Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition that can significantly impact daily functioning for many people diagnosed. ADHD can also co-occur with substance use disorders, making treatment even more complex. At Michael’s House, we offer ADHD and addiction treatment in Palm Springs, California, to address both issues simultaneously. Our counselors and clinicians focus on treating co-occurring disorders and creating individualized treatment plans to bring about lasting recovery.
We understand the difficulties of managing ADHD symptoms and the added challenges of substance use. That’s why we offer various ADHD and addiction counseling options, including cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management. Contact Michael’s House at 760.548.4032 for more information about our dual diagnosis treatment program. With our support, you can work towards achieving a balanced and fulfilling life in recovery.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurological disorder with symptoms such as difficulty paying attention, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity. People with ADHD struggle with issues of concentration and focus. That can manifest as a whole host of symptoms, including:
- Difficulty paying attention or staying focused
- Easily distracted
- Impulsivity or acting without thinking
- Restlessness or fidgeting
- Trouble completing tasks
- Inability to follow directions
An adult with ADHD may seem like someone is not listening or paying attention to others. They most likely are constantly forgetting to do things or finish things. They might struggle with intimate relationships due to a lack of attentiveness and a penchant for interrupting.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says there are three ADHD subtypes. In one subtype, people are predominantly hyperactive or impulsive. In another, they’re predominantly inattentive. Third, there’s some combination of hyperactivity and inattentiveness at play.
Often, this condition begins in childhood and is commonly associated with very young children who can’t seem to pay attention or behave in the classroom. While sometimes people with ADHD will grow out of it as they age, other times, the condition persists into adulthood. The National Alliance on Mental Illness says about four percent of adults have ADHD.
The Effects ADHD Can Have on a Person
ADHD symptoms can have significant effects on daily functioning. People with ADHD often struggle with completing tasks at work, maintaining relationships, and managing their finances. They may also be more prone to accidents or injuries due to impulsivity and restlessness.
ADHD also comes with a severe risk of physical injury. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that 59% of children with ADHD landed in the hospital with significant injuries, compared to only 49% of those without ADHD. Impulsivity makes people do things that just aren’t wise. They might tackle home improvement projects without taking the proper precautions or choose to take on new hobbies or new sports without investing in the appropriate safety equipment. In time, all of these choices could lead to severe injuries.
Some people turn to substances to manage the symptoms of ADHD. For example, stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine can improve focus in the short term. However, these substances can easily lead to addiction and further complicate ADHD symptoms in the long run.
Why Choose ADHD and Addiction Treatment?
ADHD and addiction are often closely linked. This is because people with ADHD are more likely to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol in an attempt to cope with their symptoms. ADHD can make it difficult to focus, stay organized, and control impulsive behavior. Many people with ADHD symptoms find themselves turning to substance use as a form of coping mechanism.
However, this only leads to a further worsening of ADHD symptoms and creates a cycle of addiction. Counseling and therapy are essential for treating ADHD and addiction. ADHD and addiction therapy can offer patients support by:
- Identifying triggers for substance use
- Developing healthy coping skills
- Working on areas of impairment, such as difficulties with organization and impulsivity
- Strengthening relationships and improving communication
- Managing ADHD symptoms
- Developing positive coping skills
- Overcoming addiction
- Maintaining long-term recovery
Our ADHD and addiction treatment center in Palm Springs, CA, offers comprehensive treatment for both ADHD and addiction. Together, ADHD and addiction counseling can provide people with the tools they need to manage their symptoms and achieve long-term recovery.
Find an ADHD and Addiction Treatment Program at Michael's House
At Michael’s House, we offer our patients ADHD and addiction treatment at our beautiful Palm Springs, California location. Our ADHD and addiction treatment program services can include individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and holistic options such as yoga and art therapy. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate ADHD symptoms and addiction, and with our treatment programs, we can help you work towards a healthier and happier future. Contact us today at 760.548.4032 for more information about our ADHD and addiction treatment programs.