Adderall and Ritalin are both stimulant medications that are used for the treatment of the symptoms of ADHD. These medications do have different main ingredients despite achieving a similar effect on those with ADHD. The main ingredient is amphetamine/dextroamphetamine for Adderall and the main ingredient in Ritalin is methylphenidate.
Differences Between Adderall and Ritalin
Adderall and Ritalin both have a lot in common. They are both central nervous system stimulants used for the treatment of AHDH and narcolepsy. Stimulants like these help improve focus and attention and reduce hyperactivity. The main difference between the two, when used properly, is that Ritalin works more quickly, reaching peak performance quicker that Adderall does, which tends to stay in the system longer and lasts longer.
Potential for Adderall and Ritalin Abuse
Adderall and Ritalin are both federally controlled substances because of the high potentiality of abuse and/or dependence. When either of these drugs is used improperly by those without ADHD it creates effects similar to those of cocaine. They will feel an instant “high” and a feeling of euphoria. According to NCBI:
Subjective effects similar to cocaine’s are produced by amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, phenmetrazine, methylphenidate, and diethylpropion.
Cocaine is one of the most addictive and rewarding drugs out there, which is why Adderall and Ritalin have such a high rate of abuse and addiction. Both drugs can cause some of the same side effects in a person who is abusing it such as:
- Increased heart rate
- Manic episodes
- Loss of appetite
- Raised blood pressure
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight loss
- Shakiness and tremors
- Mood swings
Why ADHD Drugs Are Abused
People tend to abuse Adderall and Ritalin because of the effects it produces. It gives people feelings of confidence, euphoria, increased concentration, and suppressed appetite. Many young adults tend to use these drugs as “study drugs”. This is because it can cause a person to stay awake for hours and hours, which is why young adults use this when they are studying or “cramming” for a test. They also use it to increase energy, memory, attention, and focus.
If you think someone may be abusing Adderall or Ritalin, there are signs of abuse that you can look out for. These telltale signs man include:
- Being overly talkative
- Extreme excitability
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive weight loss
- Financial problems
- Staying awake and then sleeping for long periods
- Secretive behavior
- Incomplete thoughts
- Short attention span
- Overworking themselves
- Manic behavior
- Impulsive behavior
We Can Help with Ritalin & Adderal Addiction
If you or a loved one has an Adderall or Ritalin dependency or addiction, you can utilize the therapeutic approach offered at Garden State Treatment Center. We offer many different treatment programs to meet your specific needs that provide therapeutic education and guidance for each individual in order to help them reintegrate into society in a safe way. With the help of our team of therapists, we offer one on one, group therapy, as well as many other specialized options to fit each person’s needs.
Addiction treatment requires a multi-layered approach for maximum success. We want to make sure you have the tools you need to avoid relapse in the real world. Addiction isn’t an easy problem to face. Luckily you do not have to face it on your own. Our admissions counselors and addiction professionals are available around the clock. We are ready to help you or a loved one overcome the disease of addiction. Now is the time to change your life. Let us help you do it.