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Ritalin Addiction

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Ritalin is also known as methylphenidate, and it can be highly addictive. It is a stimulant that creates pharmacological consequences similar to amphetamines and cocaine. Most commonly, it is used to treat certain attention problems in both children and adults. While many people have had positive effects from their prescribed doses of Ritalin, the drug can also be abused, which can then lead to Ritalin addiction. Some of the major signs and symptoms of this form of abuse include a loss of appetite, increased blood pressure, breathing problems, and liver and kidney damage, just to name a few. If someone finds they, or someone they know, are displaying any of these signs and symptoms due to Ritalin abuse, then therapy and rehabilitation are necessary.

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About Ritalin Addiction



An addiction to this type of drug is easy to spot thanks to the myriad of signs and symptoms that this form of drug abuse produces. Some of the short-term effects of this addiction include loss of appetite, an increased heart rate, an increased body temperature, an increased blood pressure, nausea, psychosis, and panic. Some of the long-term effects of this form of drug addiction are permanent destruction to the blood vessels of the brain and heart, weight loss, malnutrition, a powerful psychological dependence, depression, epilepsy, stroke, abscesses, infectious sickness from injections, confused exhaustion, apathy, and disorientation. If one smokes Ritalin, they can also experience respiratory issues as a result.

Treatment of Ritalin Addiction



Treatment of Ritalin addiction begins by checking into a rehab facility or other centre that specializes in detox. A doctor, psychologist, or counselor will look at one's medical history and ask questions of the patient. There will also be an investigation into any concurrent psychological illnesses in the patient. Then, detox begins in order to rid one's body of the drug and prep the person's psyche for the hard psychological job of rehab. Under the supervision of the doctors, a patient may receive therapeutic prescription drugs to help ease the ravaging effects of withdrawal. A stint in rehab can take anywhere from one month to three or more months.

Post Rehabilitation of Ritalin Addiction



Once a person has finished rehabilitation for an addiction to Ritalin, the hard work still remains in the form of post rehabilitation treatment. Post rehabilitation treatment can take the shape and form of any number of therapy and counselling approaches. The most popular therapy for dealing with Ritalin abuse is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is designed to modify behaviour in the patient so as to avoid self-destructive behaviour that caused the drug abuse in the first place. A healthy lifestyle is also encouraged, which includes proper diet and exercise.

If one has these types of signs and symptoms of Ritalin abuse, it is best to seek treatment right away. Recovery from a drug addiction like this can be for life, but the first step involves the user admitting to themself that they have a problem. After the initial time in rehab required to detox the body and mind from the drug, post rehabilitation will follow, which usually includes therapy and a prescription for a healthy lifestyle. It takes willpower to beat any drug addiction.

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Have you lost time from work or school due to your Ritalin abuse?
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Have you ever experienced a serious loss of appetite?
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Have you felt an increase in your body temperature, blood pressure, or heart rate?
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Have your pupils been dilated?
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Have your sleeping patterns become disturbed?
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Have you experienced persistent or worsening nausea?
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Have you ever stolen in order to finance your Ritalin abuse?
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Has your Ritalin abuse led to problems in your personal life with friends and family?
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Have you ever been suicidal as a result of your drug abuse?
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Are you afraid that you won't be able to stop using Ritalin?
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Are people avoiding you due to changes in your personality?
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Have you started to hallucinate?
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Have you been feeling more depressed?
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Have you experienced fits of panic?
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