Ritalin Intervention

Many parents are familiar with Ritalin as a drug that treats individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Most of us are aware of the need for Ritalin among those with ADD and ADHD to aid students in their studies and help adults keep on task in the work environment. What some people are not aware of is the addictive and dangerous nature of Ritalin when it is not used correctly.

Ritalin is abused for many reasons. Because Ritalin is a stimulant, it can create a “high” feeling in people without ADD and ADHD. It can increase attention, alertness and energy, but it can also dangerously increase heart rate and blood pressure, even to the point of death. Some people abuse Ritalin in the hopes that it will cause weight loss, and others believe it will make them perform better in school.

Signs of Ritalin Abuse

If you have a friend or loved one you think might be abusing Ritalin, there are some signs and symptoms of Ritalin abuse that you need to be aware of:

  • Just because Ritalin is a prescription medication does not mean it is safe. The effects of Ritalin are like any amphetamine; and Ritalin even acts like cocaine in the user’s brain. Many young people are particularly susceptible to mistakenly believing Ritalin is safe after they see their ADD or ADHD friends using it on a regular basis.
  • Dangerous Ritalin side-effects, such as deadly high body temperatures, irregular heartbeat, seizures or cardiac arrest (heart failure), can occur with Ritalin use.
  • Behavior similar to cocaine abuse, including rages, loud, fast, pressured speech and violent or dangerous behavior can occur with Ritalin abuse.
  • High doses of Ritalin can cause paranoia or hostility—be sure to take precautions when dealing with someone who may be high.
  • Listen for slang terms like “Kibbles and Bits,” “West Coast,” “Vitamin R” and “Pineapple.” (see Ritalin Street Slang).

Having a Ritalin Intervention

What do you do when a loved one is abusing or addicted to Ritalin?

Ritalin abuse can be a very hard cycle to break. Because Ritalin can act like cocaine in the user’s brain, breaking a Ritalin addiction can be as serious as a cocaine addiction and even lead to a Ritalin relapse. On top of that, even the mildest person can become agitated, defensive and hostile while taking Ritalin. For these reasons, many people opt to have a Ritalin intervention.

A Ritalin intervention is a carefully planned group process used to confront the addicted individual who is in denial. Intervention is a loving but firm way to share the consequences of Ritalin abuse and offer immediate treatment for your loved one.

In many cases, families hire a professionally trained interventionist to help in the intervention process. Interventionists have the credentials, experience and know-how to make your intervention successful. A good Ritalin intervention should be an event that close friends and family plan carefully but do not let the addicted person know about until it occurs. Also, it is important to plan for possible negative outcomes, in case your loved one becomes angry, hostile, or runs away. Beside the needs of the addicted person, family members also often experience a myriad of emotions and stresses before, after and during the intervention.

Here are some helpful tips for having an intervention:

  • Invite only
    supportive people
    . If some people have resentment issues with the addict, the intervention may become more accusatory and condemning than focused on advocating that person’s recovery.
  • Remain calm throughout the intervention even if the discussion gets heated and the addict is defensive. Prepare for resistance. Maintain a reasonable attitude and a firm, yet calm tone of voice.
  • Insist that you are confident in the person’s full recovery and that you will support him or her in the process.
  • Be prepared with specific examples about how that person’s drug use has negatively affected you and others.
  • Research treatment options so that if the person agrees to enter treatment, you have some choices readily available.

Ritalin Intervention Help

Before you plan your intervention, check online for books about how to conduct an intervention, or simply call our toll-free number to speak to a counselor immediately to get Ritalin abuse help. Our counselors are available 24-hours a day and are trained and knowledgeable in the intervention process and can even connect you with experienced interventionists and treatment options. We can also answer questions you may have about Ritalin abuse and treatment.

The intervention day you plan for your loved one will be one of the most important days in his or her life. It can also be one of the most rewarding and life-changing events in your life. Please take advantage of our free phone number and call today at 855-396-3024. You may just save someone’s life.