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Ritalin Addiction Treatment that Actually Works

For the last 15 years, we’ve helped countless people overcome substance use disorders through our unique, evidence-based treatment approach. By providing a continuum of care, which includes inpatient, outpatient, and even virtual treatment programs, we’re able to treat the whole person for a lifetime.

Our team of board-certified doctors, therapists and other experts collaborates to create personalized plans for each patient using proven, effective treatments. That’s we have an 84% success rate, far surpassing the 50% success rate typical of 12-step programs.

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Treatment options for Ritalin addiction

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

Treatment begins with supervised medical detox, also known as withdrawal stabilization. During this phase, our 24/7 medical staff closely monitors the patient as their dose of Ritalin is slowly tapered down. To alleviate any physical and psychological discomfort associated with withdrawal, medical staff may also prescribe other medications, such as anti-depressants and sleeping aids.

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

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

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 Ritalin 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 Ritalin Addiction

What is Ritalin?

Ritalin is a brand name for a prescription medication that contains the active ingredient methylphenidate. It is a central nervous system stimulant that is primarily used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.

How do people use Ritalin?

Ritalin is a prescription medication that is taken orally, usually in tablet form. Ritalin is available in both immediate-release and extended-release formulations, and the dosage and frequency of administration will depend on the individual’s specific needs and response to the medication.

It is important to follow the prescribing doctor’s instructions carefully and to avoid taking more than the recommended dose, as Ritalin can be habit-forming and may have adverse effects if misused or abused.

Some people may misuse or abuse Ritalin 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 Ritalin work?

Ritalin works by increasing the levels of two neurotransmitters in the brain, dopamine and norepinephrine, which are involved in regulating attention, motivation, and movement.

In people with ADHD, there may be imbalances or deficiencies in these neurotransmitters, which can result in symptoms such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, and difficulty focusing. By increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, Ritalin helps to improve these symptoms and increase the individual’s ability to focus and concentrate.

How addictive is Ritalin?

Ritalin 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, Ritalin is generally safe and effective. However, misuse or abuse of Ritalin 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 Ritalin?

Ritalin 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 Ritalin 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 Ritalin 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 Ritalin for the treatment of ADHD or narcolepsy. However, it is important to monitor for any changes in symptoms or side effects while taking Ritalin, and to report any concerns to a healthcare professional. As with any medication, the benefits and risks of using Ritalin should be carefully weighed, and it should only be used under the guidance of a medical professional.

How long does Ritalin stay in your system?

The length of time that Ritalin 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 Ritalin use.

Generally, Ritalin has a relatively short half-life of 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 Ritalin and its metabolites to be completely eliminated from the body. The drug is primarily metabolized in the liver and excreted in the urine.

Drug tests can detect the presence of Ritalin in the body for varying lengths of time, depending on the type of test used. For example, a urine test can detect Ritalin for up to 2-4 days after the last use, while a hair test can detect the drug for up to 90 days or longer.

What are Ritalin withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms can occur when someone stops taking Ritalin 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 Ritalin may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • 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.

How do you treat Ritalin withdrawal?

The best way to treat Ritalin withdrawal is to gradually taper off the medication under the guidance of a healthcare professional, who may also recommend supportive care and medications to manage specific withdrawal symptoms. For example, antidepressants may be used to treat depression or anxiety associated with Ritalin withdrawal, while sleep aids may be used to address insomnia or other sleep disturbances.

In addition, behavioral therapies and support groups can be helpful in managing Ritalin withdrawal and maintaining long-term recovery. These therapies can help individuals develop coping strategies, build a support network, and learn healthy ways to manage stress and other triggers.

Discontinuing Ritalin should only be attempted under close medical supervision, especially if you have been using the medication for a long period of time or at high doses.

How long does Ritalin withdrawal last?

The duration of Ritalin withdrawal can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s dose, frequency of use, and length of time taking the medication. The severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms can also vary from person to person.

In general, Ritalin withdrawal symptoms can start as early as a few hours after the last dose and can last for several days or even weeks. The acute phase of withdrawal symptoms typically lasts for a few days to a week, with symptoms gradually decreasing in intensity over time. However, some individuals may experience more prolonged withdrawal symptoms that can last for several weeks or even months.

Can you overdose on Ritalin?

Yes, it is possible to overdose on Ritalin. An overdose can occur when someone takes more Ritalin than the prescribed dose or uses the medication in ways other than intended, such as crushing and snorting the tablets or dissolving them in water and injecting them.

An overdose of Ritalin can cause serious and potentially life-threatening symptoms, including:

  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic attacks
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If you suspect that someone has taken an overdose of Ritalin, it is important to seek emergency medical attention immediately. Call your local emergency services or poison control center for advice.

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