Ritalin is a medication prescribed for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, because it stimulates the brain to increase concentration, impulse control and decision-making abilities. On the other hand, it is highly addictive and mimics the effects of cocaine when crushed and snorted. Recreational abuse typically follows a “binge and crash” cycle, which means the drug’s euphoric high disappears before the substance leaves a user’s system. To maintain the high, users often ingest higher doses of Ritalin, which heightens effects, but also leads to addiction. To overcome this cycle, users could use psychiatric care, but this treatment method is optional.
Signs of Ritalin Addiction
Ritalin addiction may develop quickly, and you may recognize this issue through the following signs:
- Enlarged pupils
- High blood pressure
Some people become addicted to Ritalin accidentally, because they wrongly believe prescription drugs are safer than street drugs. Other misconceptions encourage people to abuse Ritalin, such as believing they must “hit bottom” before getting sober. In truth, people are more likely to recover and avoid relapse if they seek help before physical and psychological dependencies become severe.
How to Recover from Ritalin Abuse
Many factors encourage Ritalin abuse, like untreated mental illnesses, neglected emotional wounds and underdeveloped coping strategies for these problems. The following issues may also lead to drug abuse:
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Low self-esteem
- Disposition toward sensation seeking
- Social alienation
- Low tolerance for stress
Many drug addicts have a drug addiction while they suffer from a mental health condition, which means they have a Dual Diagnosis. They may suffer from multiple conditions simultaneously, because co-occurring issues create a vicious cycle of pain and then the need for relief, which often comes from drug abuse. If psychiatric conditions worsen, chances of relapse escalate; if an addiction flares, a psychiatric condition often deteriorates. In other words, both issues affect each other greatly.
For people with Dual Diagnoses to get clean and avoid relapse, they must also treat the underlying cause of addiction, meaning the mental health illness. At professional recovery centers, people can receive the comprehensive care that jumpstarts this process. Many recovering users continue receiving treatment after they leave rehab, especially through psychiatric care. 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 helpline can guide you to wellness, so 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 with professional, confidential support.