ADD and ADHD prescribed medicines such as Ritalin, prescriptions for narcolepsy and obesity
Users describe feelings of energy and wakefulness, quicker reaction times, excitement, increased attentiveness and concentration, feelings of euphoria. Most commonly abused is Ritalin, also known as methylphenidate, a stimulant of the central nervous system.
Signs and Symptoms
Most noticeable in long-term Ritalin abuse:
> Repetitive actions (OCD-like behaviour)
> Auditory hallucinations
> Tendency towards violence
Methods of Use
> Obsessive behaviour
> Lack of appetite
> Cognitive impairment
> Teeth grinding
> Increased heart rate
> Rapid breathing
> Increased body temperature
If taken in large doses, symptoms usually appear in a progression, beginning with restlessness, agitation, and irritability and escalating into more severe physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate and convulsions.
> Strong cravings
> Increased sleep duration
> Violent behaviour
> Self-help organizations – Talking with others who also have a disorder have been proven to be very effective.
> Therapy – Behaviour therapy or cognitive behaviour therapy is a proven evidence based therapy teaching skills to reduce the urges. Find a licensed practitioner.
> Medications – Studies suggest that some medication may be effective for the treatment of gambling addiction. Speak to a psychiatrist specialised in addiction treatment for an evaluation and recommendations.
> Treatment programs – Many in-treatment and outpatient programs can assist with a gambling disorder.
Why choose PRC Recovery?
We are a registered treatment centre specialising in the treatment of addictive disorders. Our individualised approach to treating addiction is based on international standards and includes the many proven modalities in the treatment of addiction.
Key focus areas for an effective program:
> Family involvement – family participation in the treatment of any addiction is vital.
> Individualised approach – underlying issues prolonging any addiction is based on the individual and therefore individual treatment plans are an important component to effective treatment of addiction by a qualified professional counsellor.
> 12 step program – Twelve step programs have proven highly effective in the treatment of addiction and starts forming the solid foundation in early recovery. It is also used as the platform to the introduction of self-help organisations, forming part of the aftercare.
> Aftercare – Stopping the addiction is only the foundation phase in the treatment of addiction. A well thought-out aftercare plan is crucial to sustain long-term recovery.