Prescription Addiction: Ritalin Addiction
Methylphenidate (MPH; Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, or Methylin) is a psychostimulant drug approved for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, and narcolepsy.
Ritalin: 20, 30 or 40 mg tablets
Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is considered a schedule II stimulant. Similar to meth addiction, it stimulates the central nervous system and shares many of the pharmacological effects of methamphetamine, amphetamine, and cocaine. Ritalin is mainly used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It is mainly used by children as young as six years old or adolescent kids under eighteen years old. It can be used in narcoleptic adults. It is also used, although rarely, in weight loss and depression.
Methylphenidate can be used as moderate stimulate, but it can have very addictive properties just like with any other prescription addiction. It sends messages to the brain’s reward center that produce artificial pleasure. It does this by mimicking the action of chemicals in the brain that produce these messages. Ritalin acts like certain brain messenger chemicals which produce positive feelings in response to signal in the brain. This reaction to the drug often results in an addiction – similar to how meth addiction begins. The consumer will then depend on the affects of this drug. Once coming off Ritalin, withdrawals will normally occur.
If you are faced with Ritalin addiction or any other prescription addiction, you have options and are not alone. AToN Center has 12 Step, Non-12 Step rehab programs such as our SMART Recovery that can help you loosen the grips that prescription addiction has over your life.