ADHD and Addiction

ADHD is a hyperactivity disorder that avoids sufferers from staying focus when performing their daily responsibilities. ADHD is a treatable disorder which can be managed with the right medication and psychotherapy. Sadly, many individuals struggling with this condition self-medicate with addictive substances in order to calm their impulsive brains. Substances such as alcohol, heroin marijuana, prescription sedatives, pain medication, caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, sugar, and street amphetamines may alleviate the symptoms of ADHD for a while, yet this can only make matters worse as an addiction to these addictive substances may develop over time.

Some stimulant medications, including Ritalin or Adderall, have been efficient at treating ADHD. Patients struggling with this condition may use alternative methods such as eating excessively, since eating can temporarily calm the physical and mental anxiety. The individual may compulsively eat without thinking. When food or substances are used, it may improve their abilities and help them feel better. This destructive cycle will bring a host of addiction-related problems. Some of the most common problems may include: impulsive crimes, increased high risk behaviors, domestic violence, lost jobs, relationship problems, and even death.

Anybody can become addicted to mind-altering substances and use them to lessen the stressful feelings that often accompany attention deficit disorder. There are many reasons why some people may become addicted and others not. It’s generally a combination of factors such as the family history, genetic predisposition, neurochemistry, life stress, trauma, and other physical and emotional problems that may contribute to drug abuse.