A methylphenidate like ritalin, concerta is a newer drug that was approved in 2000. It is a stimulant that was designed to treat ADHD (like Ritalin) but its effects have a different duration and amount of strength. Concerta has a similar chemical structure to cocaine and amphetamines, making it potently addictive. It comes in the form of a yellow, red, white or gray pill and is commonly referred to as kiddie cocaine, smarties, skittles, kibbles and bits and kiddy coke.
Effects and Abuse of Concerta
While concerta can be prescribed by a doctor for a legit medical issue such as ADHD or narcolepsy, it is abused by many to get high, lose weight and enhance academic performance. The stimulant affects brain chemicals and one’s nervous system devoted to impulse control and hyperactivity. Concerta can be taken orally, crushed and snorted, or taken intravenously.
Effects of Concerta include:
- Increase in blood pressure
- Sinus arrhythmia
Additionally, college students often combine concerta abuse with alcohol consumption, increasing their chances of alcohol poisoning. This combination causes anxiety, concentration issues and dizziness.
Concerta Addiction Treatment
Beating an addiction to concerta can be quite a challenge, especially without appropriate professional help. The Discovery House, located in Los Angeles, proudly offers you or your loved one struggling with a concerta addiction the necessary help to get clean and sober.
Long term recovery is promoted in every phase of our addiction treatment programs, which can be tailored to meet the needs of any client. We have the best drug and alcohol centers in the U.S., and our long term treatment centers for addiction are top notch luxury rehab facilities.
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