Ritalin addiction happens to people who are prescribed the drug as well as those who obtain it illegally. Ritalin is an amphetamine that is often referred to as Vitamin R.
Sober Living by the Sea has specialized treatment programs to address the abuse of prescription drugs like Ritalin. We are aware of the unique emotions and behaviors exhibited by men and women who arrive at our treatment center physically and mentally addicted to amphetamine drugs. Our rehab facilities have achieved high success rates because of our experience and location, which allows us to create an enjoyable and experiential environment for men and women to learn how to enjoy life and have fun in sobriety.
Prescription drug abuse and addiction has been an alarming “silent epidemic” that we’ve witnessed become more and more common over the decades that we’ve been treating addiction, alcoholism, and eating disorders at our rehab centers. This growing phenomenon of pharmaceutical medication abuse has caused us to adapt our treatment program to better help men and women who are abusing drugs like Ritalin.
We also have become specialists in the treatment of “co-occurring” disorders. Our clinicians assess each client thoroughly to identify behavioral or mood disorders like ADHD, depression, PTSD, and others. Once properly identified, our clinical staff makes sure that the appropriate level of care is provided for the chemical dependency and the co-occurring disorder. This includes:
- ongoing psychiatric evaluations
- attendance at special workshops to learn how to cope
- monitored distribution of the appropriate medication
Ritalin – One of Many Prescription Drugs Being Abused
As the pharmaceutical drug industry develops medication after medication to better treat behavioral disorders like ADHD, the misuse of these drugs inevitably becomes a concern. In the past several years we’ve seen an inordinate number of drug-using adults arriving in treatment physically and mentally dependent on prescription drugs like Ritalin.
Ritalin (also known as Vitamin R) is a stimulant prescribed for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and may seem less addictive and harmful than barbiturates and narcotic painkillers such as vicodin, oxycontin, percocet, and opioids. But Ritalin has been classified as an “addictive and abusable” drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Not only is Ritalin abuse harmful to user physically and mentally, but it can lead to use of drugs like ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine, which can cause irreparable damage in as little as one dose.
How We Approach the Treatment of Ritalin Users
More and more men and women are coming to our California treatment center because they are a frequent abuser of Ritalin, speed, ecstasy, cocaine, or other stimulants/amphetamines. These men and women have different needs than our clients who abuse alcohol or depressants.
People who have become mentally and physically dependent on substances are often prone to denial. Users who are only using prescription medications might be even more prone to denial because the substance is not technically illegal (and in some cases was originally prescribed by a physician). On the right side of this page are links that will help family members and significant others begin the dialogue with a person who is abusing drugs.
Stimulant and amphetamine users often feel confused and overwhelmed in early sobriety. Ritalin abusers may experience depression and seem despondent and hopeless about their chances of recovering and living a normal life without the medication that has become their “crutch.” Sober Living by the Sea uses one-on-one counseling sessions and performs frequent assessments of the client’s well-being and progress in order to design the most supportive treatment program possible and give the client the best chance at recovering from chemical dependency.
More About Ritalin
Ritalin is the brand name for a drug called methylphenidate. It has street names like Vitamin R, kibbles and bits, and pineapple. It is commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy and chronic fatigue syndrome. Ritalin is administered orally in tablet or capsule form in a variety of dosages and is occasionally administered through a topical patch (brand name Daytrana). Ritalin is sometimes taken nasally by people who are abusing it.
Ritalin has been used since the 1960s to treat ADD and ADHD, but abuse of the drug became exponentially more popular in the 1990s. Ritalin has been controversial because it is often prescribed to adolescents and children and can foster physical and mental dependence.
Ritalin is prescribed to help the user focus. If sometimes has short-term side effects like nervousness, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, palpitations, headaches, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, skin rashes and itching, abdominal pain, weight loss and digestive problems, psychosis, psychotic episodes, drug dependence, and depression (upon withdrawal).
Longer term use or abuse can result in serious malnutrition, tremors and twitching, fevers, convulsions, severe headaches, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and the sensation of bugs or worms crawling under the skin.
If you or a loved one is using Ritalin beyond the dosage prescribed, then we highly recommend contacting our admissions department. Trained professionals are ready to answer all of your questions as well as perform a confidential assessment of the situation to provide possible treatment scenarios.
We have been providing successful outcomes for years here in Newport Beach, California, but we cannot help the person who doesn’t first pick up the phone and call us. If you are thinking about calling tomorrow, then call today and let the healing begin.