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ADHD Plus Substance Abuse

July 9th, 2014 11:06:00 am

ADHD Plus Substance Abuse

I recently read an article on ADDitude Magazine that I couldn't resist making one or two comments on, not to mention adding in a few different insights. Go figure!


Here is the article and the ten conditions:


ADHD Plus: 10 Conditions that May Show Up with Attention Deficit

  1. ADHD and Depression

  2. ADHD and Learning Disabilities

  3. ADHD and Anxiety

  4. ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  5. ADHD and Bipolar Disorder

  6. ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder

  7. ADHD and Autism

  8. ADHD and Substance Abuse

  9. ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome

  10. ADHD and Conduct Disorder


In this series of blogs, I have been going through these conditions one by one and offering my unique perspective. Keep in mind that the National Institute of Health stated that we have a 20% rate of misdiagnosis, and it is very difficult to get rid of a label. I suspect the misdiagnosis rate would be higher if they remove the ADHD label and discover the real diagnosis—which could be another condition altogether, or the result of environmental circumstances ranging from bad diet to bad parenting or abuse. But the American Medical Association is not known for wanting to take ownership where it has previously been wrong; they'd rather bury a diagnosis instead of admit they were at fault.


Twenty to 30 percent of adults with ADHD go on to develop substance abuse problems at some point in their life. Some use drugs or alcohol to combat symptoms of ADHD—to sleep better or improve mood. People with substance abuse problems have a higher risk of depression and anxiety. Misusing drugs and alcohol makes treating ADHD more difficult.

ADDitude Magazine



When everyone's time and energies were spent on trying to make you a delicious red apple, even though you were born an elegant eggplant, at some point you give up and do whatever it takes to fit in. When your self-worth and self-esteem are so beaten down, because people are trying to make you climb a tree when you're a dolphin (or a shark), you give up and do what it takes to make the pain go away. When you'd rather be in a kayak than a cubicle, you do what it takes to numb desires. When you're taking orders from someone with an IQ double digits below you, someone who won't allow you to question anything, you do what it takes.


Convincing kids that drugs are okay, that drugging them is an acceptable way to make them “fit in” rather than broaden the world to fit them, is a sure-fire way to see that they go from one kind of drug to another. Why are people shocked to hear that ADHD adults may be more likely to have issues with substance abuse? When someone is taught as a child that they should use medications and drugs to fit in, they're going to adhere to that advice when they're adults. It's hard to break out of a pattern of conditioning that's as heavy handed as that.


For fifteen years I have been pointing out that the majority of problems stem from the ADD/HD individual trying to fit into a non-ADD world. Even though more people are diagnosed with ADD, the people in charge are control freaks who see the ADD person's needs to be a threat. Rebellion is inherent in ADD nature. Crushing people into normality is safer than raising them up to fly.


ADHD's incredibly high co-morbid rate of 80% leads me to believe that something is not adding up. Our symptom-focused world of medicine is causing at least as many problems as it is solving—and more in some cases. Fifteen minutes with a doctor is considered a long visit these days. Continuing education credits for doctors are underwritten by pharmaceutical companies. Decisions are being made that fly in the face of what our own institutions have show us. Around many of these issues, someone is toying with parents, as well as the American population as a whole. We're being made to look and act like fools; treated like rubes at a carnival who get fleeced by drug companies, corporations like Monsanto and General Mills, our media, and most of all, by our own government. I am not talking conspiracy theories here. I am talking about groups of people who are spending lots and lots of money in order to make lots of money; people who pay to sway politicians, while we rubes get fleeced—through what we're charged, what we are paid, how we are manipulated and sometimes even bullied into spending—to keep the bribery loop called lobbying alive and well.



This is the 8th in a series of blogs on ADHD and accompanying conditions. You may find the rest of the series here:











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