ADHD and Substance Abuse

ADHD and addiction or Substance Use Disorders (SUD): is there a relationship between these two? And if so, how are they related?

What do we know about ADHD and SUD? 

  • There is evidence to suggest that ADHD increases the risk of developing an addiction.
  • Treating ADHD in childhood might prevent development of SUD (Substance Use Disorder).
  • ADHD is increasingly recognised as an invalidating and highly prevalent disorder in children and in adults.
  • ADHD is a common diagnosis among SUD patients (prevalence15-30 % in American studies).
  • Treating ADHD may have a positive influence on the severity and course of SUD.
  • There is strong evidence of a genetic contribution to the predisposition to develop addiction after repeated drug exposure.

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