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ADHD and Addiction: Can Rehab Treat This?

 In Addiction

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a neurological disorder most commonly diagnosed in children. Those diagnosed with ADHD can have difficulty focusing, are excessively energetic, and are often impulsive. As many as 25 percent of adults who go to a treatment facility for alcohol and substance abuse also live with ADHD. If you are battling ADHD and addiction, treatment is available. Many resource centers are open, ready to guide you toward a more stable life. 

Causes of Addiction in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Those with ADHD typically start using because they are either trying to cope with their symptoms or become hooked on their prescription. 

Symptoms of ADHD 

  • Inability to focus 
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Impulsive behaviors  
  • Difficulty finishing tasks
  • Problems listening 
  • Issues with organization
  • Forgetfulness
  • Easily distracted
  • Fidgeting constantly 
  • Inability to control speech or actions 
  • Frequently losing personal items 
  • Poor performance at work or school

Signs of ADHD and Drug or Alcohol Substance Abuse 

  • Feeling that you have to use the substance regularly 
  • Having intense urges for the substance 
  • Needing more and more of the substance over time 
  • Keeping stock of the substance 
  • Spending money on the substance, even if you cannot afford it
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using 
  • Experiencing withdrawal when you attempt to stop 

ADHD and Cooccurring Disorders 

Those diagnosed with ADHD and suffer from substance abuse may also seek help with mental health conditions and receive a dual diagnosis. 

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating disorders 
  • Depressive Disorders 
  • Anxiety Disorders 

The combination of ADHD and substance abuse can be overwhelming and intense. It is possible to recover, however. Residential treatment centers may be most beneficial in helping you regain control over your life. 

Treatment for ADHD and Substance Abuse 

The critical thing to remember when treating this is that you must treat both issues. This is done through a dual diagnosis treatment center. These options include inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, holistic therapies, support groups, 12-step programs, and sober living homes. If you or a loved one have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and suffer from substance abuse or addiction, contact a trusted behavioral health professional to discuss the best treatment plan.

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