In Kids With ADHD, Stimulants May Help Protect Against Drug Abuse

A  study published in July in the British Journal of Psychiatry has shown that adolescents with ADHD who were not treated with a stimulant medication had a doubling of their risk of developing subtance abuse problems compared to  untreated individuals. The study also found that children who start stimulant medications at a younger age are better protected.  Physicians treating ADHD have known for some time that there is an association between addiction and ADHD. In my clinical experience at the Atlanta Center for Adult ADHD, patients with ADHD  receiving addiction treatment have significantly more difficulty in recovery and a higher relapse rate if their ADHD is not properly managed.