ADHD and Addiction


It’s common for people to have a mental illness, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which slowly contributes to the development of addiction. Typically, illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, because of the emotional pain that one endures with these illnesses, contribute to addiction. However, other disorders have also been known to contribute to addiction, such as ADHD and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). These are illnesses that affect one’s ability to concentrate, which can create significant problems at work, home, and in relationships. These symptoms can create significant problems in one’s life, which may cause someone to turn to drinking or the use of drugs as a means to cope with their life.

In fact, research indicates that those who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD as children or teens have a good chance of developing a problem with addiction later in life. They may initially find use of drugs or alcohol as a way to feel better, which might have gotten worse over time, creating an addiction. Experts have also found that 60% of children and teens who were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD will continue to experience symptoms of the disorder in adulthood. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD in an adult include:

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What to Say to Someone in Recovery

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Going through recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a process that can benefit largely from having the support of friends and family. It can be difficult for friends and family members to figure out what to say during these times. You want to help, but you’re not quite sure how. You don’t want to say anything that’s going to upset your loved one. Here is a list of what to say and what not to say to your loved on who is going through recovery.

Do NOT say:

“How long have you been sober?”

Instead Say:

“How is it going?”

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You Don’t Have to Hit Rock Bottom to Get Sober

Get Sober Before You Hit Rock Bottom There is an understanding among recovering addicts that you need to hit rock bottom in order to finally say that you’re going to change your life and get sober. It’s common to attend 12-step meetings or recovery support groups and get asked the question, “So, what was your rock bottom?”  Perhaps it’s a …

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The Power Behind Making A Commitment

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When you’re not committed to something, it’s not your first priority. It’s something you may think about from time to time, but it’s not your driving force. Whatever it is – it’s not your primary motivation that gets you out of the bed in the morning.

Commitment is something that drives you, pulls you, and moves you. According to an online dictionary, commitment is the state or quality of being in which you are dedicated to a cause. You might feel as though you have a responsibility, obligation, or even an allegiance to something.

Of course, if you’re a recovering addict, you might decide to make a commitment to your recovery. Yet, there’s an underlying message that this communicates. When you are committed to your recovery, you are essentially committed to yourself. For some recovering addicts, this can be difficult. Making yourself your primary responsibility might be hard. Taking good care of yourself may feel like a challenge. Knowing what to do to keep your life stable might feel difficult.

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