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    Teen Is Concerned About Her Friend’s Growing Ritalin Addiction

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    Teen Is Concerned About Her Friend’s Growing Ritalin Addiction

    Caller: 17-year old girl calling on behalf of her classmate

    Problem: Ritalin addiction

    Seeking: Rehab options with possible interventionist

    Reason(s): The teen is worried that her lab partner in high school is starting to develop a serious problem with a Ritalin addiction. Upon hearing glimpses of a conversation a few times and seeing how well the lab partner was paying attention in class and doing on tests, she decided to ask her lab partner whether she was in fact using Ritalin. What started as a conversation that glorified the use of the medication quickly turned into an admission where the lab partner made it obvious that she could not stop taking it. She said, “She told me that her sister had a prescription for Ritalin and she began sneaking out a few at a time to do well on tests. However, a few turned into several more and now she apparently has a problem. She even buys it from other people at school to ensure that she has enough to last her and because she does not want to get in trouble with her parents either.” She is afraid to approach the subject with the girl’s parents and is hesitant to confront school administrators about the issue. She states previous ‘no tolerance’ drug violations at school have made her apprehensive about reaching out. She wants more information about possible treatment options, wants to know possible costs involved, and would like to know how to approach the situation and may need help doing so.

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