Ritalin Detox

Ritalin Detox

Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant that works on the neurotransmitter dopamine which your brain produces to send messages of pleasure to what is referred to as the brain’s reward center. This artificial sense of pleasure is one of the reasons that lead to Ritalin abuse and addiction. When taken as prescribed, Ritalin has mild to moderate stimulant properties, but when abused, through being snorted, injected, or overused, it has a strong stimulant effect.

In addition to a person relying on the pleasurable feelings Ritalin can provide, the drug also negatively impacts a person’s interest in receiving rewards from other, more normal, aspects of their lives. Therefore, a person suffers from two components, one encouraging addiction and the other discouraging a person’s desire to seek other rewards. These counterproductive elements also increase the risk of addiction.

Ritalin Overdose

Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a Schedule II Controlled Substance under both the federal Controlled Substances Acts. However, many recent studies have shown that an increasing number of children experience overdose, and regrettably, in most cases, the overdose is due to parents or caregivers unintentionally giving patients excessive amounts of the drug. Signs and symptoms of an acute overdose of Ritalin include:

  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Tremors, flushing and sweating
  • Muscle twitching
  • Convulsions (may be followed by coma)
  • Confusion, hallucinations and delirium
  • Headache
  • Palpitations, cardiac arrhythmias or tachycardia
  • Hypertension
  • Dryness of mucous membranes
  • Exaggerated feeling of elation
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Extremely elevated body temperature
  • High blood pressure

Ritalin Withdrawal

The period of time and the actual amount of Ritalin abused have a direct correlation to the severity and length of withdrawal. Ritalin withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Agitation, insomnia
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Severe emotional depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Anxiety

Ritalin Detox

Since the withdrawal and detox off of Ritalin is very similar to other psycho stimulants like crystal meth and cocaine, it is recommended that you seek a detox option in a facility away from access to the drug and with the support of medical professionals who can offer medications to assist with feelings of depression and anxiety. Following detox, most people require a period of therapy and education during which they learn how to avoid future temptations and cravings and how to enjoy a life free from Ritalin.

Get Help for Ritalin Addiction

If you are someone you know has experienced Ritalin abuse, addiction or overdose, you want to seek assisting in detoxing and returning to a life free from Ritalin. It is possible and we can help, so please call our toll free number today to get Ritalin abuse help.  We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Ritalin addiction treatment.  We are here to help.

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