Ritalin and Concerta Abuse Treatment and Therapy
Depending on the needs of the individual, treatment methods are the same as for other amphetamines, and can range from outpatient treatment to long-term care. Detoxification is usually the first step, followed by individualized care and well-planned aftercare and follow-up programs.
If you feel you or your loved one must be placed in a rehabilitation treatment center for Ritalin or Concerta abuse, please call 888-373-5963 or fill out a patient placement form and The Way Out Recovery will aid in placement.
Ritalin and Concerta are the brand names for the Schedule II prescription drug methylphenidate, most often used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). When used under a doctor’s supervision, it has little, if any, potential for abuse and addiction.
Methylphenidate stimulates the central nervous system and its effects resemble but are greater than caffeine and are less than amphetamine; abusers report its effects mimic those of cocaine. Continued studies are conducted regarding how it relieves ADD and ADHD systems.
Ritalin and Concerta abuse
Because diagnoses of ADD and ADHD continue to rise, and Ritalin and Concerta are quickly prescribed — especially for children — the potential for addiction has risen, too; this is one of the most easily acquired drugs in elementary and secondary schools.
Methylphenidate is usually abused orally or snorted, or can be dissolved in water and injecting it. As a stimulant, its effects are suppressed appetite, restlessness, wakefulness and euphoria. Its most familiar effect — increased focus and attentiveness — is the most common reason for prescription. Those who abuse the drug are at risk for physical addiction, psychotic episodes, psychological addiction, binge use and cardiovascular complications. In addition, those who dissolve and inject the Ritalin and Concerta face further risks because of the high talcum content used for filler, and the risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
Effects of Ritalin and Concerta Abuse
- Toleration leading to increased use and increased negative effects
- Cardiac Arrhythmia
- Cerebral Arteritis (inflammation of arteries in the brain)