UKAAN expert meeting on ADHD and Substance Abuse


UKAAN (UK Adult ADHD Network; also see organized an expert meeting on ADHD and Substance Abuse.

UKAAN is a very young organization working on the topic of adult ADHD. Their executive committee works on several issues related to adult ADHD. A few months ago they organized an expert meeting on ADHD and crime. And now the topic of ADHD and Substance Abuse was reviewed in a very interesting day. In due course UKAAN will document on the content of the day. Very interesting was a lecture on the most difficult cases in adult psychiatry: Lots of psychiatric disorders (very often ADHD), social distress and Substance Abuse causes about 70-80% of costs in only 10-20% of patients.

A new program was developed in the UK where the first two steps of treatment are: solid housing and finances. Via this route a relationship was build between patient and caregiver, from where they worked on other issues.

A very interesting way of working with these difficult clients. I am sure that for many patients having both ADHD and Substance Abuse, treatment options like these are very important. Not only in the UK, but in many other countries as well.

UKAAN intends to write research statements on the current state of research on ADHD and Substance Abuse. I will keep you posted on this.


  • By jonathan ormond08-11-2012 / 15:44

    i have just been diognosed 4 month ago and i am awaiting medication. I was reading the above study into people who have had substance abuse-adhd-criminal this is the same for me im on a subutex programe have been to jail 7-8 times and have adhd i would love if you could give me some help on which is the best way for me to fully change my life around i have stoppd drugs a few years ago also no trouble for 6 year now i just need meds so i can hold down a proper job and keep it it has also affected my life with my partner and my 3 beautifull kids

  • By Geurt van de Glind09-11-2012 / 11:52

    Dear Jonathan,
    Thanks a lot for your comments. I would recommend to visit the UKAAN website at: and seek for further help via local experts.
    The treatment options per country very too much, to advise you from my 'Netherlands' point of view.
    Good luck!

  • By ADHD symptomen09-10-2014 / 20:08

    Its a while ago, but how did the meeting go?


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