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    Father Concerned About Son’s Growing Ritalin Addiction

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    Father Concerned About Son’s Growing Ritalin Addiction

    Caller: 52-year old man calling on behalf of his son

    Problem: Ritalin addiction

    Seeking: Rehab treatment options for Ritalin and interventionist for guidance

    Reason(s): The dad is concerned that his son is struggling with an addiction to Ritalin, this despite the fact that it was originally prescribed by their family physician. He said, “When we noticed that our son was struggling in school, we took him to the doctor. My wife and I both work, so we did not have a great deal of time to spend on him every day. Now I feel as though that is part of the problem. He was given Ritalin, but he has since started to abuse it. I have recently found out that he is actively buying more from the kids at school, using his allowance where possible. When we suspected that, we cut back on his allowance. Now we fear he is using parts of his savings.” The father does not know how to approach the situation, unsure whether to confront his son about the behavior or whether this is something that only professionals should deal with. He said, “I am concerned with the fact that he is using more. When I go online, I see horror stories about kids switching it up and using cocaine because it allegedly works on the same receptors. Obviously, that is something that I want and need to avoid. We need to know what to do next and get him help now.”

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