Ritalin Residential Rehab Programs

Ritalin is a well-known brand name of a drug known as methylphenidate. It is primarily prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may also be used in the treatment of narcolepsy. It works by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.

Ritalin Abuse Information

Ritalin is similar in pharmacology to cocaine and amphetamines and like those drugs, Ritalin has high potential for abuse and addiction. Abusers of the drug take it orally, crush and snort it, or mix it with water, filter, and inject it. Generally, those who take the drug to stay awake or increase focus take it orally, while those who wish to induce euphoria take it through the nose or injection. When it is injected, Ritalin’s effect on the central nervous system is almost identical to that of cocaine. When administered intravenously to cocaine addicts, studies have found the two drugs to be nearly indistinguishable. In the United Kingdom Ritalin is called “kiddie coke.”  In the U.S., slang terms for the drug include “Vitamin R” and “The R Ball”.

Residential Treatment for Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin addiction can be treated in either an outpatient or residential program. There are many advantages to residential treatment. These include the following:

  • A break from many of the common life-stressors that may serve as drug-use triggers
  • Separation from people and activities associated with drug-use
  • More free time to focus intensely on the issue
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Services and programs that might not be available in an outpatient program

Many entering Ritalin residential rehab programs will need to make arrangements with family or employers. Family members may be highly supportive. On the other hand, they may be afraid of being left alone for a long period, or feel abandoned on some level. If they were unaware of the extent or existence of the addiction, they may feel deceived and angry.

Children, especially those that are very young, may not understand why a parent must be gone. It is helpful for the addicted individual to understand that all these feelings are normal, and to reassure family members as much as possible that freedom from his or her addiction will be of great benefit to the entire family, and that a residential rehab program may be the best way to achieve that goal. Counseling that includes the family can be of great benefit.

Finding Ritalin Rehab that is Right for You

If you’re looking for a residential treatment program for yourself or a loved one, we can help you sort through the options. Call our toll-free number for information and support. We’re available 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to wait. Take the first step on the road to recovery today.