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ADHD Drug Overdoses Rising Among American Children

ADHD Drug Overdoses Rising Among American Children

Why are more kids than ever before overdosing on ADHD drugs in America?

Did you know that the number of U.S. children unnecessarily exposed to powerful medications meant to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has gone through the roof over the past few years? In fact, over a 15-year period, unnecessary exposure to ADHD drugs has increased by more than 60% according to reports!

Study on ADHD Drug Exposure

Recently there was a report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics on ADHD drug exposure and reports to poison control centers indicate:

  • In the year 2000, there were 7,018 calls to poison control centers related to an ADHD drug
  • In 2014, there were 11,486 calls to poison control centers related to an ADHD drug

The study defines “exposure” to an ADHD drug as “unnecessary ingestions, inhalation or absorption” of ADHD medications. This includes when the exposure to the drug is both accidental and on purpose.

The study examined data from approximately 156,000 poison center calls made over the course of 15 years. Another disturbing aspect of the data they collected showed:

  • 82% of the calls were “unintentional exposure”
  • 18% were “intentional exposure”

When taking a closer look at the ADHD drug exposure statistics, the researchers focused in on four of the most common medications used to treat ADHD, including:

Ritalin was the ADHD drug with the highest number of exposures.

One of the lead authors of the study is Dr. Gary Smith. When discussing the conclusions made during the study, Smith states:

“What we found is that, overall, during that 15 years, there was about a 60% increase in the number of individuals exposed and calls reported to poison control centers regarding these medications.”

Smith also concludes that one of the more troublesome findings in the study is the severity of the exposures among the adolescents due to intentional exposure. So essentially, 18% of the calls coming into poison centers concerning an ADHD drug were due to kids taking the medications on purpose.

The study also compared these medications across three different age groups:

  • 0-5 years
  • 6-12 years
  • 13-19 years

In the 0-5 year age group, they discovered that unintentional exposure was due to “exploratory behaviors”. However, with children 6-12 years old, exposure was due to:

  • “Therapeutic errors”
  • “Accidentally taking multiple pills”

Sadly, among the group 13-19 years old, more than 50% of exposures to an ADHD drug were intentional. Researchers note that many teenagers will use these stimulants because.

Even worse is, of all the poison center calls, around 10% resulted in a serious medical outcome. 10% may not seem like a lot, in regards to poisoning from medications any number is too many.

Ups and Downs

Smith did note that there were some ups and downs in the trends concerning ADHD and complications from the medications. For instance, the study notes:

  • Between 2000 and 2011- ADHD drug exposures increased by 71%
  • Between 2011 and 2014- ADHD drug exposures dropped by 6.2%

It is unclear why there was this decrease in ADHD drug exposure rates. However, some believe it may be due to the fact that warnings from the FDA about the adverse side-effects of ADHD medications could play a big part in it.

Another thing that stands out about this study is that we have also seen a steady increase in the rate of ADHD diagnosis.  Case in point, according to new reports:

  • 14% of all American children were diagnosed with ADHD in 2014
  • Between 2005 and 2014 the number of ADHD diagnoses more than doubled

While it is important to note that these medications can be helpful for some, they can also be extremely dangerous. According to Dr. Benjamin Shain of NorthShore University HealthSystem and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine,

“Adverse effects of taking too much stimulant medication include fast heart rate, increased blood pressure, tremors, and agitation. Worse case scenarios include schizophrenic-like psychosis, heart attack, stroke, seizures and death,”

Shain adds that adverse effects are the same if you do or do not have ADHD, or if you take too much of the medication. So people who are prescribed an ADHD drug still run the risk of suffering through some of these side-effects.

Making Safer Choices

At the end of the day, it is all about making safer choices for yourself or your loved one. When it comes to treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, there are other important elements. Various therapies can be helpful in creating a more comprehensive treatment plan, such as:

Ironically, these same therapies are also extremely helpful for those who may find themselves abusing these kinds of prescription medications. People suffering from substance use disorder can benefit greatly from these opportunities.

Because these ADHD drugs are stimulants, they also have a tendency to be abused. Either by those with a medical prescription who use too much of the drug or by those with no medical need who use them for the feelings of energy and focus they get. Again, in the case of prescription stimulant abuse, the beginning of a path to recovery means making safer choices. One of the best choices you can make is to seek professional and effective treatment options.

