Ritalin Detox & Rehab

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 12th April 2023

Ritalin is also known as Concerta or Methylphenidate. Ritalin is commonly prescribed to children over the age of six and adults suffering from the condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy.


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:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of libido
  • Nausea
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • 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:

  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Ritalin Detoxification

When you enter our residential rehabilitation centre in London you are subject to initial drug detoxification. Ritalin detox is often problematic due to a number of arising withdrawal symptoms.
Common Ritalin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Inverted sleeping pattern
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Intense cravings for the drug

During detoxification, our medical team observes the above symptoms closely, particularly during the ‘acute period’ of Ritalin detox. You maybe offered prescription drugs which reduce the above symptoms associated with Ritalin detoxification.


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 group 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.


About Us

Cassiobury Court is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre located in London. To learn how addiction is treatable please visit our private drug and alcohol rehab page. Call today or complete the enquiry form.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 12th April 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.