The psychostimulant drug methylphenidate (Ritalin) displays pharmacological effects similar to those of cocaine. This results in an increase of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, and this increase is addictive. With chronic use, the brain decreases the production of its own dopamine which leaves the user feeling depressed, irritable and lethargic once the drug use stops. These withdrawal symptoms can be a powerful incentive to continue using Ritalin, and they make it difficult to stop using without professional recovery help.
The Psychology of Ritalin Addiction Denial
When Ritalin has taken control of the addict’s life, it is a natural reaction to deny that the problem exists. Admitting that you are addicted can be difficult, because it means facing the fact that you are not in control of your life. It means facing the reality that you need to distance yourself from a substance on which you have become dependent. It means that you will have to face the unknowns of the recovery process. It means that you will have to make lasting changes in your life. It is natural to want to avoid this daunting situation and take the easy way out which is to escape into continued Ritalin use. The mind of the addict will want to justify Ritalin use and deny the severity of the addiction. Rather than facing the situation the addict will often go to great lengths to convince himself that he doesn’t have a problem that requires professional treatment.
Behavioral Signs of Ritalin Addiction
As with other drugs addiction to Ritalin is often accompanied by classic behavioral signs of substance abuse such as the following:
- Unexplained absences
- Extreme mood swings
- Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Financial instability
How a Professional Ritalin Addiction Intervention Can Help
When an addict is in denial about a Ritalin abuse problem, an intervention may be used to help convince him or her to seek treatment. Confronting an addict about his or her drug use is a risky proposition and should be handled with great care and forethought. If the addict is a family member or close friend, it may be difficult to maintain your objectivity during the intervention process. Losing control of your emotions during the intervention can lead to a communication breakdown and eliminate the chances of the intervention ending successfully. It is important to avoid making the addict feel cornered.
Professional interventionists are specially trained and have experience in the best way to deal with these situations. They act as mediators who will maintain their objectivity, conduct the process in a calm and productive manner and focus on the main objective which is to convince the Ritalin user to enter treatment.
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