Ritalin Addiction on the Rise in College Students: Get Help from Archstone Recovery

Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is a drug that increases the brain’s dopamine outputs. It became popular after doctors began prescribing it to children and teens who suffer from ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a prescription drug, and in recent years it has become part of the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in college students. Rina (not her real name), a 21-year-old college student from New Jersey, began abusing Ritalin after a friend told her it would help her focus during final exams. “At first it did help me study,” she said, “but then I found out I could also use it to get high. I started taking larger amounts, and pretty soon I couldn’t stop. I start selling stuff, cheating on my boyfriend, whatever I had to do to get more. I realized I had a Ritalin problem and I needed help.”

Ritalin addiction is serious, and anyone who takes more than the recommended dose in order to get high can quickly find him- or herself addicted. Rina’s story is common among college students, as more and more college students abuse prescription drugs to get high or just to get through the day. Ritalin addicts who try to quit find that they go through withdrawal symptoms just like users of meth or cocaine.

Prescription drug rehabilitation isn’t easy, and the highest success rates are achieved when Ritalin addicts get clean in a treatment facility where they cannot access the drug and where they are away from the pressures of their lives. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities such as Archstone Recovery are best because of their accredited extended care programs, outpatient treatment options and top-rated staff. Archstone Recovery’s location in sunny Florida (FL) provides a pleasant setting that allows prescription drug addicts to get away from their everyday lives and focus on getting the prescription drug rehabilitation treatment they need. If you are addicted to Ritalin, call Archstone Recovery today. Have the courage to ask for help.

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