Ritalin Rehab 101

When looking for a Ritalin addiction rehab program to enroll in, it is important that the facility you choose is certified. Both the rehab treatment center and its employees should have certain credentials. All rehab facilities should receive official sanction from one or more of the following national accrediting organizations:

  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  • The All-States
  • The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine

Examples of staff member accreditations include the following:

  • Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC)
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC)
  • Lead counselors should be MSW or LCSW level or higher

To get the best picture possible of your Ritalin addiction treatment facility, there are some questions you can ask. Ask if you can take a tour of the facility. Look for cleanliness, hygiene and comfort. Ask if the treatment center will help you contact a former patient to get the inside scoop on how this individual facility treats its recovering addicts. Ask about the rules and regulations for visitations. Support from friends and family will be invaluable for a person recovering from Ritalin addiction.

Ritalin Detoxification

Before Ritalin detox begins, a patient will be questioned about Ritalin dosage, frequency and duration of use and personal health questions. These answers will help medical professionals provide the best detox services, so answers should be as honest as possible. Most Ritalin detox will last three to five days. Detox from severe Ritalin addictions may take up to a week. Feelings of depression or anxiety sometimes accompany Ritalin detox, so all detox should be medically supervised. Natural withdrawal or “cold turkey” detox can be avoided by using the tapering method. Gradual detox is often used to slowly take a patient off Ritalin dose by dose. This will prevent many withdrawal symptoms of Ritalin.

Ritalin Addiction Treatment and Therapy Options

Ritalin addiction is considered a chronic disease, and treatment should be geared to address it as such. A large part of Ritalin addiction is psychological, so Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a good way to help change old habits. Group and private therapy will deal with the social aspects of Ritalin addiction and provide empathy and support. Dual Diagnosis is effective for those suffering from a mental health issue along with Ritalin addiction. One of the most important things you can do to overcome an addiction to Ritalin is to continue therapy even after being discharged from a treatment facility. Aftercare may last anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months or be a solid support group you stay in contact with for your whole life. Aftercare is a great way to prevent relapse.

More about Ritalin Rehabilitation

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