Kids With ADHD At Increased Risk For Substance Abuse

A recently released study has shown that there may be a link between those who are diagnosed with ADHD and substance abuse. This may terrify many parents whose children have this condition, as it is yet another situation for concern.
The study spread out over eight years and included over 600 children from childhood through adolescence who had ADHD.

What Are The Causes?

The Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD took 579 children and treated them with ADHD medications for a period of 14 months. They then periodically checked up on them and finally they were compared to their peers who did not have ADHD. The results were as follows:

•    After 6 years, 35 percent of the participants with ADHD admitted to abusing at least one substance, as compared to 19.5 percent among those who did not have ADHD.
•    At each checkpoint (2,3,6,and 8 years), the group with ADHD showed higher rates of substance abuse.
•    There was also a higher rate of cigarette and marijuana smokers among the ADHD group.
•    Both groups showed high rates of alcohol consumption at the eight-year mark.

In fact, ADHD is five to ten times more common among adult alcoholics than it is in people who do not suffer from ADHD. In addition, 25 percent of adults being treated for alcohol and substance abuse. Researchers have also found links between ADHD and the use of marijuana and other recreational drugs, particularly in people who also have other psychological disorders (such as obsessive-compulsive disorder). What’s more, people with ADHD typically start having problems with drugs and alcohol at an earlier age than people without the condition.

Is There Any Means of Preventing This?

Researchers believe that the connection may be with impulsive behaviors, often displayed by those diagnosed with ADHD. Other factors may include trouble making healthy friendships and how they perform in school. Researchers assure that ADHD medications did nothing to affect the risk for substance abuse. Although these medications appear to minimize ADHD symptoms in over 80 percent of those diagnosed with it, many believe that they may set the child up for addiction problems in the future.

Drugs used to treat ADHD such as Ritalin and Aderall can be very dangerous if abused and do, in fact have a high level of addiction potential. These particular types of drugs contain chemicals that stimulate your body, which means they will raise your heartbeat.

Because stimulants are often abused at parties, there is often alcohol involved, which can increase the danger of these drugs markedly.

Typical side effects as a result of abusing stimulants include irregular heartbeat, extremely high blood pressure, seizures, tremors, difficulty breathing and mood disorders. Even more terrifying are the effects of repeated use of high doses, which could result in confusion, hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia, stoke and even death. Though not all abusers use stimulants as means of partying, that doesn’t mean they pose any less of a danger.

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Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/779755

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