Ritalin Recovery Support

Ritalin, a methyphenidate, is a stimulant similar to amphetamines. Ritalin is commonly prescribed for the maintenance of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) both in adults and children. It is prescribed in 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg doses, and its production is strictly monitored and limited because of its status as a highly addictive, Schedule II drug. Even people using the drug legally may find themselves addicted to Ritalin, but often for causes other than ADD maintenance.

Causes of Ritalin Abuse

Like addiction to amphetamines, addiction to methyphenidates like Ritalin may have abuse paths outside typical recreational abuse. Addiction to Ritalin may begin with regular use to achieve the following effects:

  • Increase alertness—some students will abuse Ritalin in order to focus longer and more intensely during their study hours, while travelers may abuse the drug in order to drive for longer periods before feeling sleepy.
  • Lose weight—some people abuse Ritalin as an appetite depressant.
  • Increase alcohol consumption—some party-goers will abuse Ritalin in order to increase the amount of alcohol they can consume before passing out. This is a particularly dangerous misuse of the drug.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Ritalin Addiction

Using Ritalin for the above purposes may hide deeper issues. Negative emotions as a result of increased stress at work or school may press a person to begin abusing Ritalin in order to increase performance in these arenas. A person struggling with weight-loss might mask deeper psychological issues as they abuse Ritalin for its appetite suppressing capability. In such instances, Ritalin addiction cannot be overcome by simply treating the physical effects of the addiction.

In a process called dual diagnosis, a treatment professional can assist a person recovering from Ritalin addiction who is also suffering from a psychological disorder. Because Ritalin withdrawal symptoms may be emotionally difficult, a treatment center or physician who treats both the drug addiction as well as maintaining a healthy treatment of someone’s previous medical history may be best equipped to help a person seeking recovery. Some Ritalin withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Disturbing dreams
  • Sleep problems—both insomnia and hypersomnia
  • Increased appetite and weight gain
  • Depression
  • Cravings

Finding Treatment Centers for Ritalin Abuse

Ritalin addiction may occur unexpectedly, but don’t be caught off-guard when considering Ritalin rehab options. If you or a loved one suspects Ritalin addiction, let us help treat both sides of addiction. Please call our toll-free number now for Ritalin addiction help; we’re available 24 hours a day to help you take the first steps toward recovery.