I have been taking ritalin for 20 years and am addicted. No hospital or rehab center knows how to rehab this drug other than simply withdrawing it totally, which is a horror. Anyone heard of any detox without stopping "cold turkey"? As I got older the dose had to continually increase (narcolepsy). Now I overdose daily and cannot stop or I sleep continually and then start w/panic attacks.
I know this is an old question, but in case you are still around here, I can make a few suggestions. You said you tried a Cold Turkey and it doesn't work. After 20 years I'm not at all surprised. There does seem to be 1 way to get off anything. That is a very slow taper, or weaning process. You would cut down the dose very little once a month. After 20 years I would expect this to take over a year. You have to make your brain get used to producing it again, whatever it is that Ritalin replaces. The reason we get hooked on drugs is because they supply the body and brain with something that is akin to a natural substance. As you put more and more of the drug into yourself, your brain produces less and less. This is why you stop feeling the high you feel at first, and it's also why you need to increase the dose. If only we all knew this stuff when we were younger. There are many drugs I would have never taken. This is why health people are against all drugs. Some of us really need certain drugs, but many of us don't need all the drugs we take. I hope a super slow wean can work for you. The other trick often used with opiates is to switch drugs, and then do the wean. But there is nothing the same as Ritalin. Although, there is or was, something called Focalin. If it still exists maybe you can switch to Focalin and then do the wean. You will still need a slow wean. In addiction you may need a few months to get used to Focalin before you can wean off it.
I wish you the best.
- Ritalin Information for Consumers
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