Ritalin is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.) The drug is a stimulant that is chemically related to amphetamine but paradoxically provides a calming effect to individuals struggling with ADHD. Ritalin is also commonly abused by students, young professionals and athletes due to its ability to allow users without ADHD to study or work for long hours with little to no sleep.
Ritalin abuse can cause a wide range of side effects and is both physically and psychologically addictive. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to safely quit taking the drug without professional help. Long-term abuse can lead to brain damage, seizures and overdose. Many addicts eventually move to more potent stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine, as they develop a tolerance to Ritalin.
Ritalin and Insomnia
One of the most common side effects of Ritalin abuse is severe insomnia. While most people who use the drug without a prescription do so in order to fend off sleep, eventually they will crave sleep desperately and may go to great lengths to get it. Insomnia is a serious condition that can have the following serious repercussions:
- Additional substance abuse (sedative, alcohol, benzodiazepines, etc)
- Lack of coordination
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Insomnia is also a possible side effect for people who take the drug with a legitimate prescription.
Successful Treatment of Ritalin Addiction
Getting off of Ritalin and staying off requires a full emotional and physical rehabilitation. This is best accomplished through professional treatment in a specialized facility that offers the following services:
- Medically supervised detox
- Individual and group counseling
- Education about Ritalin addiction
- The development of new coping skills and relaxation techniques
Full treatment may be administered on either an inpatient or outpatient basis and may take anywhere from one month to one year to be completed.
More Information about Insomnia and Ritalin Addiction
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