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ADHD and Addiction? 30% – 50%

shutterstock_243702571It 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.

  1. Get focused by talking to a partner. Create a unifying action plan.
  2. Start talking by having a conversation, not a confrontation.  Learn how to listen to break through barriers.
  3. Set limits and  consequences.  Lay down rules in a concrete way.  Help them understand that you expect.
  4. Determine interventions.  Psychotherapy is an option. 12-step programs are another option  (i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous)
  5. Attend support group activities.  (i.e. Al-Anon)
  6. 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

3 comments

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    helpful topic

    • Edie Brown
      / Reply

      I’m happy to pass along helpful information to others. What are other areas of interest?

    • Edie Brown
      / Reply

      How has this addiction post helped? Can I help with further posts?

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