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Ritalin Addiction Treatment

What About Ritalin?

Illegal stimulants can kill, that much is clear – but what about legal stimulants? It’s safe to assume that when most people think about legal, pharmaceutical stimulants, we often think of Ritalin. Designed to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the drug Ritalin or Methylphenidate, as it is officially known, has been used successfully on a therapeutic level since the 1960’s. Ritalin works by stimulating the central nervous system and has been shown to successfully help patients maintain alertness and improve attention. It became a household name during the 1980s and 90s when physicians all over the country attempted to combat the largely misunderstood conditions we have come to know as ADD and ADHD. At the time, no one knew for sure what kind of long term effects it would have on our children and even to this day those effects have not been adequately studied over significant periods of time. The issue with Ritalin was that while it helped some people focus, it also came with a pronounced stimulant effect – essentially much like the feeling experienced when using Methamphetamines or other forms of “speed”. Soon people began to catch on and Ritalin became infamous as a drug of abuse among young people and adults seeking to “go faster” or maintain energy for longer periods of time.

Today stimulant abuse remains significantly high all over the country. While the use of Ritalin on a therapeutic level has lessened in favor of other drugs like Adderall or Concerta, there still remains a heavy demand on the streets from those seeking a more “legal” way to get high. Long terms effects of Ritalin abuse have been shown to cause a permanent change in the brain’s chemical balance and in many cases, have led to death due to overdose or mixing with other drugs. Do you think someone you know is abusing or may be addicted to Ritalin?

Ritalin Addiction Warning Signs:

  • Staying up at all hours of the night – extreme alertness, or erratic behavior.
  • “Crashing” – sleeping for inappropriately long periods of time after a period of extreme alertness.
  • Mood swings – noticeable periods of extremely elevated mood followed by even worse depression.
  • Weight loss, loss of appetite, compulsive behavior.
  • Constantly needing money, sudden loss of personal possessions.
  • Leaving home for days on end, noticeable change in appearance or personal hygiene.
  • Getting in trouble at school, trouble in relationships, or long periods of isolation from friends and family.

Ritalin Inpatient Treatment

These are only a few of the signs to look for in the behavior of a person who may be using. While they might not always be indicative of drug abuse they could also be signs of depression or other disorders that can lead us to use drugs in an attempt to self medicate. Treatment for Ritalin addiction is often very similar to methods used to treat addiction to other drugs. Inpatient treatment is often recommended and it can take a very long time for people to readjust and learn to live without the use of this powerful drug. If you or someone you know is addicted to Ritalin or any other type of substance seek help – you may end up saving a life.

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