Metadate is a central nervous system stimulant, prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. The generic name for the drug is methylphenidate, which is also in Ritalin. Metadate is a bit different from standard Ritalin because it delivers a steady amount of the drug into the body throughout the day. It’s a controlled-release drug that only has to be taken once a day. Like Ritalin, Metadate does have applications in medicine but it also has risks.
One primary risk of Metadate is addiction. It’s common for people to abuse prescription stimulants like Metadate in order to achieve certain effects, such as a euphoric high, increased energy and focus, performance, alertness, and a loss of appetite. As a result, Metadate and other central nervous system (CNS) stimulants affect certain neurotransmitters that can trigger addiction. For someone who’s experiencing Metadate addiction symptoms, treatment options are available. As with other addictive substances, treatment options for Metadate addiction symptoms can include a medical detox, inpatient rehab or outpatient treatment, as well as a combination approach.
For many people with a substance use disorder or addiction, the first step in the treatment and recovery process is a medical detox. Metadate, like other central nervous system stimulants, can lead to the development of a tolerance, which then leads to dependence. When this happens, a person may go through withdrawal symptoms as they try to stop using the drug and let it clear from their system. During a Metadate medical detox, patients are monitored and kept safe and as comfortable as possible. Withdrawal symptoms are professionally managed, which helps improve the likelihood that the patient will continue into addiction treatment. A Metadate medical detox isn’t treatment in and of itself, however. While physical and psychological assessments can begin during a Metadate medical detox, treatment for addiction begins after the drug is completely cleared from the body.
Any Metadate rehabilitation program should aim to help participants stop their compulsive drug use and drug-seeking behaviors. Despite some commonalities that exist in most professional rehab programs, there are differences as well. Metadate rehabilitation programs can vary in length, the specific approach and the setting. Regardless of the type of Metadate rehabilitation program in which someone participates, it should approach addiction as a chronic disease. For many people who struggle with addiction, treatment is something that is long-term and usually requires continuous monitoring in order to maintain sobriety. Rehab programs should work from the idea that not every treatment is right for everyone and that treatment needs to address the person as a whole -not just their drug use.
Stimulant abuse is often a complex problem to treat. It can involve co-occurring mental health disorders that existed before the stimulant addiction or were triggered by drug abuse. Stimulant abuse is also often part of a polysubstance addiction problem, meaning multiple substances are abused by the individual. For these reasons, an inpatient Metadate rehab program can be a good option. Inpatient treatment is residential, meaning that the participants live in a facility for a period of time, usually ranging from 30 days to 90 days. There are longer programs as well. Inpatient Metadate rehab is good for someone who has complicating conditions and would benefit from a structured, supportive environment. Inpatient Metadate rehab allows a patient to leave their environment and focus exclusively on treatment and recovery. Many inpatient rehab programs include different types of therapy and can include elements of family and relationship therapy. Programs are intensive and the goal isn’t just to help participants stop using Metadate. The objective is also to help people return to society and to their lives in a productive, meaningful way.
Outpatient Metadate rehab allows participants to stay local. Outpatient Metadate rehab doesn’t require that a person leave their home or their job or family. Instead, they participate in weekly therapy sessions -many of which are based on behavioral therapies. Outpatient Metadate rehab has benefits, such as lower costs or convenience. Some people may also be more comfortable staying in their home environment while they receive treatment. Possible downsides of outpatient Metadate rehab include the lack of structure and the fact that participants continue to live in the same environment where they abused drugs, while facing the same daily stressors.
Choosing a rehab center is a personal choice for people who struggle with addiction, or for their families. When choosing a Metadate rehab center, there needs to be a focus on the individual. What kind of treatment would they benefit from the most? For example, would they do well in a structured environment? Does the person have possible mental health disorders that need to be treated? What are the costs and what can be covered by insurance or financial aid? These are all questions that can be asked when making this decision. Other specifics to think about when choosing a Metadate rehab center include:
- Is the program licensed and accredited?
- What is the specific treatment protocol?
- Is aftercare part of the treatment program and planning?
- Is the facility short-term or long-term?
- What are the objectives of the program?
- Does the program include life skills training and therapy?
The Recovery Village builds individualized treatment plans that address the person, and not just their drug use. Reach out to us to learn more about our programs and the benefits that they bring to the lives of participants and their families.
Metadate (Methylphenidate) Addiction
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