Ritalin is a powerful amphetamine drug that can lead to serious addiction and health complications. If you have struggled with Ritalin or Adderall abuse in the past, it can be very tempting to use these drugs just one more time. Before you return to an old habit, take a moment to learn how the decision to use Ritalin one more time can impact your life.
When Ritalin Is in Control and You Are Not
Many people who use substances firmly believe that they are in control of their substance use. Many people believe that they can take just “one more” dose of a drug and still be in control of the situation. However, many people don’t realize that addiction is a complicated disease that works in tricky ways.
Addiction professionals know that when a person makes the statement, “This is my last time using” or “I have this under control,” this is a sign of addiction. Admitting that these are addiction-related statements can be difficult. Many people don’t want to face an addiction, and most people want to have control over their lives.
Consider the following situations, which are signs that Ritalin or amphetamine abuse has become a problem:
- You have strained relationships or have had arguments about Ritalin use.
- You have experienced arguments or said things you regret during Ritalin use.
- Your work or school life has been impacted by Ritalin.
- You feel you must always have some Ritalin on hand.
- You worry about how to accomplish goals or tasks without Ritalin.
- Someone you care about has expressed concern about your Ritalin use.
- You combine Ritalin and alcohol or any other drug.
The good news is that you can take back control of your life. People who receive addiction treatment in a non-judgmental, supportive environment can achieve sobriety.
Help for Ritalin Abuse
If someone you care about is abusing Ritalin, that individual may promise again and again that he or she will quit or cut back. If you are concerned about a loved one, consider speaking with an addiction professional about the possibility of a family intervention. Interventions are a safe yet firm way to encourage a loved one to seek help.
To seek help for yourself or someone you love, call our toll-free helpline to find out more about addiction treatment, addiction counseling, family interventions, and more. We look forward to hearing from you.