Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD symptoms vary according to symptoms of prominent distractibility, hyperactivity or combinations that can lead to difficulty in school. Studies have shown that between 10-65% of children who have ADHD as children, continue to have symptoms as adults. The neuropsychological weakness affects the prefrontal cortex portion of the brain that manages impulse control and other important functions, including planning, sequencing, and organizing activities.

Some adults with ADHD learn to channel their energy into sports-related activities or find other means of coping with the disorder. Many salespeople, firefighters, police, and entrepreneurs have histories of ADHD and have used their strengths to their advantage.

Studies from adult substance abuse treatment populations have found ADHD in about one in every six clients who may have this co-occurring problem and many have been on medications as children to reduce the symptoms in the classroom and home environment.

While medications are recommended, non-addictive meds are highly recommended for those with both ADHD and substance abuse. Medication alone is sometimes not enough. Managing symptoms of ADHD can be difficult and lead to problems in school, work and relationships, finances, and health.

ADHD and Substance Abuse

Research shows that men and women who have ADHD are at increased risk for substance use disorders due to low impulse control and other symptoms common to both addiction and ADHD.

  • Have you ever had a period of sobriety and then relapsed?
  • Has your life has become unmanageable due to your ADHD?
  • Has your cannabis use increased due to your stress?
  • Are you taking a benzodiazepine to reduce your anxiety?
  • Do you misplace your keys, are you late for appointments or forget about them?
  • Are you impulsively spending money on things you don’t really need?
  • Did you begin using methamphetamine or cocaine to help you to ‘focus’ and now your life is spinning out of control?

Do You Have A Problem With Substance Use?

Take this short quiz to determine if you have a problem and if it’s time to seek help.


Treatment For ADHD and Substance Abuse

Help is available to help you manage your ADHD symptoms without stimulant drugs. Other non-stimulant medications and therapies are recommended.

Need Help to manage your symptoms? Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., a psychologist, and Zen Master, teaches skills to reduce the symptoms of ADHD that are holding you back in your life and can contribute to substance abuse relapse.

Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP’s) provide two options for treating ADHD:

People experiencing co-occurring health problems such as chronic pain from fibromyalgia, diabetes, lower back pain, and cirrhosis suffer from depression as a side effect of their ongoing medical condition.

Treatment for addiction and these co-occurring disorders leads to improved physical health, increased enjoyment, and an overall healthier lifestyle.

Take action now and turn your life around!

Call Lasting Recovery today and begin learning how to calm your racing mind and develop skills to regulate your emotions and become more effective in your interpersonal relationships.

Lasting Recovery – “Where Wellness Begins…”

Help is waiting. Contact us now.

858-453-4315

Send an Email

Confidential hotline. Phone answered 7 days a week.