What is Ritalin?
Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant drug. Similar to other psychostimulants, methylphenidate-based medication like Ritalin results in feelings of pleasure, alertness, wakefulness, increasing body functions such as heart rate, temperature, blood pressure.
Ritalin is the primary drug of choice in treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. It is also prescribed in the treatment of depression, narcolepsy, brain injury, cancer, pain, and cognitive disorders.
Prescription medications for ADHD with methylphenidate as the active ingredient can be found under different brand names: Ritalina, Ritalin LA, Ritalin SR, Daytrana, Ritatine, Focalin, Concerta, Metadate, Methylin, Attenta, Rubifen, and Penid. Street names for Ritalin include Kiddie Coke, Skittles, Vitamin R, Smarties, Poor man’s cocaine, Diet Coke, Rids, Kiddie Cocaine and R-ball. Concerta is marketed on the street under names: kibbles & bits, kiddy cocaine, pineapple, kiddie coke, smarties and skittles.
Ritalin and Concerta are commonly referred to as “smart drugs” or “study drugs” as more and more young people abuse them for their ability to enhance performance, raise attentiveness, improve focus, fight exhaustion or treat obesity.
Are There Side Effects to Ritalin?
- Agitation and anxiety
- Difficulty breathing and chest pains
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Loss of appetite
- Anger and aggression
- Hallucinations: hearing voices, paranoid delusions, mania
- OCD-like syndrome
- Social isolation
- Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
Methylphenidate-based drugs are highly addictive, changing the user’s normal brain functions. A medically-monitored detox is the recommended first stage of treatment for addiction to Ritalin or Concerta.
How We Treat Ritalin or Concerta Addiction
When methylphenidate withdrawal kicks in, some of the common symptoms that the person will experience are: extreme tiredness, disturbed sleep or excessive sleepiness, anxiety and depression, difficulty to focus, mood swings, irregular heart rhythms, violence or paranoia.
Our Ritalin/Concerta detox programme aims to ease the discomfort of such intense withdrawal symptoms. In order to do so, we provide round-the-clock medical supervision. Our staff are on-site 24/7: doctors and nurses monitor each patient regularly. Based on each patient’s individual assessment, we offer the best treatment to manage their Ritalin/Concerta withdrawal symptoms.
Castle Craig’s methylphenidate (Ritalin/Concerta) detox programme begins with a complex medical assessment carried by our medical team and Consultant Psychiatrists. The Consultant Psychiatrist establishes the Ritalin/Concerta detox regime for each individual based on their medical history, what they had previously consumed, for how long and in what amounts, as well as other psychological and biological factors.
Our patient’s physical and mental comfort is our utmost priority. As a result, the preferred detox method is a tapering regimen over a period of days, under close medical monitoring. This involves a gradual reduction of Ritalin/Concerta intake in order to help slowly reduce the body’s dependence on the drugs and thus prevent severe methylphenidate withdrawal.
Following Ritalin/Concerta physical detox, Castle Craig’s residential addiction treatment programme addresses the underlying issues that contributed to the addiction. It is known that residential care offers the highest level of treatment for stimulant drugs abuse because it provides a safe, supportive environment for the patient to focus on themselves and deal with the hidden causes of their Ritalin/Concerta abuse.
Castle Craig’s integrated methylphenidate rehab programme includes a personalised psychotherapy treatment plan for each patient. The therapeutic community of patients take part in a daily treatment routine of individual and group psychotherapy sessions, complementary therapies, educational lectures, regular meals and exercise, relapse prevention training and 12-step support groups.
Patients with a history of stimulant drug addiction often have undiagnosed mental health problems (like ADHD, social anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, trauma, eating disorders) that need to be addressed in rehab treatment.
Castle Craig has the experience and resources to treat both the Ritalin or Concerta addiction and the related mental condition in our specialised dual-diagnosis treatment programme. We treat each patient as a whole. The root psychological causes of stimulant addiction are explored in specialised psychotherapy sessions for depression, trauma (PTSD), eating disorders and self-image.
Patients participate in therapeutic activities where they learn to replace compulsive behaviour with healthy responses and efficiently deal with Ritalin drug-abuse triggers. Counseling is an important component of our treatment model. During individual therapy the patient is encouraged to make life-long changes to consolidate their physical and mental health.
Upon discharge of Ritalin/Concerta addiction treatment programme, we design a personalised two-year aftercare plan and discuss it with the patient to help them take responsibility for their ongoing recovery from stimulant addiction. We care about the patient before, during and after they leave Castle Craig and we therefore provide continued support and therapy for all those who want to visit back regularly.
We refer the patient back into the care of their doctor, as well as recommend local recovery experts, therapists, sponsors and 12-step Narcotics Anonymous support groups in our wide network of healthcare professionals.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | June 14, 2021