Ritalin Dependence after Surgery

Ritalin Dependence after Surgery

Ritalin is a commonly-known drug used most often to treat symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It works by stimulating a chemical in the brain called dopamine, which increases attention and focus. It is also prescribed for narcolepsy, a condition that causes excessive sleepiness and daytime sleep attacks. For those with ADHD and narcolepsy, Ritalin increases attention and function. For those without the problem, Ritalin acts as a stimulant, causing a sense of euphoria with usage.

Most recently, research reported by MSNBC indicated that Ritalin might help patients wake up after surgery. While researchers are still studying this possibility, some people are already using the drug in this capacity. Shaking the effects of anesthesia can be difficult, especially if one’s body does not metabolize sedatives well. To counter that problem, some people take Ritalin (if not prescribed to them) to overcome the drowsiness and grogginess associated with surgery. It can also help you feel much better while you are recovering. It can provide that extra mental and physical boost to get back into the rhythm of life after surgery. Taking Ritalin for these reasons may seem like a harmless action, but it can be very dangerous. Taking Ritalin without the supervision of a doctor increases the likelihood of unwanted side effects, abuse, and overdose.

Ritalin is highly-addictive. Even someone who doesn’t mean to become addicted can succumb to the drug’s powerful effects and continue to take it despite the warning signs that an addiction is developing. Signals of Ritalin addiction include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Irregular eating
  • Changes in appearance (disregarding cleanliness, washing hair, clean clothes, etc.)
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Muscle twitches
  • Skin rash
  • Stealing Ritalin from loved ones
  • Defensiveness over Ritalin use
  • Withdrawal symptoms if a Ritalin dose is missed

If you or someone you love is showing these signs, seek professional help immediately. The longer you abuse Ritalin, the greater the side effects and the greater the risk of accidental overdose.

Getting Help for Your Ritalin Addiction

Perhaps you started taking Ritalin to overcome the effects of surgery. Perhaps you have noticed the signs of addiction in a loved one. Whatever the case, we can help. You can call our toll free number any time, 24 hours a day. You can speak to one of our addiction recovery specialists who will help you determine the best treatment option for your unique situation. There is no shame in admitting you need help. Call us today and start on the road to freedom and recovery from your Ritalin addiction.