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Focalin Addiction Treatment that Actually Works

For over a decade and a half, we’ve helped people overcome substance use disorders using our unique, evidence-based approach and continuum of care that includes inpatient, outpatient, and virtual addiction treatment programs.

Our board-certified psychiatrists, physicians, and other experts collaborate to create personalized treatment plans that combine proven behavioral and psychological therapies. This approach is highly effective, with an 84% success rate among our patients, far better than that of traditional 12-step programs, which offer (at best) a 50% success rate.

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Treatment options for Focalin addiction

Focalin use disorder is a complex condition, often involving underlying physical, psychological, and emotional factors in addition to the substance use itself. That’s why Enterhealth uses a holistic approach that combines medical and pharmacological treatment with behavioral therapy and psychological care to help patients return to a healthy, productive, and stable life.

Most treatment plans begin with supervised medical detox, also known as withdrawal stabilization. During this phase, the patient’s dose will be slowly tapered down under the close supervision of our 24/7 medical staff. To help alleviate discomfort associated with withdrawal, medical staff may also prescribe medications such as anti-depressants and sleep aids.

It’s important to note that while medical detox is an essential first step, it is NOT a cure for Focalin addiction.

After detox, patients can fully participate in our long-term program of behavioral therapy and psychological counseling, which may be delivered in individual or group settings and may also involve families. We also offer continuing care programs that provide patients with ongoing counseling and support for as long as they need it, promoting a long-term recovery.

Because at Enterhealth, we’re committed to providing patients with the highest quality care and support they need to overcome addiction and achieve lasting recovery.

A Focalin addiction treatment program may include:

  • Medication Management using anti-addiction medications
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Supportive Outpatient Programs (SOP)
  • Maintenance Outpatient Programs (MOP)
  • Holistic treatment services

A range of treatment options based on you

Each person’s path to addiction is unique with different neurological, emotional, social and environmental contributing factors. That’s why the Enterhealth journey to recovery is personalized to meet individuals and families where they are. Whether you need immersive inpatient care or outpatient treatment, we offer a range of evidence-based treatment options and innovative therapies. Enterhealth is the only facility with highly trained on-site addiction specialists, including PhDs, MDs and Master’s Level Therapists, who coordinate care at every stage. Because we understand the science behind addiction, we are best equipped to assess and treat individuals and families. Contact us to see why we’re the only facility with an 84% success rate.



Enterhealth Ranch offers inpatient care that’s on your side, not on the clock. It’s a nurturing environment where treatment is highly personalized and intensified. Every patient has a private room and 24/7 access to addiction trained specialists who use evidence-based treatments and comprehensive care, including medical detox, in-depth medical and psychological assessments, individual and group therapies, life skills and more.

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Enterhealth’s Outpatient Center of Excellence, conveniently located in the Park Cities, is expertly staffed with board-certified addiction specialists. Our comprehensive program is designed for continued recovery care and provides individuals and families the support they need to reconnect with each other and thrive in recovery.

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The Enterhealth Alumni Association offers a unique opportunity for our patients to continue and thrive in their recovery by building relationships through shared experiences. This one-of-a-kind support environment provides a nurturing space where participants can gain understanding, learn from others and continue to rebuild their lives.

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Recovery is one of the most important benefits you can give your employees. Enterhealth provides comprehensive, evidence-based residential and outpatient programs and continued 24/7 technological support with Enterhealth Connect. It’s a tool employees can use to access expert care that fits their schedule for online consultations with highly trained addiction specialists, dynamic content including blogs, podcasts, videos, and continuously updated tools and resources that will aid in their recovery journey.

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How Enterhealth Makes a Difference

“FPO – When I first arrived here, I truly believed I would never be able to function without drugs or alcohol, nor be happy in general ever again. My family did not know how to help me. After being here, I’m a happier person. Laughter comes naturally. I’m repairing relationships I thought were irreparable.”

Hanna (former Enterhealth patient)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Focalin Addiction

What is Focalin?

Focalin is a brand name for a prescription medication that contains the active ingredient dexmethylphenidate. It is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults.

How do people use Focalin?

Focalin is a prescription medication that is taken orally, usually in tablet form. For the treatment of ADHD, Focalin is typically taken once or twice daily, with or without food, depending on the specific formulation. Immediate-release Focalin tablets typically last for 4-6 hours, while extended-release formulations may last up to 12 hours.

Some people may misuse or abuse Focalin by taking higher doses than prescribed, taking it more frequently than recommended, or using it in ways other than orally, such as crushing and snorting the tablets or dissolving them in water and injecting them.

