Things You Might Not Know About Ritalin

Ritalin was first commercially used in 1957 to treat chronic fatigue, depression, narcolepsy and as a stimulant to offset the sedative effects of other medication. Research focused on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the 60s and 70s found Ritalin to be effective in managing this disorder. Between 1991 and 1999 Ritalin sales increased an incredible 500%. Ritalin has become heavily regulated by the DEA because of its high potential for abuse.

Ritalin is almost chemically identical to cocaine. When the drug is used without a prescription or is used in an abusive manner such as snorting, injecting or smoking Ritalin floods the brain with dopamine just like cocaine. Dopamine is a chemical associated with pleasure and mental alertness. This leads to Ritalin abuse for a variety of reasons.

Ritalin as a Party Drug

Ritalin and the related stimulant Adderall are among the most widely used party drugs in America. These drugs keep a user energized for hours on the dance floor or alert at a drinking party that lasts into the early morning. When alcohol is mixed with Ritalin, it can lead to negative consequences. Since the two drugs counteract each other, as alcohol is a sedative and Ritalin is a stimulant, the combination confuses the brain and body. Ritalin masks the intoxicating effects of alcohol leading to a false sense of soberness and potential alcohol poisoning.

Ritalin as a Study Drug

Ritalin abuse has seen a surge of popularity on college campuses. Ritalin is easily accessible in educational environments. College students may pay up to $25 per pill during stressful study situations such as final exams or all-nighters. This greatly hampers a person’s ability to study when off the drug, because they have developed a dependency on the cognitive focus Ritalin provides. Ritalin abuse is illegal, and while most people receive a lesser penalty, the maximum punishment for a first offense of selling Schedule II Substances is a 5 year prison sentence, $15,000 dollar fine and 2 years of probation.

It’s Time to Face the Facts

Do not underestimate the effects of Ritalin and Ritalin addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with Ritalin addiction, we can help. Our toll-free and confidential hotline is available 24, and our recovery counselors can help you find the treatment options you need. Life is too short to waste on Ritalin. Call us today.