Ritalin Detox & Rehabilitation

Posted on Monday, January 1st, 2018 at 12:00 am.

John Gillen - Author | Last Updated: 2nd September 2021

Ritalin (Methylphenidate) is commonly prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in both adults and children.

It is also used to treat sleeping disorders such as narcolepsy and fatigue syndrome as well as depression. Ritalin is highly addictive and clients become hooked on the drug even when medical reasons for its consumption no longer exist.

In fact, Ritalin is a close cousin to the more well-publicised methamphetamine (aka. crystal meth). In fact, Ritalin is used to treat crystal meth addiction.

Since Ritalin is available through the NHS the number of addicts requesting rehabilitation for this drug’s use has slowing increased over the last decade. For this reason, Cassiobury Court offers a comprehensive 28 day Ritalin detox and rehabilitation programme at our centre in London.


Common Ritalin side effects

Common side effects of Ritalin addiction include:

  • An increased heart beat
  • Increased alertness
  • Increase blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Cramp
  • Chest pain
  • Intense cravings for the drug
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations

Over time addicts build up a tolerance to the drug. This means an ever greater quantity of Ritalin is required in order to feel the desired ‘high’.


Ritalin Detoxification

When you enter our residential rehabilitation centre in London you are subject to initial 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.


Ritalin psychological Therapy

Once withdrawal symptoms stabilise your treatment becomes more psychological in nature. You attend group and individual therapy sessions conducted by a qualified therapist. During this time the psychological aspects of your addiction are treated. A range of modern therapeutic techniques are employed.

This includes cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and dialectical behavioural therapy. Therapy aims to help addicts understand thoughts and emotions attached to their addictive behaviours. Powerful coping mechanisms are taught. Such mechanisms reduce the risk of relapse following the conclusion of the rehabilitation programme.


Co-occurring Addictions

Patients suffering from a Ritalin addiction may suffer from another addiction co-currently. This is typically an alcohol, crack-cocaine or heroin addiction. Our initial assessment procedure aims to detect the existence of other addictions before the rehabilitation programme begins.


What happens once rehabilitation concludes?

Once rehabilitation draws to a conclusion a comprehensive relapse prevention plan is drawn up for each client. A further 12 months of aftercare is provided following the completion of the residential phase of rehabilitation. We also encourage clients to attend Narcotics Anonymous groups in their local area.


About Us

Cassiobury Court is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre located in London. To read about our rehabilitation programme please click here. Call today or complete the enquiry form.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: 2nd September 2021

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