Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults
Teen addicted to alcohol and cannabis
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18 year old son addicted to alcohol and cannabis
Posted by Joevie to Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults on Jan 25, 2014 at 6:22pm
Hi All, I’m new to this site and really hope someone can give me some advice on how to help my son.
He was diagnosed with ADHD aged 8 and was given meds. He hated taking those as he didn’t like how it made him feel and now at 6’ tall, it’s rather difficult to make him take them!
Aged 16 he had a massive meltdown and it came out he was self-harming and had been drinking booze secretly since 13!!! How I missed this I have no idea and feel terrible about. He then went really down hill and overdosed and slashed his wrist saying he hated his life and we’d all be better off without him. This was his bottom. Since then he has been more open about how he feels and has asked for help. He regularly sees a councillor and has been taking meds more frequently (but not regularly enough). He’s a bright lad with a good circle of friends but he seriously lacks self-esteem and confidence. That said, he is now holding down a part-time job and a full-time college course training to be a chef (which he’s very good at).
But, only today he broke down again admitting that he is smoking a lot of cannabis as he made the decision to stop drinking on New Year’s day. He says that booze and dope ‘slows his head down’ and he craves ‘something’ all the time. He desperately doesn’t want to live like this but feels it’s too late and he’s addicted now. He’s agreed to take small doses of quick release Ritalin regularly to see if this helps with his cravings so we’ll see if this helps, but the trouble is, like I said, he doesn’t like the effect of these meds and he says it takes away his personality.
Has anyone else had this type of experience with their child?
I would appreciate any feedback at all as I am at just at a loss as to what to do. Many thanks, Deb
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