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What Are Street Names for Ritalin?

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Ritalin is a prescription stimulant form of the drug methylphenidate. This drug is primarily used as a treatment for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has been around for over 50 years and was originally developed to help people suffering from narcolepsy. These drugs help increase alertness, attention and energy.1

Because so many people have been given prescriptions for the drug, this drug is commonly available through street dealers. Ritalin and related stimulants like Adderall are very common among college students and young professionals in high-pressure workplaces. It is highly addictive when taken recreationally.

In addition, Ritalin is available in different strengths: immediate release, sustained release and extended release. Each variant of Ritalin follows different prescription instructions. For example, if an individual is given immediate release Ritalin he would likely take 10 mg two or three times a day, normally 30-45 minutes before eating. For this reason, it is very dangerous to take Ritalin unless prescribed by a doctor.

Common Slang Terms for Ritalin

There are many different names used for Ritalin on the street. Here are some of the most common street-names for Ritalin and other similar prescription stimulants:

  • Kiddy coke (or kiddy cocaine)
  • Poor man’s cocaine
  • Speed
  • Uppers
  • Vitamin R
  • R-ball
  • Skippy
  • Smarties
  • Kibbles &amp Bits
  • Diet Coke
  • R Pop
  • Coke Junior
  • Jif
  • Study buddies

Many people believe that Ritalin can’t be too dangerous since it is prescribed so frequently. Unfortunately, this drug is highly addictive both physically and psychologically. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Ritalin is a Schedule II substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse. In addition, Ritalin produces many of the same effects as cocaine or other amphetamines.3

Users also develop a tolerance to it very quickly and often require higher and more frequent doses in order to feel the desired effects. Some crush the tablets and either snort them like cocaine or cook it down with a liquid and inject it straight into their veins. This type of abuse is extremely dangerous and often leads a person to escalate his or her abuse to methamphetamine or cocaine.


What Ritalin Addiction Recovery Looks Like

Young addict with therapistIt can be very dangerous to stop taking Ritalin suddenly. The most successful Ritalin recovery programs involve a combination of gradual, medically supervised detox and comprehensive psychological care.

If there is a co-occurring disorder — when someone has more than one issue — it must be identified and treated.

Treatment for two issues takes time, focus and patience. While outpatient Ritalin addiction recovery programs are available, residential treatment is often more effective.

The best Ritalin addiction recovery programs include:

  • Thorough diagnosis of any co-occurring emotional disorders
  • Medical supervision of the detox process in order to relieve withdrawal symptoms
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Education
  • Introduction to healthy coping techniques
  • Preparation for maintaining sobriety after rehab

Once an individual is enrolled in a treatment program, he will receive the care he needs to let his body heal from drug abuse and how to live a life without drugs. For this reason, it is important to find a high-quality treatment program that has a proven track record, like Michael’s House.

Find Help for a Ritalin Problem Today

If you are concerned about your Ritalin use, or if you are worried about a loved one, please call our toll-free recovery helpline today at 760.548.4032. Our admissions coordinators are available to give you caring, confidential advice. You will also have access to highly effective Ritalin recovery programs. If left untreated, Ritalin addiction can lead to serious health problems. Don’t let this happen. Please call now.

By Jim Woods, copy editor


1 Prescription Stimulants.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, Accessed July 11, 2018.

2 Ritalin.”, Accessed July 11, 2018.

3 Methylphenidate (Ritalin).” Drug Enforcement Agency, Accessed July 11, 2018.