ADHD and Addictions

by on May 5th, 2010 at 7:00 am

How to recognize the signs and find help

As the knowledge about ADHD increases through magazines, newspapers, websites and even the evening news, we have learned that there are some specific character traits often found in people with a learning disability. Those traits include disorganized work habits, procrastination, failure to complete tasks and forgetfulness.

BrightSparkis a homeopathic remedy that relieves hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness in children with attention. problems

Many of these characteristics are common with people who suffer from ADHD, which can lead to feelings of frustration and failure, and subsequently, emotional pain.

As human beings, we tend to find ways to decrease our emotional and physical pain, and this is especially true for those with ADHD. Many individuals with ADHD seek alternative ways to deal with constant mind reeling and feelings of failure. Seeking to self-medicate and rid themselves of pain, some people with ADHD develop an addiction, whether it be to smoking, gambling, food, sex, alcohol, shopping or drugs.

Facing Self-Medication Issues

Self-medicating is when we use substances and behaviors to change how we feel. Someone with ADHD can self-medicate with food. Though food is legal, when used in excess it can manifest itself into an eating disorder. Eating can actually be grounding for some individuals and it becomes a compulsion, instead of a need to nourish the body.

Another way to self-medicate is through the use nicotine, alcohol or drugs. For an individual with ADHD, some drugs such as nicotine, caffeine, cocaine, diet pills and “speed” enables them to focus, think clearly, and follow through with ideas and tasks. That being said, someone with ADHD and an addiction may have a more difficult time quitting their addiction, because they finally feel like they found something that can slow down their mind and lessen incessant thoughts.

Help for Addicted Persons with ADHD

It is important to know the stages of recovery for someone that acquired an addiction through their ADHD. Recovery can be confusing and some individuals may start to rethink their decisions about becoming healthy. Using a natural approach to addictions can be a positive way to keep an addict on track.

Make sure that you consult a doctor before administering any type of natural herbal or homeopathic remedy. Introducing herbs to help to a person with ADHD can be intimidating; soothing herbs like St. John’s Wort and Passion Flower can help a sufferer’s mood and enhance feelings of well-being.

When thinking about getting your ADHD addict on the path to wellness, make sure you seek proper counsel to help you in your quest.

Research shows that both ADD and ADHD are considered the same condition. Although the term ADD is still used by the public to identify a subset of ADHD, ADHD is the proper medical terminology for people with attention disorders whether they display signs of hyperactivity or not. In our posts when we use the term ADHD, we are also referring to ADD and vice versa.

2 Responses to “ADHD and Addictions”

  1. Psalm1139mom

    Jul 1st, 2010

    Our pediatrician and adolescent doctor does not believe in nor does he have knowledge of holistic remedies. How do I seek counsel from my doctor when he/she refuses to educate himself on these supplements?

    • B. Chancey

      Jul 2nd, 2010

      Hi there, Thanks for the comment! Although this is something that is only suggested, maybe you could find a pediatrician who is open to alternative treatments. You can also be firm with your doctor in your intention to try something natural before conventional treatments. The choice is ultimately up to the child’s care giver.

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