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ADHD and Addictions Blog Posts, Books and Articles

 


While adults with ADHD are only 5% of the population, ADDers are dramatically over represented in people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs, the SMALLEST numbers I’ve seen on ADHD and addiction are 20-25% in peer reviewed clinical journals in Pub Med, and I’ve frequently seem much larger ones. If adults with ADHD aren’t diagnosed and treated, and 85% of them aren’t, they will find ways to treat themselves or self medicate.

Unfortunately as many former addicts have told me, many Adders going through rehab or drug and alcohol counselling, aren't told about the connections between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Addictions, which will make it harder for them to stop and stay sober.

Blog Posts on ADHD and Addictions

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Blog Posts on ADHD and Addictions

Study 33% of Alcoholics had ADHD 65% of Drug Users Had ADHD

From the Journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.

 

ADHD and Addictions 5 more Clinical Studies

ADHD adults are 5% of the population, but check out these clinical peer reviewed studies.

35% of Cocaine Abusers had ADHD
24% of Psychoactive Substance Abusers had ADHD
32% of Cocaine Users and Alcoholics had ADHD
70% of Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine) Inpatients had ADHD
83% of Inhalant Abusers and 55% of Methamphetamine Abusers in Japan had ADHD.

 

ADHD and Crystal Meth, the missing connection

I've blogged about this in 3 parts on my Adult ADD Strengths blog. Here's one quote

“One third of the subjects (32%) who began using between the ages of 10 and 15 reported doing so because of the calming effect that methamphetamine had on them. These participants were classified using the Wender Utah Rating Scale as having ADHD symptomatology"

1. ADD Crystal Meth connection part one Part Two Part Three


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Books on ADHD and Addictions

 

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Dr. Gabor Mate who has ADHD and has written a book on ADHD, Scattered Minds: A New Look At the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, is staff Physican at the Portland Hotel, ground zero in Vancouver's poorest, most drug infested neighbourhood known as the downtown east side. This book gives very personal stories of some of his patients with addictions and he talks about the root causes of addiction the different types of addictions (it's not all booze and drugs) and what should be done about the problem.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts - Close Encounters with Addiction by Dr. Gabor Mate


When Too Much Isn't Enough: Ending the Destructive Cycle of ADHD and Addictive Behavior

By Wendy Richardson

When Too Much Isn't Enough: Ending the Destructive Cycle of ADHD and Addictive Behavior by Wendy Richardson

 

The Link Between A.D.D and Addiction: Getting the Help You Deserve

By Wendy Richardson

When Too Much Isn't Enough: Ending the Destructive Cycle of AD/HD and Addictive Behavior by Wendy Richardson

 

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Articles on ADHD and Addictions

 

ADD, Alcoholism and Other Addictions

Wendy Richardson explores how some ADD people self medicate. She's also the author of these 2 books on ADHD and addictions

 

Attention Deficit Disorder Impulsivity Symptoms and Internet Addiction

Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Volume 58 Issue 5 Page 487 - October 2004. Evaluates the relationship between the two.

I believe that the internet is like crack cocaine for ADDers. Many of my Adult ADHD coaching clients have problems spending too much timer on the internet. I've also heard other ADHD professionals talk about the huge problems ADDers have with the internet.

 

Children on Methylphenidate Less Likely to Abuse Drugs

Pre-teens who have been treated with methylphenidate may develop an aversion to abusable drugs, according to a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School. The Harvard study also rebuts arguments that treating children with stimulants such as Ritalin, Concerta or other medications containing methylphenidate may lead to later substance abuse.

 

Deep Cravings

Harvard Magazine. Great article on understanding the process of addiction focused on new understandin of neurochemisty. "...draws a parallel between the hormonal responses caused by cocaine and those associated with thrilling or frightening pursuits like hang-gliding and bungee-cord jumping: "Cocaine triggers major stress hormones like epinephrine [adrenaline], norepinephrine, adrenocorticotropic hormone [ACTH], and serotonin. These are the same ones that surge up during bungee jumping."

 

Does Stimulant Therapy of ADHD Beget Later Substance Abuse?

A Meta-analytic Review of the Literature. By the Clinical Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Harvard Medical School, Pediatrics 2003. Conclusion? No. They found it actually reduced the risk of later substance abuse.

 

Impact of ADHD and Its Treatment on Substance Abuse in Adults

8 page PDF By Timothy E. Wilens, M.D. J Clin Psychiatry 2004;65[suppl 3]:38–45. Discusses the prevalence of ADHD and substance abuse, course of substance use disorders in adults with ADHD, connections between substance use and ADHD, stimulants and substance abuse, treatment of adults with ADHD and substance abuse, ADHD medications, concerns and monitoring.

 

Long-Acting Stimulants for the Treatment of ADD in Cocaine-Dependant Adults

Ricardo Castaneda, M.D.,Robert Levy, M.D.,Marcos Hardy, M.D., Ph.D.,Manuel Trujillo, M.D. This column offers recommendations about the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among cocaine-dependent adults based on our year-long study of long-acting stimulants in the treatment of patients with these disorders.The lack of phenomenological information about these comorbid disorders hinders diagnostic and treatment efforts by clinicians.

 

Severity of ADHD in Children Increases Risk of Drug Use in Adolescence

says longitudinal study in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Those children with the most severe attention problems in childhood were most at risk for alcohol and marijuana problems and cigarette smoking by their teens. Executive functions associated with inattention and not impulsivity-hyperactivity may be at the root of the progression to substance use.

 

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