What Makes Ritalin So Addictive?

Ritalin is a prescription medication that most commonly treats the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This drug is a stimulant that helps the brain feel alert and focused. While many people use Ritalin to treat ADHD, some people use Ritalin illegally. The most common reasons that people abuse Ritalin include the following:

  • To increase productivity and attention levels
  • To get high
  • To lose weight

People under pressure to produce large amounts of work in a short period of time are at risk to abuse Ritalin. When Ritalin is abused, it is extremely addictive and can negatively affect a person’s life. Understanding the ways that Ritalin works on the brain and the situations that lead people to become addicted to Ritalin can explain why some people become addicted to this drug.

Physical Reasons behind Ritalin Addiction

A person using Ritalin to treat ADHD will usually not become addicted to the drug. Addiction most commonly occurs when a person uses Ritalin illegally or takes more of the drug than the prescription calls for. Since Ritalin is a stimulant drug similar to amphetamines, it increases a person’s mental functioning and the brain’s level of activity and awareness. Abusing this drug can alter the brain’s chemical balance making the brain feel like it needs Ritalin to function normally. Once the person’s body gets used to using Ritalin to make normal levels of chemicals in the brain, that person’s body may stop producing these normal levels on its own thus creating an addiction to the drug.

Psychological and Social Reasons behind Ritalin Addiction

Addictions to Ritalin can happen for a lot of reasons. Some people initially use the drug to treat their ADHD but then might begin abusing the drug by increasing its dosage beyond the doctor’s recommendation. Other people might start using the drug to finish work and tasks on time. These people may think they are only going to use the drug once, but they may become addicted to their level of productivity while using the drug. Other people use Ritalin recreationally to get high or to counteract the effects of alcohol. Each of these illegal uses of Ritalin are dangerous, because they can affect the body in unexpected and dangerous ways. Ritalin is an especially dangerous drug, and, because it is a prescription medication, people think that it is safe to use. This is not the case though, because its effect on the body can be similar to and just as dangerous as the effects of drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine.

Getting Help for a Ritalin Addiction

No matter what the reasons behind a person’s Ritalin abuse, an addiction to Ritalin can be powerful and difficult to escape. If you think you may be addicted to Ritalin, we can help you get your life back on track. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day. We are here to assist you if you need to find a Ritalin addiction treatment center. Call us now to get started on the path towards recovery.