Are Drug and Alcohol Addiction More Common among Adults with ADHD and is Detox Treatment Necessary?
There number of people diagnosed with ADHD is much higher among children than adults. This is largely due to the fact that ADHD is more difficult to diagnose in adults than in children; however the difference is also related to the number of adults struggling with addiction. Are drug and alcohol addiction more common among adults with ADHD and is detox treatment necessary?
Adult ADHD and Substance Use
For some time, ADHD has been considered a childhood disorder that was outgrown and there were not an overwhelming number of adult instances of ADHD. The reality is that it has been there all along, just undiagnosed. In adults, ADHD symptoms may be misread as related to depression and anxiety or negative lifestyle issues such as unhealthy eating habits and drug and alcohol addiction. In fact, according to research adults with undiagnosed ADHD are more likely to participate in addictive behavior than those who do not have the disorder. Although the reasons for substance use differ, in the majority of instances the need to self-medicate was common. What’s more in 2011 the number of people suffering from ADHD and drug abuse was 65 percent, while nearly 33 percent of ADHD suffers abused alcohol. Adults with undiagnosed ADHD (or diagnosed but never received treatment) will oftentimes turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate the symptoms. Adults self-medicating their symptoms may turn to Cocaine and/or alcohol for relief – albeit temporary. When properly diagnosed, ADHD is treated with stimulant medication such as Desoxyn, Adderall and Ritalin. These drugs affect the central nervous system and same region of the brain as stimulant drugs.
Adult ADHD Medication and Substance Abuse
Adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD and are on medication (such as Adderall), but are also engaged in other drug or alcohol abuse put their physical and psychological health at risk. Where there is a history of substance abuse, most doctors will not prescribe medication for ADHD until the individual is sober which means that they will need to quit cold turkey (not recommended) or seek the assistance of a medical detox facility.
The Benefits of Medical Detox Treatment for Adults with ADHD
Depending on the severity of drug and/or alcohol abuse, most individuals benefit from entering an inpatient medical detox treatment. An inpatient medical detox treatment may be offered in a traditional hospital or private detox facility. Most people experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on the type of substance use and in degree, ranging from mild and bearable to intense and painful. The best method for medical detox treatment is one that will control the withdrawal symptoms and keep the patient comfortable throughout the process. Once detox is successfully completed, it is possible that your doctor may prescribe a medication for ADHD that is a non-stimulant or slower acting, low dose stimulant, to prevent future abuse or addiction issues. Do you have questions about drug and alcohol addiction and adult ADHD? Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929 to learn more about our facility and detox treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.