What Happens When Ritalin Addicts Don’t Get Treatment

Ritalin is one of the brand names of the drug methylphenidate, a psycho stimulant drug that works by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. It possesses structural similarities to amphetamine and its pharmacological effects are more closely related to those of cocaine (though less potent). It is most often prescribed for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and narcolepsy.

Adverse Side Effects of Ritalin Use

Ritalin can cause many short-term side effects, but most will persist with long-term use as well. The body will also form a physical dependency to the drug relatively quickly, causing you to constantly increase your dosage, making you more and more addicted. Some of the many adverse side effects include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Panic attacks
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Headaches
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Psychosis
  • Tachycardia

Where Long-Term Ritalin Addiction Can Lead

There are many potential physical side effects to Ritalin use, but they are not the only reasons to seek help for an addiction. Often times, a person who is suffering from long-term addiction will begin to switch the priorities in her life. Access to the drug can all of the sudden become the user’s main focus, causing other aspects of life to suffer as a result. An addict may lose her job due to an inability to show up or to perform when present. The loss of a job and inability to find work, or keep a job, will cause further financial issues. Addiction will also, likely, take some sort of toll on relationships with friends and family.

A Ritalin Addiction Will Not Go Away on Its Own

Some who are addicted to drugs such as Ritalin believe that the problem will eventually go away or that they can quit on their own. The truth is that it is almost impossible to quit an addiction alone, and the longer you allow it to continue, the worse it will become. The right time to seek help for yourself or a loved one is the moment that you realized there is a problem.

Who to Call to Begin a Ritalin Addiction Treatment Process

If you are trying to help a loved one recover from a Ritalin addiction, we are here to help. Please call our toll-free helpline today to receive more information. Addiction treatment may be covered by insurance. Ask one of our agents to look into the options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the recovery solutions you need. The quicker you call, the quicker you can begin to get your life back. Call today.