STDs and Ritalin Addiction

STDs and Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin is common drug that treats symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as it stimulates dopamine in the brain to increase attention and focus. It is also prescribed for narcolepsy, a condition that causes excessive sleepiness and daytime sleep attacks. However, people who abuse Ritalin and do not have ADHD or narcolepsy may feel a sense of euphoria with usage.

As a stimulant, Ritalin can produce a surge of energy in those who misuse the drug. With this increase of energy, someone who takes the drug without a prescription can feel restless and act out in unusual ways. He may seek risky behavior, such as taking more drugs, driving at unsafe speeds and even engaging in unprotected sex. The sense of euphoria suppresses the brain’s ability to control these urges, which exposes users to these unsafe practices. As a result, users who engage in unprotected sex can acquire a sexually transmitted disease, or STD.

Signs of Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin is highly addictive, so even someone who doesn’t want to become addicted can succumb to the drug’s powerful effects and continue taking it despite the harm it causes. However, you can recognize this process through any of the following warning signs that accompany addiction:

  • Agitation
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Participating in risky and harmful behaviors
  • Irregular eating
  • Changes in appearance (disregarding cleanliness, washing hair, clean clothes and etc.)
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Muscle twitches
  • Skin rash
  • Stealing Ritalin from loved ones
  • Defensiveness over Ritalin use
  • Withdrawal symptoms if a Ritalin dose is missed

If you or someone you love takes Ritalin and shows these signs, seek professional help immediately. The longer you abuse Ritalin, the greater the side effects and risks of accidental overdose.

How Ritalin Addiction Affects STDs

A Ritalin addict who contracts an STD faces a more difficult recovery process. Not only will that person deal with withdrawal symptoms, but she must also deal with the uncomfortable effects of an STD. In addition, the medications that deal with STDs may complicate the recovery process, because they may produce unwanted side effects. This underscores the importance of seeking professional help to deal with both issues simultaneously.

Help for Ritalin Addiction and an STD

If you are addicted to Ritalin and also have an STD, you should know that we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime for professional support. You can speak to one of our addiction recovery specialists who will help you determine the best treatment option for your unique needs. There is no shame in admitting that you need help; call us today to start recovery from your addiction and resulting problems.