Prescription drugs are one of the more addictive out there, impacting millions of lives. Lesser known is Concerta, a drug similar to Ritalin. It can last up to 12 hours in the body for the extended-release version. Those who take more than the prescribed dosage are at risk of developing a Concerta addiction. Recreational use, without prescription, are also at risk of developing an addiction. Find out more about Concerta, why it is addictive, and how to support a loved one who may be struggling.
Signs of Addiction
Recreational use of prescription drugs can ultimately lead to addictive behavior. The body and brain get used to a certain level in the body (tolerance) and seek to keep the body feeling the same way. A person with an addiction to Concerta is likely to experience withdrawal symptoms after a period of time where the body becomes tolerant. Some common signs include:
- Higher doses needed to feel the same effects
- Finding new ways to obtain the drug to abuse it
- Using Concerta even if it causes issues with others
- Seeking or looking for the drug all the time
Medical supervision is advised when seeking to quit using the drug. A medical provider can set up a program where the person using the drug tapers off in smaller doses over time. A medical professional can also help people manage and treat withdrawal symptoms. The drug is likely to be more like other forms of amphetamine that have long-lasting effects on the brain and body.
Impact of Abuse
Using Concerta, with or without a prescription, is considered the abuse of the drug. Increasing the dose or frequency without a prescription is also considered abuse. Concerta affects chemicals in the brain and nervous system that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. It is often prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Many people take Concerta to treat these conditions. Others abuse the drug for stimulant properties. Some reasons people use the drug include:
- Increased concentration or focus for longer periods of time
- Elevated energy levels
- Appetite-suppressant to lose weight
- Increased dopamine levels associated with pleasure and attention
An overdose on the drug can lead to arrhythmias, convulsions, tremors, restlessness, and other issues. Psychologically, it can lead to delusions, paranoia, aggression, mental confusion, and other symptoms that strain the body’s system. It can ultimately lead the heart to stop working in more serious cases. It is best to seek medical attention if a person is using, or has used, Concerta and may be at risk of overdose. Concerta addiction can lead people to also use other drugs along with it, including alcohol. Mixing drugs or alcohol can be quite dangerous and lead to negative health consequences. The increased risk of alcohol poisoning and other issues can be fatal if not dealt with properly. The key is to find the right treatment program, detox, and support for recovery from any addiction, including Concerta. Once a person seeks help, they can be on the road to healing and begin to reshape a life that does not revolve around seeking drugs and begin to focus on rebuilding their lives.
Rebuilding your life after addiction is not easy. That is why The Last Resort partners with individuals and families to offer support for the journey of recovery. Our goal is to help you navigate addiction treatment and recovery by providing psychological and physical support and tools you need to heal. If you are struggling with addiction, we are here to help. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.