If you stop suddenly you are looking at a feeling depressed and exhausted but it won't kill you. I work in a facility that hospitalizes people after drug binges,methamphetamine
being the most similar to Ritalin.
They are treated with what we call supportive care: rest, good nutrition and antidepressants
. If someone is arrested and thrown in jail after using stimulant drugs, they do no treatment except food and rest.
It takes longer than you think not to feel exhausted and sick-ish after coming off any kind of speed, you might feel out of sorts for months.
The danger of tapering is that you are still using and it takes superhuman self-discipline to persist on a taper by yourself. Sort of like putting a monkey in a banana shop, you know there will be temptation.
I have seen people detox by themselves but being monitored by caring people with experience in detox from various substances is a safer way to go.
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