ADHD and Addiction
ADHD provides a particular challenge when present in conjunction with addictive tendencies because of the addictive nature of the stimulant medication used to treat ADHD.
Many psychiatrists are reticent to prescribe stimulants to patients with addictive histories and yet 23-40% of people with substance use disorders have ADHD and therefore need treatment. This is where a comprehensive evaluation can be helpful- taking a complete look at a persons cognitive and emotional strengths and weaknesses and parsing out those that are seeking medication as a symptom of their substance use or those that seek it to address their ADHD symptoms.
Additionally, skilled and specialized therapy can help someone gain control of both their addiction and ADHD symptoms with targeted, solution focused treatment.