Concerta Addiction Treatment

An overview of THE BEST PRACTICES in addiction treatment. More on your options for dealing with Concerta addiction here.

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Concerta can be addictive. If you are struggling with addiction, we can help get you on the right track to living a better life.

In fact, the road to recovery and happiness begins when you treat addiction medically. Here, we’ll review best practices in addiction treatment. We’ll cover the basic treatments that reputable rehabs offer and what you can expect during the process. Then, we invite your questions or comments about treatment in the section at the end.


You’re not alone.

If you or someone you love has been displaying signs of Concerta abuse, there is something you can do.
Call 1-877-256-1030 to receive more information about potential treatment options.


Is Concerta Addictive?

Concerta – main ingredient methylphenidate – has been classified as a Schedule II drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and can lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Concerta addiction typically occurs when users take it:

a) Non-medically
b) In excess of prescribed parameters.
c) Chronically/repeatedly for a prolonged period of time.

Concerta can become addictive when you take it:

  • As a study aid to improve mental performance since this drug increases focus, concentration and energy level.
  • To lose weight since this medication suppresses appetite.
  • To get high since this drug produces effects of high when taken by someone who is not treated for ADHD.

Main signs of Concerta addiction

How can you know when recreational use has turned into a dangerous and progressive habit? You might be at risk of Concerta addiction when you:

  • are unable to concentrate, work better and be more productive without taking Concerta.
  • are unable to meet deadlines and keep up with your peers at work/school without using Concerta.
  • become aggressive, moody, irritable and hard to get along with.
  • experience sleep disturbances because of Concerta use.
  • experience withdrawal such as depression or fatigue when you try to quit Concerta
  • fail to cut back or quit Concerta on your own.
  • experience excessive reduced appetite and weight loss.
  • like yourself better only when using Concerta
  • Concerta makes you feel more powerful, social, talkative, self-confident, and/or less depressed.

If you recognize some of the following signs of addiction in yourself and you feel like your life has been thrown off course due to Concerta addiction, don’t panic. Recovery can get you back on track. Call 1-877-256-1030.

Safely Breaking Free From Concerta Addiction

You may believe that Concerta is helping you feel better, deal with problems in life, and achieve your goals…but in reality it’s not. In fact, Concerta addiction slowly takes away your focus from other enjoyable things in life. Addiction occurs when obsessive drug seeking and compulsive using becomes your main focus…in spite of negative effects on your health, relationships, work, or school.

Why continue lying to yourself when help is available and your problem with Concerta can be managed. When in need of addiction treatment there are many resources you can use to break free from Concerta addiction.

Q: How can you safely quit Concerta?
A: Find what works best for you and define what you personally need from treatment.

Individualized treatment plans address addiction by treating the “entire patient”, paying equal attention to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of addiction. In order to best treat addiction, you can be an active participant in the process. A good rehab will involve you in choosing the perfect mix of therapies tailor-made for you. This way, you can most effectively achieve and maintain sobriety.

Basic treatment services

What does addiction treatment look like? Here are the basic choices you can pick from:

1. Inpatient vs. Outpatient Rehab Treatment. Treatment setting is influenced significantly by your current situation. Main factors include your:

  • current employment status
  • home environment
  • mental and medical health history
  • severity of addiction
  • support system

Inpatient (residential) treatment is intended for individuals with high amounts of stressors and triggers in their environment. These type of programs provide in-house services and 24/7 monitoring for clients. You participate in intensive counseling and education with a pre-defined daily schedule. These facilities help “re-set” your priorities and help you structure life around regular mealtimes, exercise, and relaxation. IN sum, they allow you physical and mental space to focus on your health and recovery.

Outpatient treatment centers can work for those who need Concerta addiction but are unable to stop working or attending school to get it. Although these programs may provide the level of flexibility that you need, their effectiveness can be limited, especially if you require medical and psychological recovery services.

2. Programs that last 30, 60, 90 days or more if needed.

30 DAY PROGAMS are considered as the minimum time addicts should spend in order to clean their body from Concerta. 28-day and 30-day programs typically include detox services, individual and group therapy sessions, as well as 12 step support groups. A 30 DAY program will provide you with a good base for lifelong addiction recovery.

60-90 DAY PROGRAMS provide similar services and follow the same protocol as 30 day programs…. only they allow addicts to stay longer in a recovery-oriented environment. Treatment records have shown that individuals who participate in long-term addiction programs have excellent success rates. This is because clients have more time to focus on their therapy and internalize lessons learned.

3. Therapies and amenities included in your treatment.

Trustworthy addiction programs usually offer the following services:

  • Psychotherapy, a.k.a. Talk Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Education on neuroscience and theories of addiction
  • Alternative holistic options

The combination of these therapies can maximize your chances of successful recovery and long-lasting sobriety.

4. Dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders.

The vast majority of people addicted to Concerta have underlying psychiatric problems that need to be addressed as issues separate from the substance use problem. These issues can be addressed in psychotherapy and with the use of prescription medications. In these cases, professionally licensed doctors and counselors can help the client learn to relax and set realistic goals.

Want to learn more? Call 1-877-256-1030 to speak with a recovery advisor about your treatment options in rehab.

What happens when you call a drug hotline?

When you CALL A DRUG HOTLINE such as 1-877-256-1030, trained support staff will answer your call and listen. Whether you’re feeling hopeless, angry or confused, these compassionate recovery specialists can help you process your feelings and offer support, information and referrals. Concerta hotlines are free, anonymous and accessible 24 hours a day.

Hotline staffers who answer the phone know how to listen. They understand what you are going through and will offer strategies and information about treatment services that can best help you. You can talk openly with them about your deepest concerns. Possible questions include:

  • Are you in a safe and private place to talk?
  • How can I help you today?
  • How old are you?
  • Tell me a little about what motivated you to call?
  • Which drug are you abusing?
  • For how long have you been ab(using)
  • How much and how frequently are you using?
  • Do you have other mental health issues you’re battling?

What Are the Stages of Treatment?


During this initial phase, you need to get to the rehab. Then, medical staff at the facility will ask you questions about your drug history. You may also be given questionnaire(s) to help determine your level of engagement in treatment. Scores taken from preliminary questionnaires are usually converted as a “readiness” indicator to go through the stages of treatment. Another purpose of conducting a drug history is to establish trust and a collaborative relationship with an addiction counsellor. After completing your drug history, the facilitator will give a diagnosis and design a treatment plan.


A primary focus of Concerta addiction treatment will be to stabilize your acute and immediate medical and psychiatric condition. During medical detox, medical staff will ensure your safety and support you emotionally. Medical detox can help you manage physical symptoms of acute withdrawal from Concerta in a controlled environment. This 24-7 supervision should provide comfort, minimize any risks, and improve future prognosis.


In addition to a safe and drug-free environment, the main treatments of psychotherapy and behavioral therapies can help you get to the root causes of your addiction. These therapies can also help you understand and adopt new behaviors that don’t involve drug abuse. Main therapies recommended during a stay in rehab may include:

  • Basic medical services.
  • Education.
  • Exercise.
  • Family therapy.
  • Individual and group therapy sessions.
  • Nutritional counseling and wellness activities.
  • Psychotherapy and behavioral therapies.
  • Thorough planning for aftercare programs.

…and other supportive services.


Reputable rehabs provide ongoing help and support to their patients after they finish a residential stay. Because recovery is a lifelong process, treatment should continue after leaving the rehab. This is why a good rehab will ensure a safe transit back to a daily life. Aftercare can include sober living, outpatient counseling, and vocational or life skills counseling.

Leaving recovery means that you’ll have to face challenging and stressful situations. Any sudden events and emotions may trigger a need for repeated use. Therefore, it is crucial to continue to attend group meeting and do regular check-ups to make sure you DO NOT go back to your old habits.

Now that you know what to expect from a Concerta addiction treatment. Our hotline at 1-877-256-1030 is a free and confidential place to talk to a trained counselor, determine the next step and find a Concerta treatment facility that suits your needs.

Fear of Withdrawal: What’s it Like?

Withdrawal can be defined as a group of predictable symptoms that occur when a drug leaves the system. Many people will feel ill until they manage to reach a state of “homeostasis”…or basically get used to living without Concerta. In short, withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms … but are generally not life threatening or long lasting.

The severity and duration of Concerta withdrawal is influenced by the level of dependency on Concerta. The following factors can also affect the severity and duration of withdrawal:

  • The age of the person going through withdrawal.
  • The length of time you were abusing Concerta.
  • The presence of another mental health disorder.

Quitting Concerta can be challenging. Cravings can be strong, as depression or anxiety peaks. People withdrawing from Concerta typically experience difficulty with mood and sleep. However, these complications can be managed with the temporary prescription of antidepressants, as well as psycho-emotional support. If you find that you experience difficulties engaging in daily tasks, be sure to seek medical help. A structured addiction treatment program provides you with the tools to overcome mental, behavioral and physiological challenges of addiction.

We can help you find a Concerta treatment program and help you detox safely . Call us now at 1-877-256-1030.

What Types of Co-occurring Disorders are Common?

Concerta can have a negative effect over your mental and physical health. However, sometimes people take Concerta to address deeper issues. In these cases, the question is: “Is the Concerta use caused by ot creating another mental health issue?” In fact, some people use Concerta to self-medicate for various physical and psychological health issues such as:

  • Anxiety, especially Social Anxiety
  • Compulsive Disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD

The moment your Concerta addiction starts causing you mental health problems, it’s time seek for an appropriate treatment program. We can help you find the best treatment program for your needs, location and budget Call 1-877-256-1030 now!

