ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a common issue, especially among youth. According to a National Health Survey, an estimated 8.4% of children from 3 to 17 years old had ADHD. Research indicates that an estimated 2.5% of adults have ADHD.
Research also shows that people with ADHD are significantly more likely to have substance use disorders than the general population. Effective ADHD and addiction treatment will address the self-medicating nature of substance abuse and ensure mental health issues are being properly managed with medication (as clinically appropriate) and research-backed behavioral therapies.
People with co-occurring mental health issues and substance use disorders require specialized treatment that addresses both of these difficulties. One of the challenges of treating people with both ADHD and a substance use disorder is the inherent addictive tendencies of the individual and the use of psychostimulants to treat ADHD. People with substance use issues may abuse the very medication that is being prescribed to help them. At the same time, studies show that untreated ADHD can compromise an individual’s ability to effectively engage in and benefit from addiction treatment.
Controlled substances like Ritalin and Adderall, which are stimulants, are often used to treat ADHD. At The Ranch, we take an abstinence-based approach to treating addictions and mental health disorders. Our medical team prescribes research-backed, non-stimulant, non-controlled medications as appropriate to manage ADHD symptoms. Treating individuals with non-controlled medications helps curtail possible abuse of prescription meds that is a risk factor for addicted individuals and those in recovery.
We combine pharmacological therapies with evidence-based behavioral therapies and mindfulness approaches to treat clients with co-occurring disorders. Our experienced medical team works closely with clients to ensure ADHD symptoms are being effectively treated with research-backed medications. Clients also engage in therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, individual and group therapy, and expressive therapies. These approaches help clients better manage thinking patterns and behaviors, address underlying trauma, and develop resiliency and healthy coping skills. Learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment centers.