Concerta Use and Addiction

Drug addiction can happen to anyone for a number of underlying factors including emotional distress or a history of trauma. At Muse treatment centers, we understand the nature of drug addiction and want to provide you with a treatment program that provides you with the respect and dignity you deserve as you embark on the healing journey of addiction treatment. Patients are offered an individualized treatment program that is centered around their unique history of drug abuse and allows them the time and space they need to safely overcome their drug addiction from physical dependence and psychological dependence. Concerta abuse can create significant impacts on a person’s physical and mental health which is why our treatment center offers a whole-person integrated approach to healing that will ensure you have long-term success in addiction recovery. 

What is Concerta?

Concerta is a prescription medication prescribed to patients needing support in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Concerta is also known under the generic drug name methylphenidate. Concerta is provided in a pill or tablet form with varying dosage sizes depending on the individual’s need to treat ADHD. If you are abusing Concerta, many individuals will crush the pills and snort Concerta to enhance the high experience. 

Concerta Side Effects

Concerta affects the central nervous system and changes brain functions through stimulant medication. Concerta supports individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to have an increased ability to maintain focus on an activity or task at hand, improve the ability to pay attention and manage any impulsive behaviors.  

Signs of Concerta Abuse and Addiction

When used as prescribed, Concerta is an effective method for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, when Concerta is misused and abused, there is a high possibility of developing a prescription drug addiction to stimulant medication. If you are concerned about your drug abuse or a loved one’s use of Concerta, here are some common signs and symptoms of Concerta addiction or abuse:  

  • Stomach aches
  • Headaches 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Changes or decrease in appetite
  • Insomnia or shifts in sleep patterns
  • Drastic weight changes or weight loss 
  • Vision challenges or impairment 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Agitation 
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety 
  • Numbness
  • Skin rash
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Arrhythmias 

Concerta Withdrawal and Detox Symptoms

Concerta withdrawal will be different depending on the person and the severity of your drug abuse history. Individuals going through a Concerta drug withdrawal, otherwise known as a Concerta crash, may experience the following withdrawal symptoms: 

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Headaches 
  • Nightmares
  • The onset of panic attacks 
  • Appetite changes including an increased appetite 
  • Dysphoria
  • Psychosis 
  • Irregular heart rate 
  • Abnormal blood pressure 
  • Irritability 
  • “Brain fog” 

What are the Long-Term Side Effects of Concerta Use?

Similar to any other illegal drugs or prescribed medication addiction, long-term use of Concerta can create an increased risk of developing long-term side effects. Individuals addicted to Concerta may experience physical health or mental health side effects that may need the attention of medical professionals to overcome safely. Concerta abuse can result in the following long-term side effects: 

  • Increased or high blood pressure 
  • Cardiovascular concerns 
  • Fatigue
  • Exhaustion 
  • Insomnia or changes in regular sleeping patterns 
  • Changes in appetite resulting in lack of nutrition or malnutrition in severe drug addiction cases  
  • Paranoia or paranoid delusions 
  • Anxiety 
  • Anhedonia (an inability to feel pleasure)
  • Developing a stimulants addiction

Concerta Addiction & Treatment

Concerta Addiction Treatment

Muse treatment facility offers a comprehensive treatment program incorporating the highest levels of care and evidence-based therapy methods to support your addiction recovery process. Our team of medical professionals will support you in your withdrawal and detox process to help you safely rid your body of chemical dependency on drugs and alcohol. After you complete your drug detox program, you will be invited to participate in a drug rehab program that will help you gain perspective on what emotions, thoughts, and behaviors have been fueling your drug addiction. Our rehab centers offer inpatient rehab programs or outpatient rehab options that will provide you with a treatment program that works within your current needs for support and healing in an environment that best suits you. Our rehab facility will support you in overcoming your substance abuse and beginning a new lifestyle in addiction recovery. Contact our drug rehab center today to have any questions answered about drug or alcohol rehab and start your road to recovery now. 

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