Think psych drugs aren’t as addictive as street drugs? Think again: Adderal, Ritalin: Drug Addiction Warning

While most people who take prescription medications use them responsibly, when abused—that is, taken by someone other than the patient for whom the medication was prescribed, or taken in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed—prescription medications can produce serious adverse health effects and can lead to drug addiction.

Atlanta Recovery Center
Trans World News
September 14, 2009

Prescription stimulants, such as Adderal, Dexedrine, Concerta, or Ritalin, have been prescribed for a number of reasons.

However, what many people don’t realize is that these drugs can be habit forming, if not addictive.

“Drug addiction takes many guises,” comments Mary Rieser, Executive Director for the Atlanta Recovery Center. “Whether a student who legally takes Adderal to help them stay awake at night to study, and find themselves hooked, to the housewife trying to lose a few pounds- stimulants are addictive and drug addiction can strike the wealthy, the poor, all social levels and classes. Stories of children trading their Ritalin for other drugs are common. Illegal drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine are also stimulants and are also highly addictive.

“Don’t let someone you know become addicted to prescription stimulants- know the facts.”

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