Very often, medicating ADHD symptoms is the right way to go. Many children and parents have experienced help and support through medicating ADHD when prescribed under the guidance and expertise of a trained physician. Medicating ADHD with stimulant medications is especially effective when combined with other treatments, such as behavior modification techniques, parenting skills training, and psychotherapy. But there is a nagging concern I have in considering medicating ADHD with stimulant medication – the rapidly rising trend of ADHD drug abuse.
Ritalin and Adderall are the two most commonly prescribed ADHD medications. They are powerful amphetamines and the chemical effect they have on the body is very similar to the illicit drugs speed and cocaine. Like speed and cocaine, these drugs can be addictive, habit forming. The individual taking the drug can also develop a tolerance, meaning more and more of the drug is needed for the same desired effect.
The danger here is that as your child begins taking the Ritalin or Adderall, there tends to be improvement for a awhile until a tolerance is developed. Your doctor will need to increase the dose to continue receiving the benefits. This leads to the risk of some fairly serious side-effects, including nervousness, twitching, loss of appetite, dizziness, hallucinations, delirium, tremors, a serious mental disorder known as amphetamine psychosis, and even death.
Under the guidance of a trained professional, these side-effects can be managed. But how sure are you that your child may not be taking more of the medication than you? A recent ADHD drug abuse survey of schools found that many schools store these stimulant medications in unlocked containers. That’s worrisome when 16 percent of the children taking Ritalin or Adderall within school said they had been asked to sell, give, or trade their medication to others. And if that is not concerning enough, according to recent ADHD drug abuse statistics, 30-50 percent of adolescents in drug rehab facilities have reported they used prescribed stimulant medications for “non-medical” or recreational use.
This is what has led me to begin searching for natural methods for medicating ADHD as opposed to dangerous, habit-forming stimulant medications that are classed along with cocaine and speed! As a professional Social Worker, I cannot in good conscience see a child be prescribed these powerful stimulants without exhausting all alternatives, including medicating ADHD with natural herbs or homeopathic solutions.
With natural herbal remedies, there is no chance of ADHD drug abuse, as they are completely non-habit forming and non-addictive. Homeopathic remedies for medicating ADHD work holistically with the body to calm and soothe the Central Nervous System, nourishing the vital nerve pathways with important minerals and amino acids. As a professional Social Worker specializing in children’s issues, I have seen great improvements using herbal and homeopathic ADHD remedies in reducing ADHD symptoms. The best part of all is they are completely non-addictive and safe to use. Native Remedies is one company I recommend as they have created a special homeopathic formula specifically for treating ADHD. If you worry about the addicitive quality of stimulant medications, check them out. I know you will be glad you did.