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    Teen Wants To Find Help For Friend With A Ritalin Addiction

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    Teen Wants To Find Help For Friend With A Ritalin Addiction

    Caller: 18-year old calling on behalf of his friend

    Problem: Ritalin addiction

    Seeking: Options for Ritalin rehab treatment

    Reason(s): The teenager wants to know what, if anything, he could do to help his friend struggling with a Ritalin addiction. He states his friend has been abusing Ritalin for a little more than a year, and has recently confided that he does not know how to deal with the issue. He said, “He had been taking Ritalin to get better in school, well obviously that has backfired because now he actively craves it and does not function without it. He has a job after school but rather than put any money away, he is spending it all on people around the school who are selling this stuff.” The teen said that his friend does not have a prescription to take the medication and he feels uncomfortable about talking to his parents about the issue. He also said, “He does not want to address the issue with his parents because he is afraid that they will be embarrassed. I made him a deal that I would look into rehabilitation information for him, IF he promised that he would seek out help and tell his parents. I have even promised to be there when he tells his parents about his problem.” He wants to find more information about what steps in the recovery process to take first.

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