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11 Meth Addiction Side Effects and Health Risks

11 Meth Addiction Side Effects and Health Risks

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Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant drug commonly referred to as meth. It is used by roughly 4% of the population of the U.S., with recent reports showing meth using rising in areas around the country.

  • 2012- 440,000 people reported using meth
  • 2014- 569,000 people reported using meth

That is a 29% increase in just two years!

  • 2014- 3,700 overdose deaths were caused by meth
  • 2015- 4,900 overdose deaths were caused by meth
  • 2016- 7,700 overdose deaths were caused by meth

Recent statistics indicate that meth is one of the most commonly used drugs in America. This illicit chemical substance is a Schedule II drug, with an elevated potential for:

  • Abuse
  • Dependency
  • Addiction
  • Long-term health issues

Using this drug is not only illegal but extremely dangerous for both mental health and physical health. Meth addiction can lead to some very serious organ problems, and can even be fatal. The risks associated with meth addiction only get worse the longer that someone uses it. More damage is done to the organs and the risks of developing other health issues continued to increase.

Meth is a highly addictive drug, and meth addiction can be very difficult to overcome without safe medical detox, professional treatment, and continued support. Due to the risks of meth use, one should not wait to get help. But how do you know someone has a meth addiction?

Here are 11 signs and side effects of meth addiction to watch out for.

  1. Meth Mouth

Xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth, is a well-known side-effect of meth addiction. The mouths own saliva contains antibacterial properties that naturally help to maintain oral hygiene. When someone has a chronic dry mouth, less saliva is produced, causing more exposure to bacteria. “Meth mouth” is when dry mouth from meth use causes thing like:

  • Inflammation
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss

Regular issues with oral hygiene such as these may be an indication of frequent meth use.

  1. Hallucinations

A common side effect of long-term meth addiction is experiencing hallucinations. This may not mean they are currently under the influence of the drug. Hallucinations are not only visual either. Some people who hallucinate due to meth use experience:

  • Disturbing images or people who aren’t there
  • Hear phantom sounds and voices
  • Smell odors
  • Fell phantom sensations

Sometimes the hallucinated sensations can lead to other side effects.

  1. Open Sores

A side effect of meth use is severe itching, which can cause intense scratching that creates huge, red, open sores on the skin. The sores can happen even after the first use. Typically they show up on:

  • Face
  • Arms
  • Chest

This is because the chemicals used to make meth can dry out the skin. But the itching and scratching fits can also be caused by hallucinations created by the chemicals in the drug. Some users will think there are bugs on, or even beneath their skin.

  1. Violent Outburst

Meth addiction is frequently connected to aggressive behavior and even bursts of violence. Studies conducted among meth users have determined that:

  • 56% of meth uses admit the drug causes them to commit violence
  • 59% reported specific violent criminal behaviors, such as robbery and homicide

This powerful stimulant can exaggerate aggression. If you or a loved one exhibits uncharacteristically violent outbursts, it may be a sign of serious meth addiction.

  1. Insomnia

A signature side effect of most stimulants is that they prominently influence the central nervous system, giving an individual an energy boost. Due to the heightened sense of alertness, meth addiction often causes sleep disturbances and insomnia.

Many meth users report to staying awake for several days or even weeks at a time. Eventually, they may experience an intense crash for two or three days between extended periods of intense stimulation.

  1. Nervous/Anxious

As meth continues acting on the central nervous system, the stimulant typically makes someone feel more nervous or anxious on a constant basis.

  • Evidence shows roughly 75% of meth users have experience anxiety disorders

Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported psychiatric symptoms of people addicted to meth.

  1. Paranoia

Along with the effects of the stimulant on energy levels, meth also influences the part of the brain that controls rational thinking and emotional responses. Once this chemical acts on the brain, it can create an imbalance that causes paranoid thoughts to creep in. Other side-effects of meth can actually make it worse, including:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Increased Aggression
  • Anxiety

These various factors can contribute to a growing sense of paranoia, which could be an indication of severe meth use.

  1. Depression

Because of the effects of using meth on the brain, the stimulant also causes emotional imbalance. Some studies show:

  • 48% of meth users struggle with depression

The imbalance in brain chemicals for altering and controlling a person’s mood can lead to other mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder.

