Ritalin Addiction

Ritalin is the brand name of methylphenidate and one of the most well known prescription stimulants used to treat ADHD. Unfortunately, many individuals who are prescribed Ritalin begin abusing the drug. This can lead to serious addiction, which often requires intensive, professional treatment. Let us help you find the right rehab program for your or your loved one’s addiction syndrome by calling 800-654-0987 now.

Understanding Ritalin Abuse

Ritalin can treat ADHD by changing the amount of natural substances in the brain to promote wakefulness and concentration. However, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center, “Ritalin is abused for the stimulant effects it produces, including appetite suppression, wakefulness, euphoria, and increased focus and attention.” Those who misuse it are sometimes prescribed the drug to begin with while others take it without a prescription at all.

The effects listed above are highly desirable to many users, which is why Ritalin is so frequently abused, but this use can lead to a number of severe side effects. Even one large dose of the drug can cause a heart attack or stroke while consistent abuse can lead to addiction. Those who abuse Ritalin are putting themselves in danger every time they do so.

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Signs and Symptoms of Ritalin Abuse


Agitation and nausea are common symptoms of Ritalin abuse.

The abuse of Ritalin causes a number of intense, short-term side effects that are easy to recognize. According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, these include:

  • Wakefulness
  • Exhilaration and excitement
  • Agitation
  • Headache
  • Muscle twitches
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate and body temperature
  • Nausea

People often experience irritability, paranoia, and anxiety quickly after the desired effects start to wear off. In addition, depression and extreme fatigue can occur after the individual crashes from the drug. People who are consistently abusing Ritalin will not sleep often, unless they are in a crash period, and may become malnourished from their severe lack of appetite.

In many cases, those who abuse Ritalin and other stimulant drugs will become hostile when this use is called into question. They may also begin to make excuses for themselves to be able to use more of the drug and ignore their responsibilities in favor of continued abuse.

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Ritalin Addiction

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, “Binge use, psychotic episodes, cardiovascular complications, and severe psychological addiction have all been associated with methylphenidate abuse.” People who misuse the drug over a long period of time often exhibit hostile or violent behavior and experience hallucinations. These reactions can be extremely dangerous to the individual as well as to those around them, causing the need for immediate medical intervention.

Ritalin has long been a popular drug of abuse, and most individuals understand that it can cause severe addiction with long-term use. Unfortunately, though, many people still take the drug in order to experience its desirable effects or to exploit these, and tolerance, dependence, and addiction set in quickly. Once they do, it will be extremely difficult for an individual to quit, even if they realize the serious issues Ritalin is causing in their life.

Ritalin Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment often starts with medically assisted withdrawal, as the early effects of stopping one’s Ritalin abuse can be intense and because certain effects (such as depression and cravings) can sometimes linger for months or years after abuse ends. Therefore, patients must be treated for these issues, and they must learn to be able to cope with them.

Certain medications can be helpful during Ritalin addiction treatment, but for the most part, behavioral therapies are the most beneficial treatment methods available for this issue. Behavioral therapies can help to change the way a person thinks and feels about their substance abuse as well as teach them better life skills for the future that can minimize their chance of relapse. Any co-occurring mental disorders must also be assessed and treated along with one’s addiction, as leaving them untreated could derail one’s progress.

Seek Treatment Today

If you have been abusing Ritalin, it is time to seek help. The drug can be very beneficial when taken as prescribed, but unfortunately, continued abuse will only lead to more and more dangerous outcomes. Call 800-654-0987 now to find a rehab program that will cater to your needs and allow you to safely and effectively recover from your substance abuse disorder.

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