Students Find out the Hard Way that Study Drugs are Addictive and May Require Drug Rehab
- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Prescription Drug Rehab
- Written by Paul Onart
There are plenty of stories in the media about students using Ritalin and similar drugs so they can get ahead in their studies. What you don’t read about so much are the effects of this abuse and the need for rehab due to addiction.
According to the National Institutes of Health, methylphenidate abuse leads to a tolerance, meaning that more of the drug is needed to get the same effect. This is one of the signs that one is progressing toward addiction to the drug being abused.
A person abusing Ritalin or a similar study drug may crush the drug and snort it, dissolve it and inject or, or simply take more than prescribed. One report published on the National Institutes of Health website described some of the effects of abusing this drug:
- Too high a dosage may result in symptoms similar to acute amphetamine intoxication, including euphoria, delirium, confusion, toxic psychosis, panic states, aggressiveness and hallucinations.
- One 15-year-old boy began abusing methylphenidate and within two weeks, was paranoid, depressed and suicidal. He was snorting 60 milligrams of sustained release methylphenidate.
- A 19-year-old boy died after snorting the drug. He lost consciousness, fell, hit his head and then suffered cardiac arrest. He had Ritalin and alcohol in his body.
This is a drug that students feel may give them better focus, may help them study longer and stay awake late at night so they can write papers. This is the drug that is given freely to young people by general practitioners. In 2009, 2.5 million prescriptions were written for this type of drug.
But neither parents nor children are warned that this drug is highly addictive when abused and that it can land a young person in a drug rehab for addiction treatment.
Many Drugs in this Class
Ritalin may be the best known drug in this class but it is not alone. Adderall, Concerta, Focalin and Vyvanse are similar drugs. While they have resulted in abuse, addiction and even deaths directly due to the damage of the drug, they are frequently abused in high schools and colleges. On some campuses, students and faculty estimate that as many as 25% of the students abuse one of these drugs.
One of the reasons students resort to this tactic that they think will enhance their study is the competition that exists in some of these institutions. There’s competition for admission to certain schools, for scholarships and for grades. Students who do not abuse these drugs may feel they lack the advantage that the drug-abusing students have.
For many years, student health services have handed these drugs out to anyone who could fake the symptoms, but as abuses became known about, it is now more difficult in some locations to acquire the drugs.
Some students who begin abusing the drug will stop on their own. Some others may not be able to stop themselves. These people may need rehab, like one quoted in a New York Times article who reached 400 milligrams a day before he wound up in the hospital then spent months in a drug rehab.
Narconon Arrowhead Provides a Road Back to Sobriety
When abuse becomes addiction and then when that addiction results in damage to relationships, education, career and mental condition, then effective drug rehab can turn this situation around again. Addiction is not overcome in the few weeks to a month of many drug rehab programs. It takes time to repair the damage.
Narconon Arrowhead provides a safe environment in which to make those repairs. It takes three to five months to work one’s way all the way through the eight phases of recovery at Narconon Arrowhead. But they are months very well spent, when addiction is left far behind and a bright, sober future stretches out ahead.
Two key elements of this recovery are deep detoxification and life skills training. In the detoxification step, called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, each person follows a strict regimen of moderate daily exercise, nutritional supplements and a schedule in a sauna, with breaks to cool off. At the end of this phase of recovery, each person has flushed out old, stored drug toxins that have been proven to affect mood and assist in the triggering of cravings. When the toxins are gone, those completing the step talk about how their cravings are gone too.
The life skills courses that follow help each person recover their personal integrity, ability to solve problems, sense of morals and values and ability to make drug-free decisions. With guidance every step of the way, seven out of each ten Narconon Arrowhead graduates gain the skills to achieve lasting sobriety.
Find out how Narconon Arrowhead can guide someone you love to lasting sobriety. Call today for more information: 1-800-468-6933.