When it comes to drug use, some people don’t realize that there can be a fine line between experimentation and addiction. Certain substances have the peculiarity of developing addiction after just a few uses, while others may take more time. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize when someone is experimenting with drugs and help him before addiction appears.
A person experimenting might not have obvious withdrawal symptoms yet, which may mean the use has not evolved into a physical addiction. It is in this stage when we need to be on the lookout to spot the behavioral signs and physical symptoms and get help before dependence appears. Stimulant abuse might seem like a simple and harmless form of recreation, but in reality the user can be already on the road to addiction. Even one use of a stimulant drug can lead to dangerous behavior, and addiction is not often easily recognized.
Ritalin and Signs of Use
Ritalin is a stimulant that works on the central nervous system to increase levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. It is used in medicine to treat conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, depression, among other disorders. ADHD drug abusers generally use Ritalin and their misuse of the drug is usually related to stimulant addiction.
Ritalin abuse can easily develop addiction in the user because its stimulant characteristics resemble those of cocaine in a lesser degree. An overdose can result in:
- Hallucinations and delirium
- High fever
- Convulsions that may cause coma
- Elevated blood pressure
- Respiration and heartbeat problems
Five easily recognizable signs that someone you love is using Ritalin, Adderall, or any other stimulant drug, include:
- Emotional changes – This includes changes of mood, personality, irritability, and a lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
- Health complaints – These are physical symptoms such as exhaustion or weakness, especially when coming off of these drugs.
- Social complications – Getting into more trouble at work, school, or within relationships, and starting to isolate from others.
- Family problems – Separating from the family or having constant arguments and fights for insignificant reasons.
- Financial difficulties – Someone might start having money problems even when there have been no significant changes in his life. This could mean that his resources are being used for other purposes.
But these five signs are not the only signs that can aid in detecting drug experimentation—there are many more signs, as each person is different and each situation is different. If you suspect that a stimulant addiction is affecting someone you love, you may want to speak with one of our addiction professionals. A Ritalin intervention might be necessary even if the person is not yet fully addicted.
Successfully Overcoming a Stimulant Addiction
Help and advice is readily available for those struggling with something as difficult as addiction. By calling our toll free substance abuse helpline you will get the assistance you need. Our counselors can give you free information on how to find intervention services, medically-supervised detox programs, a national network of rehab facilities, family counseling, and more.