life threatening with any drug, but especially Ritalin.

Ritalin is not meant to be used on a continual basis, especially if it is being taken at a different dosage level than prescribed by a doctor. People who do not seek help because they fear the opinions of others ostracize themselves from other people because they do not want to feel ashamed. This decision puts their personal health at risk.

Ritalin and Mental Health

The way that society views an addiction to Ritalin or any other substance can affect a person’s mental health. The feeling that people are always judging you can cause depression, anxiety, fearfulness, restlessness, or a myriad of other things that can only serve to make the issue worse. Because of this, it is imperative that you seek treatment regardless of what other people will think; your health should be the first priority.

Addiction Help

If you or your loved ones find that you are addicted to Ritalin, there is help available. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator to discuss treatment options available for your situation. Lines are open 24 hours a day; please call now.