Ritalin has become a popular drug among college students and teenagers in the U. S. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that nearly 10 percent of high school and college students take stimulants such as Ritalin to help increase their focus and concentration and as a study aid and nearly 90 percent of students who use Ritalin also have excessive alcohol use. Sadly, most people who take Ritalin do not think that it can hurt them because it is a prescription, but that is simply not true.
Ritalin was originally created to help people with ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Individuals with ADHD have a difficult time focusing or concentrating on one task at a time and school age children with ADHD often have discipline issues because they cannot stay at their desks.
Most physicians agree that patients with ADHD that take Ritalin as directed are not in danger of developing an habitual dependence to the drug. However, individuals without ADHD who takes Ritalin recreationally most often increase the amount of the drug and continue taking it regardless of the changes to their relationships, their health, to their job or school schedules or their ability to function psychologically.
Ritalin affects the central nervous system. In addition to ADHD, it has also been used to treat certain sleep disorders, depression and obesity. Ritalin increases concentration and it also creates a euphoric feeling and increases energy; however when the drug becomes ineffective, users are tired, irritable and depressed.
Individuals who misuse Ritalin may snort it, smoke it and/or inject it. In this way, Ritalin presents a similar rush feeling similar to Cocaine. As individuals take more of the drug, they are at risk for developing a dependency on the drug which may lead to Ritalin addiction.
The signs and symptoms of Ritalin addiction may include insomnia, nervousness, constipation, nausea, headache, diarrhea, tremors and abdominal pain. Ritalin users may also experience loss of appetite, aggressive behavior, heart arrhythmia and chest pains, seizures, paranoia and hallucinations.
Individuals with Ritalin addiction may require medical detox to overcome their use as well as an alternative program after detox to help them continue sobriety and rebuild their life after heavy Ritalin use. Most doctors agree that IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most effective method for medical detox because it allows the medication to be adjusted as the withdrawal symptoms change.
St. Jude Retreats offers a six week, non treatment, non 12 step program that features cognitive behavioral education. Our guests learn to use self assessment and self change to reevaluate their choices and decisions and to make choices that are more productive to their lives; as well as to develop habits and behaviors that are positive and enhancing. We can help you put your Ritalin use in the past.