Support Groups for Ritalin Addiction

The most frequently prescribed stimulant drug for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is Ritalin. In the United States, a significant number of children (estimates are up to five million) receive a daily dose of Ritalin. In the 1980s, Ritalin was perceived as a wonder drug when the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder were increasingly recognized in the mainstream, including:

  • Lack of attention
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Inability to focus

As with many psychostimulant drugs, however, the effects of Ritalin wear off when the drug wears off, so children are only receiving benefits for a limited period of time. So it becomes a balancing act between how much Ritalin a child may need and the potential for overuse or Ritalin abuse.

Characteristics of Support Groups

Probably the primary reason a person considers going to a support group is because they will be in the company of people who share a common condition. In the case of Ritalin addiction, attendees of the support group meetings are the addicts themselves as well as their family members and loved ones.

It is very important that you find a support group that meets your needs and “feels” right. Typically, you want to find a support group that has:

  • Strong leadership
  • A clearly stated “confidentiality” policy
  • Regular meetings or newsletters
  • Current, reliable information
  • Access to appropriate professional advisors (for example, doctors, therapists for grief support, or employment attorneys for workplace discrimination)

Benefits of Ritalin Support Groups

At a Ritalin recovery support group meeting, people give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as exchange information. For most people, these meeting are a valuable resource for recovering from Ritalin and staying drug free. Typically meetings include information about:

  • Medical research about Ritalin
  • Treatment options
  • Relapse prevention
  • Financial, housing, and employment resources
  • Legal information to maintain privacy and prevent discrimination

Often this information is available through brochures, booklets, websites, telephone helplines, and person-to-person sharing in the group meetings.

Knowing that other people understand and have lived through addiction as well can be very comforting, especially in the early stages of recovery. Support group members can really relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling like you are alone.

The confidentiality aspect of the meetings allows people to vent without judgment. Many who attend successful support group meetings feel that they are given an environment that allows them to:

  • Heal emotionally
  • Avoid Ritalin relapse
  • Establish a network of resources
  • Assist in building confidence and social skills
  • Exchange feelings and ideas
  • Develop healthy relationships
  • Increase awareness

Finding a Support Group

You have many resources to use to find a support group:

  • Ask your doctor for suggestions
  • The mental health staff at the rehabilitation center might recommend options based on how you interacted within the treatment center
  • Check online resources

Learn More About Support Groups for Ritalin Addiction

If you need assistance finding the right Ritalin abuse help support group for your Ritalin addiction, call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about Ritalin addiction support groups. We are here to help.