On the long list of prescribed medications, you’ll find Ritalin right at the top. Although its primary use is for the treatment of ADHD, Ritalin has also been prescribed to patients who are suffering from narcolepsy (the sleeping disease), obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and obesity. Sadly, for all of Ritalin’s proper uses there are just as many abuses. The basic compounds found in the chemical makeup of Ritalin mirror those same types of compounds found in cocaine and amphetamines. Because of that, many teens and young adults use Ritalin like they might use cocaine for a quick, fast high. There is also an increase in the use of this stimulant among college students who think it can help them cram for a test.
What these new users might not be aware of is that when they start abusing Ritalin outside of its prescribed purpose, it can become an extremely addictive substance. When a person gets caught up in the struggles of a Ritalin addiction, the most effective course of treatment is to get clean and get into therapy.
Detox Versus Rehab
Although detoxification and rehabilitation programs often work together for a Ritalin addict, they are actually two separate phases of a recovery program. The first step for getting clean from Ritalin is to “clean your body” or detoxification. A person who has abused Ritalin has put their body through a lot of physical and emotional trauma. That body will need time to repair itself but first the addict will have to stop using.
Once the using has stopped, Ritalin withdrawal symptoms will kick in. These can include an intense desire to use again, pangs of hunger, exhaustion, lack of energy, nausea and depression. The levels of intensity for these symptoms will depend on the actual levels of abuse.
Once the detox has been completed, the patient can then turn to rehabilitation to help unlock the patterns in their lives which led to the abuse in the first place. This rehab should come in the form of ongoing therapy sessions.
The Inpatient Treatment Option
This process of flushing the toxins out of the body can take anywhere from three to seven days. Because the temptation to use again will be great, it’s best to conduct a detoxification under medical supervision and in a controlled environment such as an inpatient treatment center.
Obviously, the biggest asset of getting clean at one of these centers is cutting off the patient from their sources of obtaining the drug. Additionally, if the withdrawal symptoms become overwhelming, there are medications that can be prescribed on the spot to help combat an upset stomach, insomnia or anxiety.
After the initial few days of detox, the patient at a treatment facility won’t have far to travel to seek out therapy. There will be certified and experienced therapists on the premises and on call. They will be able to work closely with the patient and help them delve into the issue at hand which are the reasons for the addiction. The patient will have no choice, but to confront these issues head on. Inpatient treatment means the focus in on recovery 24/7.
If you know someone who needs to get clean from a Ritalin addiction, you’ll need professional help. That help can be found by calling the toll-free number on this page.