What If I Don’t Want to Stop Using Ritalin?

Ritalin is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system to treat attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity disorder, and insomnia. Ritalin can be an effective and safe medicine when used as directed, but any deviation from a prescribed schedule is abuse and can lead to addiction.

If you are prescribed Ritalin, keep the medicine in a location where it is safe from children or those with a history of addiction or drug abuse. Many people who become addicted to Ritalin do so after having been prescribed the medicine. If users follow a doctor-directed plan, it is unlikely that they will become addicted. Furthermore, when they no longer need the drug they will be weaned off of it in a safe way that minimizes withdrawal symptoms. If users begin to seek additional prescriptions, or to supply themselves by way of street or online venders, an addiction has likely developed. Though people may become aware of their addiction to Ritalin, fears about rehab, living a new life, and losing old friends can discourage them from attempting to recover. But, the risks of prolonged addiction far outweigh the tough parts of addiction recovery.

Ritalin Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are one of the reasons that Ritalin addicts avoid recovery. If people have abused Ritalin for a long time and developed a significant tolerance, then their withdrawal symptoms may be much more severe than those of users who have abused the drug for a short period. The following are a few of the withdrawal symptoms experienced by Ritalin addicts:

  • Increased fatigue
  • Depression
  • Alterations in heart beat
  • Irritability
  • Increased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Slowed thoughts and movements
  • Unintentional movements
  • Unpleasant dreams
  • Suicidal tendencies

Ritalin Addiction Help

If you or someone that you care about is addicted to Ritalin, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today. In addition to assisting you with insurance matters, initial questions regarding treatment, and transportation to the facility of your choice, our professional phone counselors are a good source of information regarding interventions, treatment, and symptoms of long-term addictions. If the addict in your life does not recognize the effects of her Ritalin addiction, it may be necessary to perform an intervention. Get help today either overcoming your own addiction or one of a close friend or family member. With help you can get clean.