  1. Weakened Immune System

The use of meth has been connected to higher rates of inflammation and cell damage. These side effects cause many meth users to have weakened immune systems. This decreased immunity makes meth addicts more vulnerable to illnesses and diseases. Meth users suffer high rates and are at higher risk of illnesses like:

  • Staph infection/MRSA
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer

These are a few examples of why someone recovering some meth should seek professional medical treatment.

  1. Brain Damage

As mentioned, the potential damage caused by meth only gets worse the longer it is used. Extended meth addiction can damage blood vessels in the brain can cause fatal side effects, including:

  • Stoke
  • Heart attack

Data has also shown meth can decrease gray matter in the brain, which increased the risk of memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Organ Failure

Methamphetamine is commonly cut with various chemicals that are very toxic to the body. These toxins put vital organs through a lot of stress, which can lead to organ failure. A very dire sign of meth addiction is organ failure, especially regarding:

  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Lungs
  • Brain
  • Heart

Too much meth containing toxins that cannot be properly filtered or processed can cause organs to permanently shut down or cease to function, which can ultimately lead to death.

Meth Addiction Treatment

All the damage caused by meth and the chemicals combined with it should not be underestimated. This is why it is purposely suggested that those trying to recover from meth should seek out a safe medical detox in order to properly diagnose and treat related issues, and avoid further health complications. Look for a professional and personalized program that is right for you.

Beyond the physical harm, comprehensive addiction treatment should include cognitive behavioral therapy and other holistic and innovative treatment options. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, do not wait. Please call toll-free now. We want to help.

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Can Coffee Cure Cocaine Addiction?

Can Coffee Cure Cocaine Addiction?

Author: Justin Mckibben

Cocaine addiction is a very real, very serious illness. It is a drug that was made more famous once upon a time through the disco days and films about drug kingpins with scars on their face (can’t quite remember the name), and its dangers only multiplied with its increased popularity as a party drug years later.

Using cocaine creates potentially fatal health risks in anyone, especially those struggling with a serious chemical dependency. But recently a study was published in the Journal of Caffeine Research that is stating a pretty far-fetched claim, which is that coffee could help reduce the symptoms of cocaine addiction, and could be particularly helpful for women suffering from cocaine addiction.

Details of Cocaine Addiction

There are different ways you can use cocaine, all of them have the potential to become addictive habits. You can smoke it, snort it (through the nose), or shoot it (intravenous use). And for each different method of getting high off of cocaine there are somewhat different signs of cocaine addiction.

For the most part the signs of cocaine addiction will be the same though, including:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Persistent runny nose (cocaine drip)
  • Weight loss
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Teeth grinding
  • Cold sweats
  • Tremors and muscle jerks
  • Nasal and sinus problems
  • Bronchitis and chest pain
  • Feeling that bugs are crawling under the skin

In more serious cases cocaine addiction can lead to what is called cocaine psychosis, which is commonly compared to being similar to paranoid schizophrenia. It can also lead to other issues such as:

  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Coma
  • Death

New Research on Coffee

Researchers for this newest project noted that caffeine can serve as a neuroprotective block against some of the changes most commonly associated with drug use that occur in the brain.

Cocaine triggers the release of what can be simplified as the “happy hormone” in the brain known as dopamine, but caffeine stimulates adenosine receptors in the brain that regulate dopamine levels.

Specifics for Women

They also learned that while cocaine use shifts the menstrual cycle and creates high levels of oestrogen in women, which is believed to actually spark susceptibility to cocaine abuse and addiction, caffeine also acts as a block on these changes.

Research findings showed after taking vaginal smears from rats before and after they were given cocaine and caffeine, they were able to determine that while cocaine induced random changes in the animals’ menstrual cycle, these changes did not take place if the rats were given caffeine 30 minutes after cocaine use. So even after using cocaine, the coffee was able to deflect some of the symptoms.

As the acting lead author of this groundbreaking study Patricia A. Broderick, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Caffeine Research described these new results as,

“cutting-edge work that has never been shown before. It is critical knowledge relevant to women’s reproductive health.”

Showing avid support for the continued research into finding ways that coffee can be used to alleviate the symptoms commonly created by cocaine addiction. This kind of conclusion suggests that in the future coffee could be used not only to combat the side effects of active using, but also to block out the release of dopamine for potential users.

