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When you love someone with an addiction, it can be hard to understand why he or she can’t just stop using overnight. Addiction can take over an individual’s life and produce an all-consuming desire to continue use despite wanting or needing to stop.

It is important to understand that recovery takes time, dedication and a lot of hard work. However, with the right treatment and the will to succeed, it is possible to achieve a life free from the abuse of concerta.

Help for Concerta Addicts

Recovery from the throes of addiction is typically successful when an individual seeks treatment through either a residential inpatient or outpatient treatment center. These centers typically incorporate a number of steps that may include:

  • Medical evaluation.
  • Supervised detoxification.
  • Individual and/or group therapy sessions.
  • Other recovery resources, such as regular participation in 12-step programs.
  • Planning for aftercare, such as transfer to a sober-living facility.

An addiction treatment center provides a great support system for individuals fighting addiction, as well as therapy and skills training to prevent relapse.

Is It Addictive?

Concerta is the trade name for methylphenidate, a stimulant medication used to treat ADD and ADHD in both children and adults. The drug is often taken under the supervision of a doctor or other medical or mental health professional.

When taken as prescribed, Concerta can be very effective against attention deficit. However, as with many stimulant drugs, it can be addictive. In fact, it is a Schedule II drug, meaning it as a “high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Concerta is commonly abused for the cocaine-like effects it can produce, such as:

  • Euphoria.
  • Increased wakefulness and focus.
  • Talkativeness.

It is particularly addictive when users:

  • Take it in doses and/or with a frequency higher than intended.
  • Mix it with other drugs.
  • Take it via alternate methods such as by crushing and snorting, or via injection after dissolving into liquid solution.

What are the Signs of Addiction?

The risks of adverse adverse effects of Concerta use are minimized in those taking it as directed by a medical professional. As mentioned, taking Concerta in doses and for periods of time that exceed prescribed parameters constitutes substance abuse; those who abuse stimulants in this manner often show a number of alarming signs and symptoms of their addiction.

The negative side effects that might indicate someone is abusing Concerta include:

  • Marked and rapid weight loss.
  • Mood swings and irritability.
  • Agitation.
  • Sleep disturbances/inability to sleep.
  • Increased heart rate/tachycardia/elevated blood pressure.
  • Hallucinations, pressured speech, “flight of ideas,” and other signs that mimic psychosis.
  • Convulsions.

The above symptoms often point to abuse, and seeking help for the individual displaying such symptoms is extremely important. Continued use, especially at high doses or in combination with other drugs, can result in overdose and possibly death.

Am I Addicted?

Some of the possible withdrawal symptoms of Concerta include:

  • Nausea.
  • Alternating bouts of insomnia, extreme fatigue, and prolonged sleeping duration.
  • Increased appetite and weight gain.
  • Confusion / disorientation.
  • Severe depression.

If you find yourself experiencing the above symptoms or if you believe you cannot function without taking the drug, seek help. Experiencing any of these could indicate a profound dependence. If you are consistently showing any of the aforementioned troubling symptoms, you could be experiencing the effects of addiction. You may also be facing a substance use disorder if you feel withdrawal symptoms when you’re not able to access or use Concerta.

Concerta Addiction Treatment

Help is available for those who suffer from Concerta abuse, dependence, and addiction. It is important to seek help immediately once you suspect that you or a loved one has an addiction. The severity of the addiction will dictate the “best” type of treatment.

Some people, on their own, are able to cut back from their excessive use with less-intensive treatment, such as one would receive through an outpatient rehabilitation center.


However, some people require intensive and medically assisted treatment to first deal with their withdrawal symptoms, which will then enable them to move through active rehabilitation to overcome their addiction. An inpatient rehabilitation treatment center is the best option for those with wanting or needing intensive, 24-hour care as well as for those who would benefit from being removed from an environment or trigger situation that has been supporting continued substance use.

Clinical Supervision during withdrawal is a key component of addiction treatment, as going through withdrawal on your own can be extremely uncomfortable, can cause or intensify depression or other mental health issues, and can lead you to sabotage your own recovery in an attempt to stop the symptoms. A rehab center, staffed with a team of professionals, can help you in this process.

Call Our Hotline Today

If you are addicted to Concerta or know someone struggling with abuse, call the helpline today at for more information and help in identifying your treatment needs.

Treatment support specialists are ready to take your confidential call, and help you or your loved one understand how treatment can help you live a life free from the constant pull of addiction. There are also free drug abuse hotline numbers you can call.

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Patrick Condron, M.Sc., M.A.C., is an addiction specialist and drug and alcohol counselor. He is Executive Director of Lazarus House, Inc., a transitional residential program for men and women who continue to work on their recovery towards independent living.
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