Ritalin abuse and addiction has become an issue in recent years. It was thought originally that Ritalin had low abuse potential and was not addictive. Experience has shown that this is simply not the case. The rise in Ritalin prescriptions has led to a dramatic increase in the availability of the drug, leading in turn to a much higher incidence of abuse and addiction.
Educating parents and children to the true nature of Ritalin and the dangers of abuse will allow them to make better informed choices regarding this potentially dangerous drug.
Ritalin Addiction Education in the Home
The first thing that parents can do to educate their children about the dangers of Ritalin addiction is to become educated themselves. Do not simply assume that Ritalin is “safe” because it is prescribed by a doctor. Learn all you can about Ritalin and stimulants, including the nature of stimulant addiction and possible side effects, such as psychosis. Once you have become informed about Ritalin, share your knowledge with your children.
If you are debating whether or not to put your child on Ritalin, do not make the decision lightly. Ritalin is a potentially addictive drug with serious side effects. Adequate studies have not been conducted on the drug’s long-term effects on the developing brains of children. It is likely that there are other ways to address your child’s issues.
If you decide to put your child on Ritalin, or if your child is already on Ritalin, make sure that he follows the prescription directions to the letter. Warn your child of the dangers of addiction. Tell him that addiction is more likely to develop when the drug is abused recreationally or when higher doses are used more frequently.
Ritalin Addiction Education in the Schools
Many public schools have had a hand in the development of addiction to Ritalin. Many parents report having been pressured by teachers and administrators to put their children on Ritalin. According to some critics of Ritalin, many teachers have a one-sided “results oriented” view of the issue. They see that Ritalin can be effective in helping some children to be more docile in the classroom and that is all they need to know. What they may not see is the number of children who abuse the drug recreationally or sell it to their classmates who abuse it. They also may not see the children who grow up with life-long substance abuse or mental health issues as a result of long-term Ritalin use.
Treatment for Ritalin Addiction
Contrary to popular belief, Ritalin can be addictive. The consequences of Ritalin addiction are much like those of addiction to any stimulant, such as cocaine or methamphetamines. If you or someone you know is addicted to Ritalin and needs treatment, call our toll-free number today. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have and help you find the best treatment options.