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Concerta Abuse and Addiction

Concerta Addiction & Treatment

When you are living with an active drug addiction, it can feel as though you are alone in your battle with substance abuse. Knowing the appropriate steps to take to seek addiction treatment can be hard if you have never done so before. At The Detox Center of LA, we offer individuals an addiction treatment program that will support you in overcoming the physical signs and dependence to prescription drugs while healing from the underlying causes of your drug abuse. Abusing concerta can have significant impacts on a person’s physical and mental health that will require the support of a comprehensive treatment plan within our recovery center.

What is Concerta?

Concerta is a prescription medication that is often provided to patients looking to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Concerta info also states that the generic drug name is methylphenidate . Concerta comes in a pill or tablet form in varying dosage sizes depending on the prescription to treat the disorder adhd. Individuals engaging in concerta abuse will either take the pills orally or crush them up to snort them.

Concerta Effects

Concerta works by targeting the central nervous system to change the brain functions through stimulant medication. Concerta helps individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder be able to focus on an activity, increase ability to pay attention, and manage and control impulsive behaviors.

Continuing to use the drug even though it’s causing problems in your life such as affecting your health or relationships with loved ones is another indication of addiction. Detox programs and addiction treatment programs can help individuals who experience these signs and symptoms.

Signs of Concerta Abuse and Addiction

While concerta can be an effective means to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, when someone engages in concerta abuse there can be a high potential for a stimulant addiction to occur. Common physical signs and other indicators of concerta addiction are: 

  • Stomach pain
  • Headaches 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Changes in sleep patterns 
  • Sudden weight loss 
  • Vision difficulties 
  • Sweating 
  • Agitation 
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety 
  • Numbness
  • Skin rash
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Arrhythmias 

Concerta Withdrawal Symptoms

Concerta withdrawal is often known as a “concerta crash”. Concerta withdrawal symptoms will vary in severity depending on your specific history with prescription drug abuse. Common withdrawal symptoms that substance abusers will experience are: 

  • Nausea 
  • Anxiety 
  • Headaches 
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Panic attacks 
  • Dysphoria 
  • Increased appetite 
  • Psychosis 
  • Abnormal heart rate 
  • Irregular blood pressure 
  • Irritability 
  • “Brain fog”

Long Term Side Effects of Concerta Abuse

Substance abusers that engage in concerta addiction and abuse either recreationally or prescribed have an increased risk of developing long term side effects from taking the drug. Common side effects and symptoms of concerta abuse are: 

  • High blood pressure 
  • Cardiovascular problems 
  • Extreme fatigue or exhaustion 
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping 
  • Changes in appetite and in some cases malnutrition 
  • Paranoia 
  • Anxiety 
  • Anhedonia meaning an inability to feel pleasure 
  • Stimulants addiction

Concerta Addiction Treatment

The Detox Center of LA offers a unique approach to addiction treatment that focuses on healing from your substance abuse and any co occurring mental illness. Through our comprehensive treatment and rehab program, patients will be provided opportunities to heal from drug addiction through evidence-based therapy methods including behavioral therapy, family therapy, medication assisted treatment, dual diagnosis treatment, drug detox, and life skills development for relapse prevention. Patients can choose an inpatient rehab program or outpatient rehab program that will work with your desired levels of support and guidance for your healing journey of addiction recovery. Our recovery center is dedicated to supporting you and your loved ones heal from your past of substance abuse and develop a new foundation of sober living and health. Contact us today to hear more about the treatment programs for drug addiction and take the first steps towards your road to recovery.