Alcohol abuse always comes from underlying issues. A mental health disorder is the most common. One of the disorders that are linked to alcohol abuse is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Alcohol abuse and mental health disorders are complex disorders, but it is treatable. Skyward Treatment can help with dual diagnosis and treat it simultaneously to ensure a successful recovery.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects both activity and attention. An estimated 4% of adults and 11% of children are considered to have ADHD.
Many of its symptoms, such as high activity levels, short attention spans, and an inability to sit still for extended periods, are particularly prevalent in young children.
The following are some of the most common symptoms of ADHD:
- Inattentiveness. Those with ADHD may have difficulty focusing on school, work, or other essential obligations because of inattentiveness. The child cannot keep up with tasks requiring sustained mental efforts, such as schoolwork, forgetting appointments, and making mistakes at school or work.
- Hyperactivity. Fidgeting, feet tapping, or squirming in their seats can be symptoms of ADHD. The behavior of children with ADHD may include running and climbing in inappropriate places.
- Impulsivity. People with ADHD may find it challenging to remain patient. Decisions can often be hurried without considering the results, or conversations can be interrupted because of impulsiveness.
How Alcohol and ADHD Connected?
Like any mental health disorder, alcohol is used as a coping mechanism. Alcohol may appear as a short-term solution to restlessness and anxiety often associated with ADHD. But heavy consumption can intensify symptoms of ADHD and cause ADHD medications to be ineffective.
Alcohol poisoning and overdose risks are increased when stimulant medicines for ADHD are taken with alcohol. Your chance of heart attack or stroke increases if you often use ADHD medication with alcohol.
Additionally, drinking on an empty stomach while using ADHD meds can accelerate your drunkenness, making you impaired faster.
Just like any disorder, alcohol addiction is treatable. Here at Skyward Treatment, we commend individuals who accept that they need help to recover. Our treatment programs are carefully designed to treat various addictions and mental health disorders.