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Ritalin addiction and treatment
Ritalin and its medical use
A member of the stimulant family, Ritalin causes alertness, attention and energy. It can also elevate blood pressure and increase the user’s heart rate. Ritalin is available in many forms of ingestion. They can be taken as a liquid, an immediate release tablet, chewable tablet, extended release capsule, and extended release tablet. A physician carefully regulates all of these prescriptions as the users of the drug run a high risk of becoming chemically dependant on the drug.
Ritalin is used to treat a wide variety of disorders that include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, depression, obesity and, on occasion, obsessive-compulsive eating disorders.
Ritalin affects on the body
Ritalin contains key elements in its chemical makeup that are similar to neurotransmitters in the brain known as monoamines. These transmitters are responsible for controlling norepinephrine and dopamine in the body. Stimulants increase the effect that these chemicals have on the body so that users will not only experience the positive effects of increased attention and energy, they will also experience a sense of euphoria, which is typically they most addicting part of the drug.
When closely monitored by a doctor, Ritalin can be a very successful drug to aid in the treatment of serious diseases. However, once a physician is not regulating the drug, the risk of drug abuse and addiction become s very high. Because of its similarity in chemical composition to cocaine and amphetamines, the drug is frequently used recreationally.
Because of the time-release formulas on many pills, Ritalin, sometimes called “kiddie coke” or “Vitamin R,” is crushed to release the full potency of the drug. When injected or snorted like cocaine, the euphoric effects of the drug are immediate, but where off quickly, leaving the user wanting more quickly.
The drug is also taken non-medically by students that are looking to increase their attention or mental capacities during periods of high stress. It is believed that Ritalin helps improve concentration enough that students can perform better on tests or protects.
Ritalin addiction side affects
Like other stimulants, Ritalin is a strong drug and there are many side effects associated with its use, whether medical or recreational. Some of the moderate side effects include dizziness, nausea, heartburn, restlessness, painful menstruation and more. Long-term, more serious side effects include chest pain, seizures, agitation, abnormally excited mood, hives and much more.
Ritalin addiction withdrawal symptoms
Withdrawal should be in increments, since abrupt cessation can cause seizures or psychosis. Other withdrawal symptoms include depressions, hypertension and a temporary worsening of ADHD symptoms.
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At Challenges, we have a combination of treatment programs at our facility, including neurofeedback, massage, yoga, group sessions, full day/PHP Treatment, with or without structured living, extended care transitional treatment and intensive outpatient treatment.
We believe in using a holistic approach to addiction recovery, combining substance abuse treatment with mental health to make flexible, accommodating plans for individuals and not groups of addicts.
Our motto is “Relapse Ends Here” and we provide support and assistance necessary to back that up. We want our patients to leave with the tools they need to help them identify their own particular warning signs and trigger mechanisms. In tandem, we help them prepare a concrete plan for success in their future as they
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