Sammy's Story with Methylphenidate

Sammy's Story with Methylphenidate

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  • About Sammy Mark
  • Stage 1: Addiction
  • I got my hands on my brother's ADHD medications! Let's all try a dose of it and test it out!
  • Hmm... I mean, I guess it's worth a shot. Let me try it out, Jeremy.
  • Stage 2: Regular or Social Use
  • Sammy Mark is a 15-year-old sophomore at Breckenridge High School. He is a straight-A student who participates in clubs. Outside of the classroom, Sammy is a Track State Champion who is amiable and close to his family and friends.
  • Stage 3: Risky Use & Problems
  • Sammy meets up with two old friends of his. One of his friends, Jeremy, has a sibling with A.D.H.D who has a prescription of Methylphenidate. He steals the bottle from his brother and gives a dose of the drug to Sammy because it makes you feel "crazy". Feeling pressured, Sammy decides to give it a try. Little did he know where his curiosity would lead...
  • Stage 4: Dependence
  • I'm not feeling so good after my withdrawal... I don't think I'll be able to work out ever again.
  • About three times a week, the three boys meet up in an alleyway, sometimes skipping school and practices. Jeremy provides them with two pills every time they meet up to see who can get "the highest". Sammy, however goes overboard and takes a dose of three because of his competitive nature. These meet-ups are becoming more significant to him than track meets and school.
  • Stage 5: Addiction
  • Rehab Center
  • Sammy begins to have insomnia as the irritability from his high dosage causes nervousness. Because of this, he rarely attends school or track practice, and spends most of his days out in the streets searching for more of this drug. It has gotten to the point where he does not care about his success in sports or academics anymore, which results in C's and D's in his classes, and ultimately gets him kicked off the track team. He stopped communicating with all of his old friends. Sammy's risky use of methylphenidate is getting him into some deep trouble.
  • From time-to-time, Sammy attempts to withdraw from methylphenidate. However, he has taken so much of the drug to the point where his body physically cannot live without it. When he withdraws the drug, he experiences extreme dizziness and nausea, which ends him up completely disengaged in all settings. As he continues to take this drug per his body's request, his tolerance is becoming ever-so high. He is now taking more than TWICE the recommended maximum daily dose for one who is prescribed this drug.
  • After abandoning Sammy for his extremely violent behaviors, his parents decide this situation has gone too far, so they take him to rehab. Sammy stopped attending school altogether, so the one thing he did was consume the drug in which he was addicted. In rehab, he is officially diagnosed with insomnia because of his poor sleep habits. His therapist tries to help him taper off his addiction, but his cravings get the best of him, leading to him always going back for more. Sammy spends the next six years of his life in rehab.
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