Very often addiction is accompanied by a variety of conditions, examples of which include depression, mood swings and anxiety disorders. Two related disorders that may present themselves are ADD and ADHD
With ADD, individuals may have difficulty focusing, paying attention and remembering the simplest of things. Clients frequently report symptoms that were present in childhood and persist into adulthood. Some of these include:
2. Poor attention
3. Unfulfilled promises
4. Temper outbursts
6. Compulsive behaviors
8. Intolerance of boredom
9. Hot temper
10. Tendency to worry
12. Impaired concentration
16. Problems in relationships, jobs, friendships
17. Losing things
18. Impulsive interrupting of others
19. Inability to relax
20. Motivational deficit
21. No follow through
If you feel that many of these symptoms are present in your day-to-day life, you may have ADD/ADHD.
What is ADD/ADHD?
ADD/ADHD is a neuropsychiatric syndrome which encompasses a number of symptoms that include inattention, impulse actions, lack of behavioral inhibitions, hyperactivity and emotional outbursts. When this disorder is coupled with a substance abuse problem, families and friends offer suffer along with the individual struggling with ADD/ADHD.
PROFESSIONAL DIAGNOSTIC TEAM
Because Alternatives in Treatment offers treatment for both substance abuse and dual disorders, the facility works with psychiatrists and other professionals who are able to diagnose symptoms and make recommendations for treatment for ADD/ADHD.
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Psychologists are able to administer appropriate testing to determine if one has ADD/ADHD. When indicated, we can help in arranging these tests with qualified psychologists in the area. Once diagnosed, a behavioral approach is taken in order to teach the client to live effectively with ADD/ADHD and not be overwhelmed or victimized by it. Many people can learn to live effective lives despite needing help for addiction and ADD/ADHD.
Coaching – A New Approach
ADD/ADHD coaching is employed as a method of treatment, and clients learn how to manage the symptoms of ADD/ADHD successfully. Simple coping techniques are utilized that make task completion easier and help build confidence in those who suffer with the condition. Our therapists have the ability and experience to help clients implement these techniques.
Medication may be called for in certain cases and new, improved pharmaceutical choices are now available.
Hope for Recovery and Independent Living
When coupled with education, therapy, and treatment, clients diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are given the opportunity for successful, effective living. Alternatives in Treatment offers treatment for both addiction and ADD/ADHD simultaneously to improve chances of success. Recovery and effective living are the goals of treatment. Let us help you!
Typical ADD/ADHD Scenarios – Do You Relate to Them?
JASON, WAITER, AGE 26
He was always a good child but could never complete his homework or chores. He would daydream his time away and now he can’t hold a job for any length of time. He is still living at home with his parents and has a hard time maintaining any romantic relationships.
MARY, HOUSEWIFE, 45
How could she have ADD? It’s true that she has had numerous treatments for alcohol addiction but she has no idea why she continues to relapse. Her son complains that she never listens to him or forgets what he has told her almost immediately. She can’t seem to follow through with any promises or commitments. She has started drinking again.
MICHAEL, UNEMPLOYED, AGE 37
Michael is in and out of jail. He never sat still as a child and his family thought he would outgrow his hyperactivity. He hasn’t yet. He started smoking pot and now he is getting in trouble with the law and doesn’t seem to care.
BRAD, HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUT, AGE 18
He is depressed and his self-esteem is low. No matter how many times his parents and friends try to help him, it just doesn’t work. He was diagnosed with ADD in the third grade and was placed on Ritalin. By the time he was in the tenth grade, he started abusing the drug and finally dropped out of high school. He has always been artistic and a gifted guitar player, but he could not find a way to utilize his talents. His parents fear that he is going nowhere and that he can’t cope with life.
JOHN, SUCCESSFUL ATTORNEY, AGE 42
He is a successful attorney who did well in school. John never stops working. He uses cocaine and says it helps him calm down. He loses his temper and never seems content or satisfied with anything he has accomplished. Sometimes he stays out all night. His wife and children are angry and do not understand his behavior.
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