There is alot of links to having ADHD and addictions. Not to say you can have an addiction and not have ADHD.
Among adults being treated for alcohol and substance abuse, the rate of ADHD is about 25%. But this is for the people that have been diagnosed with ADHD, and ADHD in adulgts is a relitively new term in fact there are alot of countries that dont regonise it, so the statistics could be alot higher which at 25% is already alarming.
I have adlut ADHD and its classed as a chronic disoder, alot of people are not aware of how severe it actualy is.
There are several reasons why ADHD is a large contributing factor to having addictions.
1. A damaged dopamine receptor which is the primary effect most drug give you, including ciggerettes. A person with ADHD can exibit all the factors of an addict simply because they are trying to self medicate and feel normal. I know I spent 5 years in Narcotics annonymus and I could replace tern addict in there lititure with ADHD for me. . I am not saying anything bad about NA it is an amazing program and has helped millions. Just in my case been totally absinant from all mind altering drugs did more damage than good. When I was to find the medication I needed would help increase my dompamine levels I found myself not having addictive cravings for anything.
2. Impulse control. People with ADHD like addicts lack impulse control. In this case my expereince of it was that I would have the though of getting the drug and it was follwed by the action of getting it without thought of consiquences, like afforabilty was it a good idea you have work tommorow etc.
3, Diminished sensitivity to reward
This neext part I copied from a medical findins on near identical links to the neurobiology of ADHD and addiction.
Contemporary neural models of ADHD impulsivity are strikingly similar to the neurobiology of addiction.
This aversive state in turn provides motivation to engage in impulsive reward seeking, novelty-seeking behaviors that will activate the neurons in the mesolimbic DA system. Thus ADHD adolescents who are prone to risky substance use “may seek the more extreme reward of drugs because their experience of conventional rewards is blunted” . However, since these behaviors do not address the underlying DA deficiency, they produce only temporary improvements in mood and thus larger and more frequent rewards are sought.
After years of living with undiagnosed ADHD and people becoming more and more intollerate of, the out busts, antisocial behavours, contrant interupting conversations and ranting, failures and lack of tollerance. A person with ADHD can end up isolating from the word and using drugs to cover shamful feelings of not good enough, dont fit in, why try I will always get rejected ect.
4, All Addictions have a primary disorder behind them.
Weather its gambiling, sex addiction, drugs addiction, or any addiction(that you psychologicaly and physicaly lack inability to stop consuming). A person with ADHD is 10 times more likley to have a dependance on common illicit drugs than non ADHDer. Medication used to treat ADHD is nearly chemically identical to common illicit drugs except its not made with dangerous chemicals, and is monitored so you get the right balance. Also sex addiction or been hypersexual is very common for people with ADHD once again trying to get the dophmine they lack.
There are many more contributers for having ADHD and addiction, bujt i will leave a few links here for those interested in the topic so not to rant on as its on of my defects
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