ADHD Awareness Month from an Addiction Perspective
Mark Jacobson, LMFT, MCAP
Chief Operating & Clinical Officer
October is ADHD Awareness Month
Since our focus at Meridian Treatment Solution is on mental health and addiction treatment, I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences of what we see in our clinical setting relating to ADHD and ADHD treatment.
Many children and adults are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Some of the signs of ADHD include:
- difficulty organizing and completing tasks
- remembering appointments and reminders
- being overly active and compelled to do things
- making careless mistakes
- being easily bored
- having trouble focusing and waiting your turn
- cutting others off when they talk, and more.
These symptoms, of course, can look like the stress of a busy, modern life, so it’s important to see a qualified mental health professional to be properly diagnosed.
Some people are accurately and appropriately diagnosed with ADHD and others are not. And, of course, many children and adults start ADHD treatment, they are prescribed medication that’s specifically designed to help control the symptoms of ADHD.
Like many medications, they can be used as prescribed and are incredibly effective in managing the symptoms they’re designed to affect.
The most popular ones currently are Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera, and Intuniv. Some can become addictive and others are not.
ADHD Treatment at Meridian
We’ve had many clients at Meridian in our inpatient (Partial Hospitalization Program) who have come in with a history of abusing ADHD medications, both by prescription originally and “recreationally.”
Either way, once they are in treatment, if they still suffer from the symptoms of ADHD, our medical staff will prescribe a non-addictive stimulant designed to help with the symptoms.
After all, most of our clients struggle with addiction as well as a co-occurring disorder, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and others.
Our goal is to treat these disorders, often with prescription medication and psychotherapy—not to continue the cycle of addiction or exacerbate it.
We teach clients to live a life of sobriety, recovery and mental health. This includes those who struggle with the inability to focus and other symptoms of ADHD.
Break the Cycle of Addiction
The bottom line is, many children and adults struggle with ADHD, and many benefit from the medications that are designed to help manage the symptoms so they can live happy, productive lives.
But when those medications are abused, just like heroin, crack, Xanax or any other drug, getting into an addiction treatment facility that breaks the cycle of addiction is critical.
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