Individuals with ADHD are at a higher risk for engaging in addictive behaviours due to challenges with being impulsive. They will often make a decision to use substances without considering the consequences.
Addictive Behaviours and ADHD
In this episode of the Brain Science podcast No. 45, Dr. John Ratey discusses ADHD, video games, medication, and addiction.
You can download this episode for free through iTunes and links are provided on the website link below.
These software products and applications can help parents block certain websites to help their child stay on task when completing homework on the computer. These products can also be very helpful for adults with ADHD.
Research has shown that teens with ADHD are 1.5 times more likely to develop any type of substance use disorder. This article from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse summarizes the dangers of cannabis use during adolescence, particularly related to brain functioning and development.
Treatment for cannabis abuse is also discussed and include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and family-based therapies.
An online resource that will provide answers to help you navigate the often confusing and intimidating process of looking for treatment options for substance abuse. This site offers answers to questions you might have about drug treatments. The guide is the result of extensive work between clinicians and addiction professionals and well worth checking out.
NOTE: This is an American based website.
This brief article provides a summary of several research studies that investigated the relationship between ADHD medication use and future substance abuse in youth.
The Truth About ADHD and Addiction
This brief article on the ADDitude website, provides information on why some individuals with ADHD are at a higher risk for substance abuse problems and how being treated for ADHD with medication can actually decrease this risk.
Is Your ADHD Child Addicted to Video Games?: How to break the cycle of video game "addiction" in children with ADHD.
This brief article on the ADDitude website discusses why video games are so appealing to children who have ADHD and offers suggestions for setting limits on your children’s gaming and encouraging other activities.