ADD is a condition that is typically diagnosed in childhood. The condition involves problems with attentiveness, hyperactivity, and “impulsivity,” which at a young age becomes apparent in schooling and structured environments. An individual may exhibit one or more of the previous symptoms and the disorder can be categorized into three major divisions. The divisions are influenced by which symptom(s) are most demonstrated: “predominantly inattentive,” “predominantly hyperactive-impulsive,” and “combined hyperactive-impulse inattentive” are the three major divisions.
Although ADD is considered a childhood condition, it is estimated that around 60% of ADD children continue experiencing symptoms and related problems into adulthood. An adult suffering from ADD can suffer from poor ability to organize, lack of self-motivation, easy distraction, the tendency to procrastinate, poor time management skills, difficulty in multitasking, the inability to make decisions, they may become easily frustrated, bored, impulsive and are prone to losing their temper and find sedentary work difficult.
In relation to substance abuse it has been found that individuals diagnosed with ADD are prone to developing addictions later on in life. It is thought that substance abuse is generally started during teenage years. Reasons as to why a person with ADD may be more prone to developing an addiction is the impulsivity related to the disorder, which could allow for impulsive use of drugs or alcohol. Because the impulsivity will allow for a lack of understanding possible consequences and risks, a person with ADD will be more likely to experiment and try new drugs.
Another reason why people suffering from ADD have a high possibility of developing addiction stems from treatment methods used to quell the symptoms of the disorder. Ritalin is a stimulant pharmaceutical which is very popular and effective in the treatment of ADD. It has been described by some as the poor man’s cocaine and both individuals who take the medication to treat ADD and those who take it “un-prescribed” are apt to become addicted to the substance. The practice of taking this medication can also lead to addiction by means of the mindset that the medication is needed for normal functioning and is beneficial. These assumptions can easily translate into other drugs.
The influence of drugs or alcohol can also come off as a welcomed escape from the symptoms of ADD. Depressants such as marijuana and alcohol can help an individual with ADD feel more relaxed and placid than in their sober state, while stimulants can become addictive due to the fact that the excited state created is done by decision, instead of lack of control. Addiction can quickly begin regardless of which type of drug taken, and professional drug or alcohol rehabilitation can prove to be difficult for those with ADD, due to the lack of concentration.
Rehabilitation is a necessary venture for people with ADD who suffer from an addiction. However, the approach for recovery is very specialized considering the disorder that influenced the addiction. In order to properly rehabilitate from an addiction, the individual must also receive therapy and help for ADD. Whether or not the addiction stemmed from coping with the disorder, or if it was caused by the symptoms of impulsivity of the disorder, the coping methods for the disorder must be revisited and most likely rehabilitated as well. Dealing with ADD and an addiction requires the type of therapy that is considered a ‘dual diagnosis’ approach, in which both ailments are dealt with simultaneously.
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