What is Ritalin?
Ritalin is the brand name for the drug methylphenidate. In the United States, Ritalin is a controlled substance, legally available only through prescription. It is a stimulant drug, affecting the central nervous system. Ritalin is used to help treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), ADHD and narcolepsy.
Ritalin can be habit-forming. Chemically, it is similar to cocaine and amphetamines, and so has a high potential for abuse. When used in a different way than prescribed by a doctor, Ritalin may lose its effectiveness in treating symptoms. The user may feel the need to take large amounts of the drug, and may experience unusual changes in behavior.
Dangers of Ritalin addiction
Long-term abuse of Ritalin may result in severe effects. Users may suffer psychosis, paranoia, schizophrenia, increased aggressiveness, confusion and irritability. Ritalin may also cause damage in a variety of ways when used with other drugs such as alcohol or antidepressant medication. An overdose of Ritalin may cause hallucinations, agitation, seizures, irregular heart beat and a dangerous increase in blood pressure.
Withdrawal from Ritalin
Because of the dangers from suddenly stopping its use, doctors cease patient use of Ritalin by tapering the medicine over weeks or months. Suddenly stopping “cold turkey” may cause a psychosis, depression, irritability and a temporary worsening of the ADD or ADHD symptoms for which it was prescribed.
An addict needs to seek professional and medical assistance before attempting to withdraw from the drug. A medical detoxification program offers the best hope for success for the person who wants to beat his addiction. The reputable Ritalin rehab program offered by Transformations Treatment Center will address all the issues that a Ritalin addict must face to beat addiction. There the addict will be trained to recognize triggers, relearn behavior to avoid participating in drug use, and find various other tools to beat addiction.
The road to addiction recovery takes immense strength, courage, support and guidance. At Transformations Treatment Center, we can help you. Our homelike residences help us provide a safe and serene campus environment. Transformations’ skilled therapists, their individualized approach to therapy, and our holistic rehabilitation philosophy make this unique Christian addiction treatment center a major improvement over other treatment centers. While others address only the addiction, we help heal the mind, body and spirit of the recovering person.
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