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My medication

I drink every day….Every Damn Day! I was better off not knowing.

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Hi cj_analla!

I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling. You are definitely not alone—many individuals with ADHD self-medicate with alcohol and/or drugs.

Studies show that taking medication for ADHD can often break the cycle of addiction, or prevent substance abuse in the first place, for those who have ADHD.

This article on ADDitudeMag.com discusses those findings, some personal stories like yours, and next steps to overcome the problem and live successfully with ADHD: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1868.html. Frank South talks about his drinking and ADHD too on his blog: http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/6/5879.html.

Reach out to your physician for help.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:20pm

Self-medicating with alcohol will make everything worse. Alcohol is a depressant (downer) and you need a stimulant (upper) ... that’s the opposite of what you are doing. If you or other people reading this thread are self-medicating with drugs or alcohol, be aware that your impulsivity and lack of dopamine will often lead you to falsely think that drinking or drugging will help. They won’t, they make your challenges worse. I encourage you to see a doctor immediately to get a proper prescription instead and look into programs/support groups in your area to deal with any substance use/abuse issues you may be having. 

Aaron Smith, MS, LMSW is an ADHD Strategist and Motivational Coach at Potential Within Reach. http://www.potentialwithinreach.com

Posted by Aaron Smith, MS, LMSW on Jul 11, 2014 at 12:29am

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