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Top Concerta Treatment Centers
Concerta addiction is on the rise as abusers seek out its powerful stimulant properties that are often similar to amphetamines and cocaine. Top Concerta treatment centers recognize abuse patterns in patients who have been prescribed this drug for treatment of ADHD. There is evidence of higher addiction rates when Concerta is taken in ways other than prescribed and by individuals who are not diagnosed with the ADHD disorder. Often, Concerta addicts present other co-addictions upon entering a treatment program. Withdrawals will vary according to the level, duration, and type of drugs used and safety during this process is important. A medically monitored Detox can make this process more comfortable. When co-occurring diagnoses and co-occurring psychological disorders are apparent, access to necessary treatment may be required. Medical services, therapy, and counseling will ensure a successful recovery for the addict as they continue to get the proper attention and resources they need.
What is Concerta?
Concerta is a central nervous system stimulant, methylphenidate, prescribed as part of a plan for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD,or narcolepsy. It is designed to be an extended release medication that increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. These neurotransmitters are associated with excitement, motivation and pleasure. The drug has produces a calming effect in ADHD patient to enhance their ability to focus. When it is abused, taken in higher dosages, more often, or through other routes such as snorted or injected, it becomes as a powerful stimulant. Concerta is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance with a high potential for dependency and abuse.
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Leading Causes of Concerta Addiction
Concerta is often abused by the parents of children with ADHD because it is so easily available to them. The increased usage produces a tolerance that requires more usage to gain the same effects and has negative withdrawals when usage stops. The stimulant increases energy, focus, self esteem, euphoria, and more. It can be easily obtained in schools and colleges, or through friends and family. Students begin using Concerta for studying or recreational purposes without realizing the high risk involved. When the drug is snorted or injected the rapid increases of dopamine disrupts the flow of the neurotransmitters and presents a greater risk for dependency.
Why Quit Concerta?
There are a lot of unwanted side effects from Concerta abuse beyond its high risk for addiction. The tablets are specially designed to dissolve over time and when they are injected, the insoluble substances may block blood vessels. With increased blood pressure and elevated heart rates, there may be a potential for other cardiovascular problems or stroke. Behavioral changes such as hostility or paranoia can become extreme and unwanted behaviors can have a negative effect on relationships, health, finances, and normal abilities to function. The use of stimulants can also result in co-occurring addictions, anorexia, hypersensitivity, anemia, psychosis and even death.
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Concerta Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms may include extreme fatigue, depression, irritability, and abnormal sleep patterns. Other psychological withdrawals such as panic attacks and suicidal thoughts may be more complicated symptoms that arise in cases of chronic abuse or co-occurring addictions. It is important not to abruptly stop using this drug without consulting medical professions regarding your situation.
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Treatment for Concerta Addiction
Treatment for Concerta addiction is typically the same as treatment for amphetamine addiction. This drug however, often presents patients who have dual diagnosis or other medically needy situations. Based on the individual, the treatment is designed to give them the greatest opportunities available to access resources and services to ensure addiction recovery. Whether inpatient or outpatient, medical professionals and addiction specialists can assess the individual and prescribe a plan that suits their needs. Withdrawal is medically monitored and managed with follow ups of individual and group counseling sessions. Therapeutic services are offered for both the physical and psychological needs as they become apparent. After care support, such as a 12 Step program, will usually be necessary to continue sobriety.
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