Classified as a stimulant, Concerta is often prescribed in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, obesity and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When used as prescribed, Concerta can help increase overall focus and attention.
Similar to Adderall or Dexedrine, this drug is often obtained illegally and used without the supervision of a medical professional. This recreational use increases the chances the user will go on to abuse Concerta, often resulting in dependence or addiction.
Signs of Concerta Addiction
Prolonged use of Concerta often leads to requiring more and more of the drug in order to achieve the desire effects such as euphoria, increased energy or heightened attention. As higher dose are required, those abusing Concerta may experience the following:
- Violent tendencies
- Unexplained euphoria
If you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to seek the advice of a medical professional. Continued abuse of this drug can lead to stroke, heart attack, coma, seizure or death.
Treatment for Concerta Abuse
There is help for those who find themselves abusing Concerta. First, be sure to seek the help of medical professionals, as abruptly stopping the use of this drug can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms such as depression and thoughts of suicide.
It’s then important to seek further help from an addiction recovery center in order to treat the underlying causes of your addiction. At Talbott Recovery, our day treatment and intensive outpatient programs in Atlanta, Dunwoody and Columbus, GA provide the treatment you or your loved one needs to begin a life beyond addiction. Contact Talbott Recovery today to learn more about our drug addiction treatment options.