Opposing Opinions

Despite the excitement some are feeling at this discovery, some opposing opinions, including scientists have already argued that coffee is actually too similar to cocaine in that regular use can produce a strong dependency. For some time people have debated the similarities between coffee and other stimulant-type substances.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported last year that emergency room visits attributed to energy drinks more than doubled:

  • from 10,068 in 2007
  • up to 20,783 in 2011

Caffeine use being considered dangerous became even more relevant in October 2013 when UK native John Jackson actually died from a caffeine overdose! John Jackson had reportedly eating over 300 Hero Instant Energy Mints, which contains about 3 times the amount of caffeine considered to be safe.

Some beverages throughout history have gone the extra mile, and cut out the middle-man caffeine and go straight for the cocaine. Coca leaf tea has been consumed in many South American countries for thousands of years, but also includes a small amount of cocaine that is enough to act as a stimulant similar to caffeine.

Others persist that despite the nature of the beverage as harmless coffee can present a problem for addicts. Some coffee pioneers have taken it a step further and started brewing fermented coffee drinks. So while opinions may differ, this study has some thinking maybe coffee isn’t so bad after all. How soon until we have a lifesaving espresso?

While any innovations in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse are always welcome, until there is more evidence to these claims the best methods of addressing serious and potentially fatal addiction is a well-rounded and personalized treatment program. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

ADHD: Disease or Boredom?

ADHD: Disease or Boredom?

By Cheryl Steinberg

If you’re like me and many others with a history of addiction, you have also – at one point in your life – been diagnosed with ADHD. Just what is it about ADHD (and addiction) that has us constantly seeking ways to increase pleasure – both harmful and innocuous?

It comes down to dopamine.

Neuroscience research has recently shown that people with ADHD have brains that are actually hard-wired for ‘novelty-seeking.’ And this is a trait that, until relatively recently, had a distinct evolutionary purpose and even advantage. When compared with people who don’t have ADHD, people with the so-called disorder have slow and underwhelmed brain reward circuits, which leaves everyday life feeling routine and under-stimulating.

In order to compensate for this, people with ADHD are typically drawn to new and exciting experiences (hence novelty-seeking) and become characteristically impatient and restless with the regimented structure that typifies our modern world.

In short, people with ADHD may not have a disorder or disease, but more of a set of behavioral traits that just don’t fit the expectations of our contemporary culture.

The release of dopamine in the reward circuit of the brain is incited by rewards such as sex, money, drugs, and new situations, in general. Besides generating a sense of pleasure, this dopamine signal tells your brain something like, “Pay attention, this is an important experience that is worth remembering.”

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, a scientist who directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has studied the dopamine reward pathway in people with ADHD. Her findings show that adults with ADHD had significantly fewer D2 and D3 receptors – two specific subtypes of dopamine receptors – in their reward circuits than did people who don’t have ADHD. Moreover, the lower the level of dopamine receptors was, the greater the symptoms of inattention.

These findings suggest that people with ADHD have reward circuits that are less sensitive at baseline than those without the disorder. Having a hampered reward circuit makes what others would find to be interesting seem dull and would explain, at least in part, why people with ADHD find repetitive and routine tasks unrewarding and even painfully boring.

Drugs that are in the psychostimulant class, such as Adderall and Ritalin, “help” by blocking the transport of dopamine back into neurons, thus increasing its level in the brain. What this really does is make boring, routine tasks more bearable.

Why the Increase in People with ADHD?

It seems that more and more children – as young as 2 and 3 years old – as well as adults are being diagnosed with ADHD. Some of this rising trend can no doubt be attributed to Big Pharma, the huge pharmaceutical industry, whose profitable drugs are the lifeblood of treatment.

Another is a social factor may be driving the ADHD “epidemic” and which has gone unnoticed: the increasingly glaring contrast between regimented and demanding school and work environments and the highly-stimulating digital world, where we spend most of our time while at school and work and during our down time.

The digital era is a world defined by instant gratification where practically any desire, fantasy, or bit of knowledge is literally at our fingertips. In comparison, school and work settings simply pale in comparison – being even duller to a novelty-seeking kid (perhaps one who would be diagnosed with ADHD today) living in the early 21st century than in previous decades, and the comparatively boring school environment might accentuate students’ inattentive behavior.

