Ritalin is a commonly prescribed drug for people suffering from attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In particular, it is used to help young people concentrate and be productive in school. When used as directed, the medication helps to make the lives of people dealing with attention problems easier.
The drug is also used in illegal capacities, both recreationally and by people wishing to increase their productivity. In any instance the drug is used in a non-prescribed form, it is highly dangerous. Those who are prescribed Ritalin are not typically the ones who abuse the drug. The most common cases of Ritalin abuse involve users that take Ritalin illegally.
Once a drug abuser realizes that they need help, they must face their families and confront the abuse head on.
Knowing what to do next can be very difficult, because telling those you love that you have a problem can seem both humiliating and scary. There are several important things to keep in mind, however, that can help make the difficult step of admitting you need help a little easier. Among those things are:
- Be honest with yourself – Before you can be honest with your family and friends, you have to be so with yourself. There is a problem and you need help. The problem is beyond your control, and this is why you must let your family inside.
- Know what your problem is – of course, knowing what your problem is essential to explaining it to others. Ask yourself: Why are you abusing Ritalin? How do you explain this to others? Plan your words and say them aloud.
- Face your fears – If you are afraid to talk with your family, figure out why you have that fear. Is it because you’re afraid they’ll react negatively, or is it because you’re afraid to end your substance abuse? Knowing why you’re afraid can make the fear seem smaller.
- Have answers – Be prepared that your family will ask questions. Take the time to prepare yourself for what those questions might be and seek the answers.
- Face the decision – In all likelihood, you will need to consider enterting a drug rehab center. This logical and necessary step will provide you with best chance of recovery. Know that this is the desired outcome of the confrontation and prepare yourself for the moment of decision.
- Take your time – This is your moment. Organize your thoughts and take your time. This does not mean that you should hesitate or postpone the decision, but do take a moment to breath and relax.
These steps help to center a person and bring them to a place where telling someone about their problems doesn’t seem quite as daunting. Taking control right now isn’t admitting you’re weak, it’s making you strong.
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