ADHD and Addiction – of the many masks that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) wears, substance abuse is one of the most difficult to see behind. This is due to the substance abuse itself causing such problems. When someone is alcoholic, abusing opiates, or vaping, we often become so preoccupied with the problems the drug use creates. As a result, we fail to consider what purpose the drug must be servicing for the user. ADHD is one of the underlying causes of substance abuse that is particularly important to look for, because it can be treated.
Addicts Who Have ADHD
For those addicts who do in fact have ADHD, it is essential that the ADHD be treated as well as the addiction. By treating the ADHD one reduces the likelihood that the individual will go back to abusing the original drug.
Those with ADHD are 5 to 10 times more likely to develop an addiction to a chemical substance or to an activity, or both.
In Distraction S3 Ep 28, ADHD coach and advanced practice nurse, Kristin Seymour, joins me. We discuss the very real issue of ADHD and addiction in young people. Kristin specializes in treating adolescent boys. So she has seen firsthand the devastating consequences that vaping, opioids and other substances can have on young lives.
LISTEN NOW to my podcast with Kristin and learn more about ADHD and addiction, the harmful effects of juuling and the advice you should stress to your kids about pills.
Statistically only 10% of people with addictions, get help. That means 90% of addicts don’t seek treatment. If you are struggling with addiction, I encourage you to seek help for yourself. Likewise, if you know someone who is struggling with addiction, encourage them seek help.
Learn more about ADHD treatment HERE
Learn more about getting help for addiction at the:
National Institute on Drug Abuse
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