Many individuals suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a psychological condition characterized by a short attention span, incessant hyperactivity, disorganization, and distraction. However, recent studies have shown that children suffering from this disorder can potentially suffer from severe issues including alcoholism and drug abuse further down the road. In fact, approximately 25% of adults suffering from alcohol abuse or addiction may also be suffering from ADHD, as well. Studies have indicated that this potential problem may not be linked to behavioral medications (e.g. methylphenidate and amphetamines) used to treat ADHD during childhood. So the question remains as to how and why ADHD sufferers are likely to develop alcoholism and drug addiction later in life.
A Matter of Genetics
By nature, people suffering from ADHD are compulsive, impulsive, and erratic, but researchers believe these behaviors are not the only factors behind the subsequent abuse. Much like the disorder, alcoholism can be passed down from parent to child. Further documentation hints that ADHD and alcoholism may actually share similar gene codes, as well.
As stated before, physicians do not believe prescription drugs used to treat ADHD have any connection with tendencies for substance abuse. While drugs like Adderall and Ritalin (the most common chemicals used to control symptoms) do induce temporary “highs” through the release of dopamine, this side effect is purely beneficial, as dopamine is believed to improve cognitive well-being.
Preventing the Problem
Studies have indicated that at least 40% of children suffering from the symptoms of ADHD had started to misuse alcoholic beverages as adults, while approximately 14% of high-school age children could develop dependence to drugs or alcohol later in life. Nevertheless, medical experts are continuing to study the potential link between this unfortunate disorder and abusive behavior.
As part of a prevention program, professionals recommend a rigorous program that involves frequent exercise to stimulate the brain and keep the body fit and healthy. This process will not only help these individuals establish a strict routine but also help them prevent boredom, which can stimulate the uncontrollable behaviors associated with ADHD.
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