Ritalin is a commonly known drug used most often to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It works by stimulating a chemical in the brain called dopamine, which increases attention and focus. It is also prescribed for narcolepsy, a condition that causes excessive sleepiness and daytime sleep attacks. For those with ADHD or narcolepsy, Ritalin increases attention and function. It can also produce a sense of euphoria. This sense of euphoria is appealing to people dealing with negative life events.
How Past Events Impact Your Worldview
Emotional pain can occur when you are subjected to any sort of negative life event, such as a death in the family, rape, job loss, moving across the country, physical or emotional abuse or a violent crime. In some cases, people turn to Ritalin to numb the pain associated with past events and to feel good, even if only for a short time. While using Ritalin may seem to be a viable option, it can actually make the emotional problems worse.
Relationship between Past Events and Ritalin Abuse
Past events and Ritalin abuse are often seen together because one makes you more vulnerable to the other. A person under extreme emotional duress seeks relief, so he or she may take Ritalin. He or she then experiences adverse reactions to coming off of a high and becomes depressed again about his or her situation. This leads to further Ritalin abuse, creating a cycle of emotional pain followed by Ritalin abuse. In the end, Ritalin abuse and the pain from past events feed off of each other, causing a vicious downward cycle.
Other reasons a person may turn to Ritalin abuse when dealing with past events include the following:
- It’s easier. Some people choose to turn to Ritalin abuse because taking pills is easier than admitting the need for help. Rather than turning to a person to help work through problems at the root and find a way through the emotional pain, a person may turn to Ritalin as a way around emotional pain.
- It’s what the user has learned. Children learn patterns of behavior from their caregiver. If a parent or other close relative numbs pain through drug abuse, the child is statistically more likely to turn to drugs as a means of relieving negative emotions associated with past events.
- It provides instant relief. The United States is an instant gratification culture, with microwave meals, movies at the push of a button and blazing speeds of internet. In such a “quick fix” culture, a person may not be willing to take the long, hard road of mental health recovery. A person may instead turn to drugs, which provide instant relief from the trauma or the pain. Unfortunately, drugs often magnify pain in the long run.
Regardless of the reason for use, Ritalin abuse can quickly lead to addiction and a variety of negative health consequences. Those addicted to Ritalin should seek professional recovery help.
Getting Help for Ritalin Addiction
If you or a loved one is struggling with a Ritalin addiction, we can help. You can call our toll-free number now; counselors are available 24 hours a day. You can talk to an addiction recovery specialist who will discuss your symptoms and help you find the best treatment options for your unique situation. Don’t let your past experiences determine your future. Call us today.