Ritalin is a medication prescribed for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It stimulates the brain to increase concentration, impulse control, and decision-making abilities.
Ritalin is highly addictive and mimics the effects of cocaine when crushed and snorted. Recreational abuse typically follows a “binge and crash” cycle during which the drug’s euphoric high disappears before the substance leaves an individual’s system. To maintain the high, users often ingest higher doses of Ritalin. This heightens the rollercoaster effect. Tolerance and dependence quickly develop. Signs of Ritalin addiction include the following:
- Enlarged pupils
- High blood pressure
Some people become addicted to Ritalin accidentally because they wrongly believe prescription drugs are not as dangerous as street drugs. Another misconception that allows individuals to ignore Ritalin abuse is the notion that they must “hit bottom” before getting sober. In truth, people who seek help quickly – before physical and psychological dependence become severe – are more likely to recover and avoid relapse.
Good People, Bad Addictions
In the past, society viewed drug addiction as a character flaw and a sign of moral weakness. Other misconceptions included the following:
- Addicts are bad, crazy, or stupid
- Addiction is a willpower problem
- Addicts should be punished – not treated – for using drugs
- People addicted to one drug are addicted to all drugs
- Addicts cannot be treated with medications
- Addiction is not a true brain disease
Today, most people understand that even “good” people can become addicted to Ritalin, and that willpower alone cannot end substance abuse. Although some stigmatization still lingers, a more informed understanding now prevails. Instead of being viewed as reprobates, addicted individuals are commonly seen as people who are made vulnerable by certain risk factors. Several include the following:
- Exposure to traumatic events and psychological conditions
- Genetic predisposition
- Low self-esteem
- History of physical or sexual abuse
- Mental health issues
With the right support and professional help, full recovery from Ritalin addiction is possible.
Recovery from Ritalin Addiction
If you or someone you love struggles with Ritalin abuse, help is available. Admissions coordinators at our toll-free, 24 hour support line can guide you to wellness. Don’t go it alone when help is just one phone call away. You never have to go back to a life of addiction. Start your recovery now.