Addiction and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are commonly co-occurring conditions. If you have ADHD, you have a two to three times higher risk of developing an addiction. Up to a quarter of people with an addiction also have ADHD. For them, their use of alcohol or drugs may have started out as a way to self-medicate. Triora treats ADHD and addiction together for a better chance of long-term recovery.
"For people with ADHD, substance use has a clear function. It helps them become quieter and they can concentrate better. But there is a high risk that they go on to develop an addiction. The combination of addiction and ADHD is severe - you have two conditions. If patients are effectively treated for ADHD, it can also remove the reason for them to use."
Arnoud Naaborg, psychologist Triora Netherlands, specialised in treating ADHD and addiction.
Our effective treatment for ADHD and addiction
If you have ADHD, it will be very difficult for you to stop using without addressing the underlying condition of ADHD. At Triora we regularly have patients with ADHD and we pay special attention to this condition as part of our successful addiction treatment for a number of addictions ranging from alcohol, cocaine and cannabis addiction to gambling and gaming.
Our residential treatment takes place in the peaceful surroundings of our modern, private clinics in Spain. Outpatient treatment is also available via secure videoconferencing. Treatment can be provided in English or Spanish. We look forward to helping you start a new and fulfilling life free of addiction in which you effectively manage ADHD.
How does Triora diagnose ADHD?
On admission, all our new patients complete a standard self-screening for ADHD. If the results are positive, this is followed up with further investigation. A clear assessment is only possible once patients have been clean for several weeks because during active addiction, patients often exhibit ADHD-like symptoms, such as being chaotic, impulsive or experiencing reduced concentration. Once someone has been clean for some time, these symptoms usually become less. But for someone with ADHD, the restlessness and hyperactivity increases.
What does Triora’s ADHD module include?
Triora has developed a special module for patients who are diagnosed with ADHD. The aim is to give ADHD sufferers a better understanding of the condition, and to help introduce structure and time management to better cope with the effects of ADHD. In our experience, medication can also be effective, resulting in a significant change in behaviour.
"Often a new world opens up to ADHD sufferers – they become less impulsive, are better able to process information, and understand things better. For example, patients who start with medication can more easily follow the Rational Emotive Therapy module, leading to the therapy being more effective." Arnoud Naaborg
How can ADHD be effectively treated with medication?
Medication is the first step in treating ADHD. Certain types of medication have a similar effect to cocaine, except that the user is not exhilarated or euphoric. However, some people may abuse these medicines. Patients should, therefore, be carefully monitored. When taken responsibly, the results can be very beneficial. In the safety of a Triora clinic and under the supervision of our trained professionals, patients can be treated with medication starting with a low dosage to first evaluate the effects.
Why is ADHD a restrictive disorder?
As a disorder, ADHD can be very disruptive to a sufferer in their daily functioning on several levels. ADHD is a very restrictive disorder. If you have ADHD, perhaps you cannot study well due to lack of concentration and your educational performance may suffer as a result. Perhaps you cannot keep your job. You may experience difficulty in relationships as a result of your impulsive, hyperactive behaviour, which meets with a lack of understanding from those around you. These factors have a negative effect on self-esteem, and can lead you to feel rejected and misunderstood.
How can I find out more about ADHD?
Find out more about addiction and ADHD in a series of articles by Dr. Constant Mouton, Triora psychiatrist and head of department in the Netherlands. Find out for example, why people with ADHD get addicted.
How can I find out if I have an addiction?
Triora can help you find out if you have an addiction. Take our addiction self-test, or call us for advice. If you register, we will call you back to arrange a free orientation consultation.