For people diagnosed with Co-Occurring Disorders, the right course of treatment – combined with a strong support network and continued care – can help you recover successfully and achieve long-term sobriety. Here are some therapies that may apply in these cases:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches addicts problem solving techniques. Bottom line? This therapy works by identifying problematic beliefs that lead people to reach for psychoactive substances. The end goal of this type of therapy is to help addicts develop healthier thinking and behavioral patterns to sustain sobriety.

Medication helps stabilize a person’s chemical balance so that they can address deeper issues. One of the most important benefits of a professional addiction treatment is the opportunity to receive proper medications that will help you easily manage withdrawal and neurological balance in the brain. Doctors prescribe medications along with talk therapies for best outcomes.

Dialectic Behavioral therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment used to treat individuals with suicidal intentions and those with borderline personality disorder (BPD). This therapy is commonly used during psychotherapy. Medical research confirms the effectiveness of this approach in treating multiple disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. Addicts highly benefit from this therapy because during the course of their treatment they learn skills such as: distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.

Individual psychotherapy more commonly known as One-on-One therapy deals with people’s problematic and impulsive behaviurs related to their substance abuse and/or particular mental health problems.

Integrated group therapy treats the symptoms of both substance use disorders and mental health illnesses all at once.

Luxury and Executive Treatment Centers

Luxury and executive rehab centers cater to those with a tight schedule. They are highly private, confidential, and optimized for business or industry executives. Features include:

Business amenities – Luxury and executive treatment centers usually provide services that include meeting rooms and access to internet and phones. This way, you can continue to operate your business while going through the recovery process.

Privacy + Confidentiality – No one but you, your doctors, or authorized persons will know about anConcerta addiction problem.

Fewer patients – A lower staff-to-patient ratio offers highly personalized care. Your doctors will help you find what works for you, rather than running you through a standard treatment protocol.

High-end services – Executive and luxury programs tend to include spa treatments, yoga and meditation classes, private trainers, professional chefs, and larger, more private rooms.

If this is what you’re looking for, call us at 1-877-256-1030 to reserve your place. We are available day or night to respond to your requirements and questions.

How to Help a Loved one with Concerta Addiction

If you suspect that a loved one is abusing Concerta, you don’t have to wait for them to hit rock bottom to get help. Instead, it is important to seek professional help from a psychotherapist or treatment center. The earlier, the better.

Avoid accusing, bulling, labeling, and criticizing your loved one. These are behaviors you should avoid, since they will do more harm than good. When approaching your addicted loved one always remember that you can’t help those who don’t see an issue in their actions. This means that your addicted loved one needs to be aware of his/her problem and ready to receive help.

If this is not the case, do not despair! There is still something you can do. Discuss with them about the possibility to consult a professional counselor, therapist, or a peer. This can be a great starting point to the journey of recovery. Here are some suggestions on how to speak to your addicted loved one:

“It really is up to you to decide to make this change.”

“No one else can do it for you.”

“No one can make you go to rehab. It’s your choice.”

Additionally, you can look into the CRAFT Model of Family Training.

Call 1-877-256-1030 to speak to a treatment support specialist about rehabilitation programs for you or your loved one. Questions we typically ask include:

  • Does the addicted individual suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders?
  • Which substance/drug does the person abuse?
  • What other drugs or alcohol do you think they’re using?
  • How do they abuse Concerta (orally, snorting, smoking, injecting)?
  • How long do you suspect they have been using?
  • How long they’ve been showing signs of addiction?
  • What types of payment options are available to you?

Ongoing Treatment and Relapse Prevention

After you finish formal treatment, good rehabs provide a comprehensive aftercare plan that will help you maintain your sobriety and drug-free life. Continuing care involves attending group sessions at least twice a week, regular check-ups and monitoring via drug testing. The intensity and frequency of meetings is usually adjusted based on the results of ongoing assessments. Additional support is also available via the alumni community, support groups, and touch-up counselling. These elements will help you stay involved within the sober community, and prompt you to continue to work on your recovery, so triggers won’t slip back into destructive habits.

Relapse prevention techniques for addiction should involve:

  • Education about the relapse.
  • Learning how to identifying your triggers.
  • Developing stress-management skills.
  • Reminders not to test the limits of your sobriety.
  • Building a protective lifestyle.
  • Knowledge about how to address slips.

Ready to find your way to recovery and start building a Concerta-free life today, don’t wait! Call 1-877-256-1030 right now!

Reference Sources: NCBI: Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
SAMHSA: Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
NCBI: The Search for Medications to Treat Stimulant Dependence
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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