Background of Ritalin Addiction
Ritalin prescriptions have tripled in the UK since 2007. The drug works by increasing the concentration of dopamine in the brain. Ritalin is known as a ‘central nervous system stimulant’. Users feel more alert and attentive.
High dosages of Ritalin cause users to experience a ‘high’ similar to that experienced during amphetamine or cocaine use. This is because Ritalin increases dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is described as the brain’s ‘feel good hormone’.
Users become addicted to this increase in dopamine levels. Chronic users often inject or snort Ritalin in order to increase the feeling of euphoria. Injecting Ritalin can lead to a chronic lung disease known as pulmonary emphysema.
Symptoms of Ritalin Addiction
Side effects of Ritalin addiction include:
- Loss of libido
- Suicidal thoughts
- Rapid heart beat
- Raised blood pressure
- Loss of hair
How we treat Ritalin Addiction
Cassiobury Court offers a 28 day Ritalin detox and rehabilitation programme. The programme takes place at our seventeenth-century facility located just thirty minutes north of Central London. This programme begins with a twenty hour a day medically assisted detox. All traces of Ritalin are removed from clients’ system. Prescription medications are offered to ease withdrawal symptoms associated with Ritalin withdrawal.
Common Ritalin withdrawal symptoms include:
Offering a medically assisted Ritalin Detox
Many of our clients build up a tolerance to Ritalin. This means clients are consuming vast amounts of the drug in order to achieve the desired ‘high’. Chronic users experience painful withdrawal symptoms during detox. This is because Ritalin withdrawal causes a drop in the hormone dopamine within the brain.
The brain requires time to re-establish natural dopamine production. To combat these withdrawal symptoms chronic addicts are offered a ‘tapered detox’. This means clients reduce Ritalin intake gradually. Withdrawal symptoms begin within 4-8 hours after Ritalin was last consumed. Symptoms cease after 5-7 days.
Psychological Treatment we offer
Once clients stabilise during detox the rehabilitation programme progresses into psychological treatment. Patients receive therapy and counselling sessions designed to tackle the emotional causes of Ritalin addiction. Therapy takes place in group or individual therapy sessions. A qualified therapist supervises all sessions making sure clients participate fully. Common therapy methods employed at Cassiobury Court include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy.
12-months Aftercare Programme
Once emotional triggers of Ritalin addiction are addressed a comprehensive relapse prevention plan is drawn up. This plan makes sure clients do not simply relapse following their return to everyday life outside of the rehabilitation centre.
Free aftercare is provided up to 12 months following the completion of Ritalin rehabilitation. Aftercare sessions take place every Saturday afternoon at our Watford rehab centre.