How to Treat Ritalin Addiction Withdrawal Pains with Medical Detox

Ritalin, an amphetamine, is used to treat ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Most prescriptions for Ritalin are given to boys. Prescriptions for Ritalin have steadily risen since 2003, and over one million are written in a given year. Ritalin is safe to take within the prescribed dosage, but it is habit-forming, and also addictive if taken off-label and requires Ritalin rehab.

People who are legally prescribed Ritalin can become dependent on the drug, though not necessarily addicted. Those who’ve developed a dependence and wish to quit taking Ritalin can safely taper off the drug in a medical detox facility. For those with a full-blown addiction, it is advised to quit the drug cold-turkey, under the care of a physician in a medical detox facility.

Withdrawals for Ritalin can be intense and long-lasting, and there are severe risks associated with long-term Ritalin abuse and withdrawals.

How can a medical detox facility help treat Ritalin addiction?rehab for ritalin addiction

In a medical detox facility, patients are monitored by trained doctors, medical staff, and therapists. Patients can safely come down from a high while letting the drug work its way out of their system. Medical personnel can address any underlying, comorbid health issues and work out a treatment plan for them. Also, doctors can prescribe legal, safe medications to help lessen the severity and pain of withdrawal symptoms.

How painful are Ritalin addiction withdrawals?

Ritalin withdrawal can cause severe and several side effects; however, it is necessary for an addict to stop taking Ritalin. Prolonged Ritalin abuse can cause severe cardiovascular problems, and increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. Also, Ritalin abuse can cause paranoia, and feelings of hostility.

Ritalin withdrawals are usually intense and severe. They can include the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Increased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Problems speaking, slowed movements
  • Depression
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shaking
  • Anxiety

What are the most severe withdrawal symptoms to be concerned about?

The most severe withdrawal symptoms to be concerned about are irregular heartbeat and depression. People who are trying to quit taking Ritalin are at an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, and it is crucial for them to receive care under the supervision of a doctor. Also, depression is a possibility during Ritalin withdrawals. In a detox facility, doctors can monitor the patient’s well-being and get them the help they need for depression if it develops.

How long do withdrawal symptoms last?

Ritalin withdrawals start about eight hours after last use and peak in about 72 hours. They can last about a month. Some people report cravings, depression, and fatigue lasting for several months. It’s essential for recovering addicts to actively participate in ongoing treatment plans to minimize their risk of relapse and to deal with any lingering depressive symptoms.

What medications can help treat Ritalin withdrawal symptoms?

In a medical detox facility, doctors can give patients antidepressants to treat depression and anxiety, and drugs to help treat nausea. Despite the long-lasting effects of Ritalin withdrawal, a medical detox facility can alleviate much of the discomfort that accompanies cessation of Ritalin. Doctors can also help patients with depression, anxiety, and comorbid mental health disorders.

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