The Good News: The True Nature of ADHD

ADHD: Disease or Boredom? ADHD is more likely boredom in the face of routine and regimen. It is the increased desire for curiosity, imagination, and all things new; not a disease.

There shouldn’t be this rush to medicalize and medicate children’s – and adults – curiosity, energy and novelty-seeking. Because, in the right environment, these traits are not a disability, rather they are real assets.

A Natural Treatment for ADHD?

People have successfully “treated” their ADHD simply by altering the conditions of their environment – especially when it comes to the type of work they do – changing from a highly routinized one  to one that was varied and unpredictable. They have found that, suddenly, their greatest liabilities, such as impatience, short attention span and restlessness, became resources.

This is what is really at the heart of ADHD: what it truly is and why it seems so prevalent in today’s culture.

Do you experience symptoms of ADHD? Are you attempting a sober lifestyle but think you have to take psychoactive drugs, like stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, in order to function? Have you developed a substance abuse problem related to your ADHD? If any of these apply to you or you are struggling with any type of substance abuse or addiction issue, call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 to speak with an Addiction Specialist.

Substance Showdown: Ritalin vs. Meth

Substance Showdown: Ritalin vs. Meth


Author: Justin Mckibben

The words Crystal Meth have a pretty solid reputation as the name of a dangerous and devastating drug. The physical signs of meth due to the recent surge of TV series covering this drug both in drama shows such as “Breaking Bad” to documentary style pieces dedicated to educating the public, which quite often feature before and after pictures of people on meth, like The Meth Project.

But why Ritalin? Is that not a prescription medication for behavioral issues like ADHD? So isn’t it safe? Well this stimulant medication is quickly gaining some notoriety of its own due to the adverse health effects caused by regular abuse and misuse of this medication. So today on the substance showdown we take a look at what may seem like a one sided fight, but should be a good example of why you should not under-estimate the under-dog: Crystal Meth vs Ritalin.

This is a substance showdown: Ritalin vs Meth

The two substances, Ritalin and meth will go head to head for three rounds based on: health effects, insidiousness and legality, and withdrawal. The winner is the worst of each category and the winner will be the one who wins the most categories. Let’s see who comes out on top in today’s main event, RITALIN vs. METH!



This amphetamine-like substance causes the same types of effects on the body as other forms of speed! Some symptoms include things like loss of appetite, insomnia, increased heart rate. When Ritalin is abused in larger doses, especially through different forms of ingestion like injection or snorting, it puts an even greater stress on the body, and as a result excessive trauma on the heart can be fatal.


  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Nausea
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Hyper-excitability
  • Irritability
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions, seizures
  • Death from high doses


  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
  • Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Malnutrition, weight loss
  • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
  • Strong psychological dependence
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Damage to the brain including strokes and possibly epilepsy


Now, once we get into these health effects, pay really close attention to the similarities between the two, and see how many of these are the same.


  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Nausea
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Hyper-excitability
  • Irritability
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions, seizures
  • Death from high doses


  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
  • Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Malnutrition, weight loss
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
  • Strong psychological dependence
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy
  • Collapse or death

ROUND 1 HEALTH EFFECTS: WINNER IS NEITHER IT IS A DRAW- In case you didn’t notice, the short-term AND long-term effects of the two are THE SAME!



Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs such as marijuana, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. Meth is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Meth has little to no insidiousness because it is well known in its effects and addictiveness. Most people have seen The Meth Project’s before and after photos of meth users either on TV, on billboards, on the internet or maybe even in their D.A.R.E class. Most people who end up smoking meth know the horrors and dangers of it but think either it can’t or won’t happen again. As some of us have heard before the saying “just once” is what most future meth addicts say. This doesn’t make meth insidious. Although on a little side note, I was kind of surprised to find out that Schedule II substance along with prescription narcotics. I don’t know if this is supposed to be saying meth isn’t that dangerous or that prescription narcotics are more dangerous than people like to think.


