Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get Ritalin Abuse Help

Ritalin is a prescription medication that used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When taken properly, Ritalin helps children and teens with ADHD concentrate and focus. Ritalin is derived from amphetamines which means physical dependency will develop if Ritalin is abused. Since Ritalin is easily accessible, an alarming number of teenagers and young adults abuse the drug for a variety of reasons. When Ritalin is abused, it can have effects similar to cocaine. Users falsely view Ritalin as a safe drug, because it is a legal prescription medication. In reality, abusing Ritalin can lead to serious health problems. These problems will only get worse with continued use, and for physical and psychological wellbeing help should be sought immediately to confront Ritalin abuse.

The Dangers of Ritalin Abuse

Abusing Ritalin leads to effects similar to amphetamine abuse, including the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Nervousness/paranoia

As an individual continues to abuse Ritalin, the body builds a tolerance to the drug. This causes a need for increasingly larger amounts of Ritalin in order to feel the effects of the drug. It may also lead a person to explore different methods of ingesting Ritalin such as crushing and snorting or dissolving in water for intravenous injection. Long-term Ritalin abuse can lead to accidental overdose, psychotic episodes and serious cardiovascular problems (National Drug Intelligence Center, 2006). When a person injects Ritalin, he or she is at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other ailments associated with intravenous drug use. The longer a person abuses Ritalin, the greater the risk of experiencing complications becomes. Irreversible physical and psychological damage or death can become a reality if help ending Ritalin abuse is not found.

Get Help for Ritalin Abuse

If you are currently abusing Ritalin, do not risk another day waiting to get help. Our helpline is toll-free, and we are available to take you call 24 hours a day. We can help you find the information you need about treatment options, insurance coverage or simply what your first steps should be. Take control of your life today, call now.