Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is commonly known to affect children; however, this disorder can also impact adults. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), ADHD impacts approximately 4.4% of adults between the ages 18 to 44 in the U.S. ADHD can severely impact a person’s ability to achieve career or academic aspirations, to form meaningful and healthy relationships, or build self-esteem. To cope with the negative impact of ADHD in their lives, some adults turn to substances or process addictions.
Create Recovery Center of West Los Angeles is here to help those who are struggling with a dual diagnosis of ADHD and addiction. You can learn new skills to manage your symptoms of ADHD while freeing yourself from addiction. If you or a loved one is suffering from ADHD, you may notice the following behaviors:
Behavioral patterns like this can significantly disrupt a person’s ability to maintain a job or career, build relationships with others, or find fulfillment from achievements. When a person is unable to sustain their attention to accomplish a goal, they might feel shame or guilt about not following through. Feelings of guilt and shame can lower a person’s self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. Create Recovery can help to rebuild your self-esteem and self-confidence so that you can manage your ADHD symptoms in healthy ways!
If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), our assessment may be a beneficial tool. Although the assessment can not be used as a definitive diagnosis, it can help to determine how many symptoms associated with addiction a person may be facing.
We base our assessment questions on the criteria laid out by the fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Regardless to the results of the assessment, it is important to note that ADHD must be diagnosed by a trained medical professional.
While there is no cure for ADHD, the expert staff at Create Recovery can teach you the skills you need to treat your disorder. Treatment for ADHD can include taking medications to increase your attention, reduce hyperactivity, and control impulsivity. However, medications are just a part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Since ADHD can negatively impact a person’s self-esteem or ability to pursue fulfilling relationships, therapeutic interventions can help a person rebuild their life. People with dual-diagnosis of ADHD and addiction can benefit from:
ADHD may leave deficits in critical life domains that impact a person’s overall quality of life. Create Recovery believes that addressing the person’s “whole-self” in recovery will yield the best results for success. Taking holistic approaches, like learning life skills and exercising, can help alleviate symptoms of ADHD.
Since ADHD can negatively affect a person’s performance at work or their ability to maintain a healthy home environment, learning organizational skills can help to prevent issues related to ADHD. Sometimes, when we learn to work with our diagnosis rather than against it, we can get the best results. If you struggle with ADHD, try some of the following to accomplish tasks and complete goals:
You can live a successful and fulfilling life with ADHD by learning how to manage symptoms and cope with stress! At Create Recovery, we are here to help you if you’re struggling with addiction due to underlying issues, like ADHD. Remember this important tip: reach out for help when you need it. Create Recovery is here for you!