Many regard marijuana as a soft drug without serious consequences. While it is true that marijuana use does not create physical dependence, withdrawal symptoms or the risk of overdose, but marijuana use is not without risk. And, although marijuana does not produce physical dependence, it can nonetheless be psychologically addictive, and regular use may lead to destructive addictive behavior.
Likewise, Ritalin is a low risk drug, and many people abuse it to increase their mental agility and stamina. Many regard Ritalin as non-addictive, but this is not the case. Ritalin is a stimulant with properties and effects very similar to those of cocaine, and in fact can be addictive, which is why it is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance.
How Marijuana and Ritalin Can Lead to Risky Behavior
Combining marijuana with Ritalin is not as hazardous as other drug combinations, but marijuana and Ritalin will not seriously affect a user’s health. However, use of marijuana often results in impaired judgment that may lead to any number of indirect consequences. A person who abuses Ritalin and combines the drug with marijuana is likely to make very poor choices, such as increasing the dose of Ritalin or combining it with other, more dangerous drugs. Poly-drug use often becomes a habit; someone may become psychologically addicted to the marijuana-Ritalin cocktail and abuse the drugs on a regular, long-term basis. Long-term use of Ritalin, especially at high doses, can result in physical dependence with dangerous withdrawal symptoms, and may even result in serious conditions, such as depression or psychosis. Ritalin overdose may result in hallucinations, psychosis or seizures.
Treatment for Marijuana and Ritalin Abuse
If physical dependence on Ritalin has occurred, the first stage in treatment involves a gradual reduction of dosage to reduce the chance of withdrawal symptoms. This process should be conducted under medical supervision to ensure the patient’s safety, as well as to increase the chances of success.
Once detox is complete, counseling in both individual and group settings will address the issues that lie at the heart of the addiction or substance abuse. Since drug abuse is often a maladaptive response to emotional triggers, treatment will address any co-occurring disorders such as depression that may have contributed to the addiction. The patient will emerge from therapy in a far healthier state and with a much greater ability to cope with stress without resorting to drug abuse.
Help for Marijuana and Ritalin Abuse
If you are abusing marijuana and Ritalin, don’t kid yourself; you may be on a path toward an addiction that can take over your life and be extremely difficult to overcome. If you would like help finding treatment for marijuana or Ritalin addiction, or if you have any questions about the dangers of marijuana and Ritalin abuse, call us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the best treatment options for you. Our helpline is toll free and we are available 24 hours a day.