It is common for people with ADHD to turn to addictive substances such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine.
Their attempt is often to improve abilities, help them feel better, or self-medicating. The activities work at first, providing them with ADHD relief. Ultimately, these high-risk behaviors can result in academic failure, incarcerations, or death from concurrent addiction.
- Get focused by talking to a partner. Create a unifying action plan.
- Start talking by having a conversation, not a confrontation. Learn how to listen to break through barriers.
- Set limits and consequences. Lay down rules in a concrete way. Help them understand that you expect.
- Determine interventions. Psychotherapy is an option. 12-step programs are another option (i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous)
- Attend support group activities. (i.e. Al-Anon)
- Implement a sobriety-promoting lifestyle.
- Avoid hunger. Eat 3 full meals with 3 healthy snacks.
- Avoid anger. Manage emotions, but do not bury resentments.
- Avoid loneliness. Encourage to reach out to neutral parties.
- Avoid becoming overly tired. Get enough sleep as approximately 90% of relapses happen between 11 pm and 7 am.
Remember…you are not alone.
- National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. www.naatp.org (888)574-1008
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov (800)662-HELP.
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. 855-DRUGFREE