Methylphenidate is a Schedule II controlled substance, and both production and distribution are designed to be tightly controlled. While Ritalin use has recently declined in the past few years, prescription patterns involving similar drugs such as Adderall have sky-rocketed, primarily due to the progression of the demand within the United States for ADD and ADHD medications. In 2005, 1.9 million U.S. prescriptions were written for Ritalin, while prescriptions for Adderall-XR and Concerta totaled out around 8.7 million and 8.2 million. During that same year, use of methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine figured into 7,873 emergency-room visits in the United States alone. The U.S. has the highest rate of both ADD diagnosis and methylphenidate use in the world, with an estimated 1.5 million U.S. children currently using some form of the drug daily, with millions more taking such other ADHD medications as Adderall and Concerta.  While there is little evidence of physical addiction to Ritalin when used under medical supervision and correctly dosed and monitored, it can produce both tolerance and physical addiction when used recreationally to get high.

THE WINNER OF ROUND 2 IS RITALIN- Ritalin takes the title as being more insidious than meth because it is legal and actually dealt out to children. The dangers of meth are well documented and meth is very illegal, while Ritalin is considered to be safe to the point you can find is in house-hold cabinets across the country, and parents giving them to their kids, often unaware of the dangerous effects that can result from the abuse of this substance.



Methamphetamine can be taken orally, smoked, snorted, or injected. The user will experience a sudden “rush” of pleasure directly after smoking or injecting the drug. This sensation only lasts for about a minute or two while the effects of meth can last from 30 minutes to 12 hours. Meth also has a high risk of dependency in users. If the user becomes dependent, they need more and more of the substance to feel the high. Methamphetamine withdrawal varies depending on the level of addiction and frequency of meth use.

  1. Depression

It can be very difficult to deal with the mental anguish that you obtain from meth. Withdrawal from methamphetamine has been associated with depression.

  1. Fatigue

Once an individual stops using meth they can become extremely tired. Without the artificial source of energy, the person begins to feel uncomfortable and deprived of energy.

  1. Changes in Heart Rhythm

Methamphetamine is a stimulant, and can cause irregular heartbeats. When the addict stops using the drug changes in heart rhythm may occur.


Ritalin withdrawal symptoms are most likely to be felt if you are taking a large dose of this medication. If you take a low or moderate dose, you are less likely to feel withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Ritalin. Slowly tapering off over time can reduce your symptoms. So although Ritalin withdrawal is generally not life threatening, it can be uncomfortable. It can be so uncomfortable that people may start taking the drug again in order to relieve the withdrawal symptoms. Even more terrifying is the fact that if a pregnant woman is taking Ritalin her baby may have withdrawal symptoms after it is born, and have already developed some level of physical dependency.

  1. Depression

Being without this medication after abusing it for long periods of time can create serious depression due to the lack of focus and energy, and the combination of other adverse health effects and withdrawal symptoms.

  1. Fatigue

Again, with the lack of this stimulant being present there can be a chemical imbalance created that causes discomfort and lack of energy or enthusiasm.

  1. Changes in Heart Rhythm

As mentioned in health effects of Ritalin, this stimulant effects the heart and blood pressure in the body, so when someone abusing Ritalin regularly stops abruptly their heart rhythm may change and become even more irregular.


The reason Meth wins out on this round is because anyone using meth even on a regular basis can experience withdrawals, and they intensify depending on the frequency and the amount of usage. Ritalin has the same type of effects on the body with withdrawals, but it takes someone over-using or abusing this medication against doctors’ orders. No doctor prescribes meth for a good reason.



Ritalin, the often under-estimated and over-looked under-dog takes this fight for one simple reason, it is LEGAL. When comparing the adverse health effects caused by these to drugs, and the withdrawal symptoms, they are practically reflections of each-other as stimulants. Ritalin may not have some of the deterioration effect on the outer appearance, or the reputation from TV and media, but the fact that when abused it does the same kind of damage as meth can on the body is relevant. Ritalin is still kept in homes everywhere while looked at as an innocent medication to aid with ADHD, and while it does help a lot of people with severe Attention Deficit, it can be easily abused. The fact alone that it can hurt people the same way meth can and yet thousands of Americans dose themselves and even their children with it every day puts it in the winner’s circle, but regardless when either drug is abused, we lose!

Check out our other Substance Showdown blogs:

Alcohol v. Marijuana

Ecstasy v. Molly

Heroin v. Prescription Painkillers

Powder Cocaine v. Crack

Many drugs have vastly different effects on the mind and the body, and some are more noticeably harmful than others, but the disease of addiction does not discriminate, no matter what the drug is! If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

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