People who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) can experience extremely troubling symptoms that reduce their ability to function in everyday life. Although a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD is most commonly received in childhood, some cases are not detected until much later in life. The most common symptoms include a shortened attention span, being easily distracted from the focus of one?s attention and fidgeting and chronic feelings of restlessness. Unfortunately, ADD or ADHD patients often self-medicate in the hopes that their substance abuse will help them to feel better. At White Sands treatment center we can help you to tackle both the substance abuse problem and the underlying mental health issue. However, the first step is to learn more about the nature of addiction commonly experienced by ADD or ADHD patients.
In addition, it is worth noting that those with ADD or ADHD can be prone to binging on food, as for some people it can help to induce temporary feelings of calmness and contentment. For example, sugar, salt and carbohydrates can be ingested to change the person’s mood, and may be consumed entirely independently of any hunger. Compulsive eating can become an addiction, dominating thoughts and controlling behaviors.
While self-medicating typically begins with pleasant results that can help the person to feel better and lessen their sense of restlessness, this type of behavior can quickly lead to tolerance, dependence and addiction. Once addiction is established, the individual can begin to experience profound problems with strained relationships, poor job performance, and risk-taking or criminal behaviors.
In addition, the substance abuse commonly found in ADD/ADHD patients can be extremely dangerous to their health; each different drug of abuse carries with it a wide range of serious consequences for the body. For example, over-indulging in prescription painkillers quickly leads to tolerance and dependence, increasing the likelihood of accidental overdose (which can be fatal). Meanwhile, abuse of amphetamines like speed can lead to cardiovascular complications like heart attacks or strokes, and may add further mental health problems to the mix. Amphetamine psychosis is not uncommon, and its symptoms are broadly similar to those experienced by paranoid schizophrenics. Further, even abuse of food can be dangerous, leading to eating disorders such as bulimia or resulting in health-related complications of obesity (such as blocked arteries and extra strain on the heart).
If you are struggling with the symptoms of ADD/ADHD and are wondering whether you are addicted to drugs, alcohol or food, ask yourself the following questions. Try to be honest when considering your answers.
If you have answered “yes” to more than one of these questions, it is highly likely that you could use the help of a treatment center in order to end the destructive cycle of abuse and addiction.
If you suffer from a mental health issue in conjunction with an addiction, this is called a co-occurring disorder and it makes you an ideal candidate for a dual diagnosis treatment program. This type of program takes an integrated approach to treatment, addressing both the symptoms caused by the mental illness and those intimately connected with the substance abuse problem. Our dedicated and professional team will offer you the following:
If you know or fear that you are suffering from ADD or ADHD and your self-medication has lead to the warning signs of addiction, don?t wait any longer to seek help. Call White Sands today at 877 – 855- 3470 to speak to a member of our staff who understands addictions and co-occurring disorders. There is hope for recovery.