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    Addicted To Ritalin After Using It For Study Now Causing Family Resentment

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    Addicted To Ritalin After Using It For Study Now Causing Family Resentment

    Caller: 39 year-old step-mom calling on behalf of 15-year-old stepdaughter

    Problem: Addicted to Ritalin

    Seeking: Rehab options for Ritalin addiction

    Reason(s): The caller is asking about possible treatment options for her stepdaughter who is struggling with an addiction to Ritalin. The caller says that her stepdaughter was initially using Ritalin to help her study. Caller said, “One of her high school friends had an acquaintance that could get her a few Ritalin. Honestly with the anticipated cost of college and everything I did not see the harm in her taking a pill or two to help her get her grades up and remain focused, but now she is taking them constantly.” Caller says she is worried about her stepdaughter’s mental health, stating that her stepdaughter barely sleeps anymore. She is also worried about telling her husband; she has not told him about the fact that she condoned the stepdaughter’s use of Ritalin. Caller said, “I am not suggesting I did not make mistakes and I am not going to win stepmother of the year by any means, but it is time to do something or I am worried what might happen to her.” Because of the symptoms of withdrawal, the caller would like to make sure that her stepdaughter has some professional help. She said, “Because the symptoms seem pretty severe, fatigue, depression, and heart rhythm changes, I just think it would be better to have a professional help her through these problems.”

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