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Addiction & ADHD

How it usually begins.... teens and weed

It’s extremely common for ADHD teenagers to use cannabis, often from a very early age. It’s not unusual to hear of nine-year-olds smoking weed. If you ask an ADHD teenager why they do it they will always give you the same two answers. Because it calms their brain down and helps them sleep.

So if you have found your child using cannabis and are horrified, don’t panic! This is way more common than you might think. But it is a real indication that their brain is too active and possibly that they are having sleep problems.

We understand why they do it but we can work towards them stopping altogether. Which is very important. Not only because we don’t want them damaging their young brains but we also don’t want them giving it to friends which leaves them open to being arrested for ‘supply’.

Worse still we don’t want their ADHD entrepreneurial skills kicking in when they decide to sell it to friends. We’ve seen far too many teenagers go down that road and it can lead to some very hefty prison sentences for ‘dealing’.

How it usually begins.... teens and weed

It’s extremely common for ADHD teenagers to use cannabis, often from a very early age. It’s not unusual to hear of nine-year-olds smoking weed. If you ask an ADHD teenager why they do it they will always give you the same two answers. Because it calms their brain down and helps them sleep. So if you have found your child using cannabis and are horrified, don’t panic! This is way more common than you might think. But it is a real indication that their brain is too active and possibly that they are having sleep problems.

We understand why they do it but we can work towards them stopping altogether. Which is very important. Not only because we don’t want them damaging their young brains but we also don’t want them giving it to friends which leaves them open to being arrested for ‘supply’. Worse still we don’t want their ADHD entrepreneurial skills kicking in when they decide to sell it to friends. We’ve seen far too many teenagers go down that road and it can lead to some very hefty prison sentences for ‘dealing’.

Why it's more common than you might think....

Did you know there is a huge link between addiction and ADHD? A lot of people don’t. In fact a lot of very important people don’t. Including a lot of very well-known rehabs and addiction specialists. It’s quite scary how many people don’t understand the link between ADHD and addiction. But we do.

The primary reason for the connection is that the ADHD brain is adrenaline seeking . One of the ways it seeks adrenaline, or ‘a buzz’, is through alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, shopping and all sorts of other addictive behaviours.

So there is never any surprise when an ADHD person develops an addiction problem.

What we do to help....

We CAN help. Firstly please don’t send your ADHD person with addiction issues to see any sort of therapist who doesn’t understand ADHD. Traditional addiction reduction and withdrawal methods don’t work on ADHD brains. All that is going to happen there is the ADHD person will become frustrated by seeing traditional methods work on neuro typical brains and the therapist will be perplexed that standard procedures aren’t working.

Instead we strongly recommend you book them in with one of our addiction trained ADHD therapists. They will help them understand how the ADHD brain is constantly looking for dopamine, the pleasure hormone, and when it’s given a little taste of it – for example a glass of wine – the compulsive element of the brain pushes for more and more of what is giving it pleasure.

This is what leads to compulsive drinking, eating, drugtaking, gambling and any other addictive behaviour. The ADHD’s brain compulsivity is extremely powerful but there are tried and tested ways to stop that, that work very well for ADHD brains. And we are experienced at working with all addictions. Very often an ADHD person will have more than one.

Our ADHD addiction therapists are fully trained counsellors, all diagnosed ADHD themselves with additional addiction training. They can work face-to-face at various UK locations, by video link, telephone and online.

We also have our own ADHD psychiatrist who specialises in addiction. He will understand completely how the ADHD and addiction are interacting and how best to medicate and manage both conditions. He works with compassion, kindness and care and with a level of understanding unmatched by other professionals who don’t fully understand the connection between ADHD and addiction.

There won’t be any judging. But there will be an awful lot of understanding and a real desire to help the person get on top of their addiction.

Why it's more common than you might think....

Did you know there is a huge link between addiction and ADHD? A lot of people don’t. In fact a lot of very important people don’t. Including a lot of very well-known rehabs and addiction specialists. It’s quite scary how many people don’t understand the link between ADHD and addiction. But we do.

The primary reason for the connection is that the ADHD brain is adrenaline seeking . One of the ways it seeks adrenaline, or ‘a buzz’, is through alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, shopping and all sorts of other addictive behaviours.

So there is never any surprise when an ADHD person develops an addiction problem.

What we do to help....

We CAN help. Firstly please don’t send your ADHD person with addiction issues to see any sort of therapist who doesn’t understand ADHD. Traditional addiction reduction and withdrawal methods don’t work on ADHD brains. All that is going to happen there is the ADHD person will become frustrated by seeing traditional methods work on neuro typical brains and the therapist will be perplexed that standard procedures aren’t working.

Instead we strongly recommend you book them in with one of our addiction trained ADHD therapists. They will help them understand how the ADHD brain is constantly looking for dopamine, the pleasure hormone, and when it’s given a little taste of it – for example a glass of wine – the compulsive element of the brain pushes for more and more of what is giving it pleasure. This is what leads to compulsive drinking, eating, drugtaking, gambling and any other addictive behaviour. The ADHD’s brain compulsivity is extremely powerful but there are tried and tested ways to stop that, that work
very well for ADHD brains. And we are experienced at working with all addictions. Very often an ADHD person will have more than one.

Our ADHD addiction therapists are fully trained counsellors, all diagnosed ADHD themselves with additional addiction training. They can work face-to-face at various UK locations, by video link, telephone and online.

We also have our own ADHD psychiatrist who specialises in addiction. He will understand completely how the ADHD and addiction are interacting and how best to medicate and manage both conditions. He works with compassion, kindness and care and with a level of understanding unmatched by other professionals who don’t fully understand the connection between ADHD and addiction.

There won’t be any judging. But there will be an awful lot of understanding and a real desire to help the person get on top of their addiction.