How Does ADHD Affect Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD is a psychiatric disorder usually diagnosed in childhood. ADHD is a chronic disorder with symptoms that ebb and flow throughout the course of a person’s life.

What Are The Symptoms of ADHD?

  • ADHD presents with an inability to be calm and still.
  • A person can get very easily triggered to emotional outburst and may experience mood swings
  • They may talk quickly and constantly
  • Their distraction may make it difficult for them to follow even the most basic of directions
  • They likely suffer from mild to serious insomnia
  • They exhibit low tolerance of those around them
  • They likely suffer from high anxiety
  • Easily prone to anger and hot tempered
  • They may display highly impulsive actions
  • They lack organizational skills and because of this often lose shoes, clothes, school work, and personal items such as their car keys.
  • They are easily bored and distracted from matters at hand
  • When they are in a conversation they may not be able to consistently process everything being said.

What Does My ADHD Have To Do With My Addiction?

Studies have shown that when a child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, there’s a good bet they will engage in some kind of drug or alcohol abuse in their adolescence.

They are more likely to try cigarettes early, accept alcohol offered to them early on in their adolescence and try marijuana earlier if a kid has ADHD. Not only that, after trying those more traditional rebellions, a teenager with ADHD is more likely to continue escalating their use of both tobacco and weed and may well upgrade their drugs of choice to something even more threatening. It follows that if a teenager will take the step to misuse cigarettes and alcohol, they very well may be willing to try acid or an opioid. And once a teenager goes down the route of those more highly addictive substances, the problem of drug use becomes exponentially more dangerous.


One explanation for the higher likelihood of someone with ADHD developing a chemical dependency is a possible urge to self medicate. The symptoms of ADHD can be stifling. The inability to concentrate can be overwhelming but also comes with a real stigma from society. The societal wounds caused by mental health stigma can be just as difficult to fight than the actual physical side effects that present because of the disorder. Therefore it is not surprising that so many people with ADHD also end up developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol.


If you suffer from ADHD and have a chemical dependency, you will need to treat both disorders to succeed in recovery. FHE Health holds mental health rehabilitation as a vital step in the process of recovery treatment, especially in the case of someone with a mental health disorder.

What Can FHE Health Do For Patients with ADHD?


At FHE we offer an 8 tier neuro treatment program that includes testing, monitoring, therapy, and training. As you go through our drug detox, florida psychiatric services will be there for you. With a myriad of therapeutic opportunities throughout our FHE Health affordable drug rehab, you will have all of the resources you need to understand and treat both your substance addiction and your ADHD.


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