Ritalin is a commonly prescribed drug for people suffering from ADD and ADHD. It is used to help young people concentrate and be productive in school. When used in its appropriate form, the medication helps make the lives of people dealing with attention problems easier. Unfortunately the drug is also found on the black market and is used both recreationally and by people wishing to increase productivity, concentration or a party experience. Ritalin is dangerous any time it is used without a prescription and a legitimate need. In recreational settings it is often smoked or snorted in harmful quantities. The desired result is a euphoric feeling that many drug users seek.
Who Misuses Ritalin?
Those who are prescribed Ritalin are not typically the ones who abuse the drug. Those who take it illegally for any reason are abusing the drug, and parents have more cause to worry if their child is not prescribed the drug. Students may get Ritalin from friends or turn to black market sources to keep up with sports, studies and other activities. The chance for abuse and serious consequences is high, if a doctor has not prescribed Ritalin and is not monitoring the drug use.
Signs of Ritalin Use
Parents are a child’s first line of support against addiction, and parents need to know if their child is abusing Ritalin. Signs of Ritalin use include the following:
- Extreme mood swings
- Disrupted sleeping patterns
- Panic attacks and anxiety
Any of these symptoms should be taken seriously, and appropriate steps must be taken to talk with your child about Ritalin. Ritalin use should be closely monitored even in those who are taking Ritalin legally, because addiction is still possible although less likely.
Where to Find Help for Ritalin Abuse
If you think your child is abusing Ritalin, we can help. Call our helpline to learn more about the signs of Ritalin abuse and how you can best approach your child and offer help. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call our toll-free number today.