How does Focalin work?

Like Ritalin, Focalin is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant medication that works by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are involved in the regulation of attention, focus, and impulse control.

In people with ADHD, there is a deficiency of dopamine and norepinephrine in certain areas of the brain, which can lead to symptoms such as distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Focalin helps to increase the levels of these neurotransmitters, which can improve attention, focus, and impulse control, and reduce hyperactivity.

How addictive is Focalin?

Focalin is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the United States, which means that it has a high potential for abuse and dependence.

When taken as prescribed, Focalin is generally safe and effective for the treatment of ADHD. However, misuse or abuse of Focalin can lead to addiction, as it can cause changes in the brain’s reward system and lead to a compulsive pattern of drug use despite negative consequences.

What are the side effects of Focalin?

Focalin is generally considered safe when taken as prescribed under the guidance of a medical professional. However, like all medications, it can cause side effects, both in the short-term and long-term.

Short-term side effects of Focalin may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Skin rash

These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own as the body adjusts to the medication. However, if they persist or become severe, it is important to consult a healthcare professional.

Long-term use of Focalin can also cause several side effects, including:

  • Growth suppression in children
  • Psychiatric problems, such as anxiety and depression
  • Cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure and heart rate
  • Liver damage
  • Seizures
  • Addiction and dependence

It is important to note that the risks of these long-term side effects are generally outweighed by the benefits of using Focalin for the treatment of ADHD. However, it is important to monitor for any changes in symptoms or side effects while taking Focalin, and to report any concerns to a healthcare professional.

As with any medication, the benefits and risks of using Focalin should be carefully weighed, and it should only be used under the guidance of a medical professional.

How long does Focalin stay in your system?

The length of time that Focalin stays in your system can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s age, weight, metabolism, and overall health, as well as the dose and frequency of Focalin use.

Focalin has a relatively short half-life of about 2-4 hours for immediate-release formulations and up to 12 hours for extended-release formulations. This means that half of the medication will be eliminated from the body within this time frame.

However, it can take several days for Focalin and its metabolites to be completely eliminated from the body, and drug tests can detect the presence of Focalin in the body for varying lengths of time, depending on the type of test used.

What are Focalin withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms can occur when someone stops taking Focalin after using it regularly for an extended period of time. These symptoms can vary in severity and duration depending on the individual’s dose, frequency of use, and length of time taking the medication.

Withdrawal symptoms from Focalin may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
  • Increased appetite
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Withdrawal symptoms can start as early as a few hours after the last dose and can last for several days or even weeks. The severity of the symptoms can also vary from person to person.

It is important to seek medical advice and support when discontinuing Focalin use, especially if you have been using the medication for a long period of time or at high doses. A healthcare professional can help you gradually taper off the medication to minimize withdrawal symptoms and safely manage any associated health risks.

How do you treat Focalin withdrawal?

Gradually reducing the dosage of Focalin under the supervision of a healthcare professional is typically the safest and most effective way to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Tapering allows the body to adjust to lower levels of the medication over time, reducing the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms.

Regular check-ins with a healthcare professional can help monitor progress and address any concerns or symptoms that may arise during withdrawal. Over-the-counter medications, supplements, or other treatments may help manage specific withdrawal symptoms. For example, non-addictive sleep aids can be used to address insomnia, and pain relievers can help alleviate headaches.

How long does Focalin withdrawal last?

The duration of Focalin withdrawal can vary depending on several factors, such as the individual’s physiology, the dosage of the medication, the duration of use, and whether the medication was stopped abruptly or tapered off gradually.

In general, withdrawal symptoms from stimulant medications like Focalin can begin within a few hours to a few days after stopping the medication and may last from several days to a few weeks. Some individuals may experience longer-lasting or more severe withdrawal symptoms, while others may have a relatively mild experience.

The withdrawal process can be managed more effectively if the medication is tapered off gradually under the supervision of a healthcare professional. This approach allows the body to adjust to lower levels of the medication over time, reducing the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms.

Can you overdose on Focalin?

Yes, it is possible to overdose on Focalin. Overdosing on Focalin can result in serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. The severity of an overdose depends on factors such as the amount ingested, individual tolerance, and the presence of other substances in the system.

Symptoms of a Focalin overdose may include:

  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Agitation, restlessness, or paranoia
  • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tremors or muscle twitching
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness or coma

If you suspect someone has overdosed on Focalin or any other medication, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention by calling emergency services or going to the nearest emergency room. Prompt treatment can help prevent severe complications or even death.

*State standard is 1:10 clinical staff to patient ratio