ADHD and Ritalin Abuse

ADHD and Ritalin AbuseAs soon as Ritalin is mentioned, most people think of ADD (attention deficit disorder) because of how frequently this drug is prescribed for patients with ADD. In addition to this fact, Ritalin is one of the most common prescriptions for those who suffer from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder).

Understanding ADHD

Skeptics of the wave of diagnoses of hyperactivity that have appeared within the last decade ask why children and adults with ADHD can’t just “straighten up” and participate in daily life like “normal” people. The following list of ADHD symptoms may help to explain the struggles that ADHD patients face:

  • Difficulty relating to a group
  • Irritating talkativeness
  • Seemingly inexhaustible physical energy
  • Lack of basic coordination
  • Tendency to interrupt others

With such tendencies predominating in one’s life, it is easy to understand why such a person would not be very popular among his or her peers. The isolation resulting from the snobbery of others, as well as the frustration inherent in not being able to force oneself to fit in and act like everyone else, can drive individuals with ADHD to drug abuse, whether their particular disorders have been diagnosed or not.

Why Ritalin Abuse Is Common

Ritalin is one of the most likely drugs for an ADHD patient to abuse for several reasons. The drug is a household name almost universally associated with hyperactive disorders, so individuals who exhibit symptoms of hyperactivity are likely to see the drug as potentially helpful even if they do not have a clinical diagnosis. The commonness of Ritalin in household medicine cabinets and its relative inexpensiveness (especially for generic varieties) are more factors which may influence an ADHD individual to try Ritalin.

Developing Ritalin Addiction

Even if an individual has a valid prescription for the drug, the individual must not lose any respect for the potency and habit-forming capacity of Ritalin. Unsupervised or inexperienced Ritalin use can slowly accelerate as the user finds that the normal dose is not having quite as strong an effect as when the individual first started taking it. Consulting one’s physician should result in a legitimate solution to this problem; raising one’s own dosage without informing a medical professional or responsible family member is unwise and frequently leads to dependence and eventual addiction.

Treating Ritalin Addiction

If you or your loved one has already fallen into Ritalin dependence or addiction, please know that you don’t have to deal with it alone. Call our toll-free helpline today for free information about treatment centers that will help you through the challenging first stages of withdrawal and provide qualified treatment for the co-occurring disorders of addiction and ADHD. We are available 24 hours a day to help you, so please call us today.