Why Canadians Abuse Ritalin: Are ADHD Drugs Addictive?

Ritalin is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects comparable to, but more powerful than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines.

Understanding Ritalin

The way Ritalin works in an abuser is not totally understood. What is acknowledged about how Ritalin “works” is that it produces malfunctions in the brain to a certain extent than by improving brain function. This is the only way it works. This medicine is often given to children who are believed to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Addictive Properties

Ritalin is an addictive drug and mimics the accomplishment of chemicals your brain produces to send messages of pleasure to your brain’s reward center. Ritalin produces a false feeling of pleasure.

Ritalin produces its pleasing effects by chemically performing like certain normal brain messenger chemicals, which produce optimistic feelings in reaction to signals from the brain. The consequence is an addiction to Ritalin since the individual be able to depend on the direct, quick, predictable high effect that Ritalin provides.

At the same time, Ritalin short circuits interests in and the stimulus to make life’s regular rewards work. Increasingly self-reliance is placed on Ritalin at the same time other survival feelings are unnoticed and bypassed.


Ritalin Withdrawal varies in severity and extent. The withdrawal from Ritalin addiction depends on the quantity and period of time that the individual was addicted to Ritalin.

When abused, Ritalin tablets are crushed, taken orally, dissolved in water and “cooked” for intravenous injection or snorted. There are frequent reports in medical journals in relation to permanent and irreversible lung tissue damage associated to injection of crushed Ritalin tablets.

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