Treatment for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of individuals worldwide. It is characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which can significantly impact a person’s daily life. Unfortunately, due to shared risk factors and increased vulnerability, many people with ADHD struggle with drug or alcohol addiction.

More than 6 million people in the U.S. have ADHD and between 13-21% of people with ADHD also have a substance use disorder.

At Moving Mountains Recovery, we believe that the key to long-term recovery is to treat and successfully manage the root cause of substance abuse. That’s why we offer comprehensive ADHD treatment at our New Jersey rehab center. Our licensed therapists are committed to helping those affected learn how to manage their ADHD and improve their overall well-being.

What is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a neurological condition that primarily affects children but can persist into adolescence and adulthood. It has three core symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

  • Inattention – People with ADHD often struggle to focus on tasks, follow through with instructions, and stay organized. They may frequently make careless mistakes, forget important details, and need help organizing their thoughts and activities.
  • Hyperactivity – Hyperactivity manifests as excessive restlessness and an inability to sit still. Children with ADHD may constantly fidget, tap their feet, or talk excessively. In adults, this restlessness can take the form of inner restlessness and an inability to relax.
  • Impulsivity – Impulsivity involves acting without thinking about the consequences. Individuals with ADHD may blurt out inappropriate comments, interrupt others, or engage in risky behaviors without considering the potential dangers.

These symptoms can significantly interfere with a person’s academic, occupational, and social functioning.

Diagnosing ADHD

ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, however, research shows that girls are less likely to be diagnosed than boys and that women with ADHD often receive diagnosis as adults because their symptoms present differently.

The symptoms of ADHD can vary in severity and presentation from one person to another. While some individuals predominantly exhibit symptoms of inattention, others may primarily display hyperactivity and impulsivity. The diagnosis of ADHD is typically based on a comprehensive assessment that considers the following criteria:

  • Duration of symptoms – Symptoms must have persisted for at least six months.
  • Onset of symptoms – Symptoms must have been present before the age of 12.
  • Level of impairment – The symptoms must cause significant impairment in more than one area of life, such as school, work, or relationships.
  • Exclusion of other health issues – Other potential causes of these symptoms must be ruled out before an ADHD diagnosis is received.

It’s important to note that ADHD is not solely a childhood disorder. Many individuals continue to experience symptoms into adulthood, although the presentation of symptoms and ways they affect daily life may evolve over time.

If you or someone you love struggles with ADHD, our New Jersey treatment program can help you manage your condition and get your life back on track.

The Relationship Between ADHD and Addiction

Research has shown that individuals with ADHD are at a higher risk of developing substance use disorders compared to those without the condition. Several factors contribute to this close relationship, including:

  • Impulsivity – The impulsivity seen in ADHD can lead individuals to make impulsive decisions, including experimenting with drugs or alcohol without fully considering the consequences of substance abuse.
  • Self-medication – Some individuals with ADHD may turn to substances as a way to self-medicate their symptoms. They may find that drugs or alcohol temporarily alleviate their restlessness or help them focus better.
  • Social difficulties – ADHD-related social challenges can lead to feelings of isolation and depression, which may drive some individuals toward substance use as a coping mechanism.
  • Dopamine and pleasurable effects – There is evidence to suggest that the reward pathways in the brains of individuals with ADHD may be different than those in the brains of people without ADHD, making individuals with ADHD more susceptible to the pleasurable effects of substances.

It’s important to recognize the increased risk of addiction in individuals with ADHD and provide appropriate support and treatment. In order for treatment to be successful, both conditions must be treated at the same time.

How is ADHD Treated?

The treatment of ADHD typically involves a multimodal approach that may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication. The choice of treatment depends on the individual’s age, the severity of symptoms, and their specific needs.

  • Behavioral therapy – Behavioral therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or psychoeducation, can be highly effective in helping individuals with ADHD develop coping strategies and improve their organizational skills. These therapies can also address co-existing conditions like anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
  • Medication – Medication is a common and effective treatment for ADHD. The two primary classes of medications used are stimulants (e.g., methylphenidate and amphetamines) and non-stimulants (e.g., atomoxetine and guanfacine). Stimulants are often the first-line treatment, as they can help increase attention and focus. However, non-stimulants may be preferred in cases of intolerance or concern about potential abuse, such as in people with substance use disorders.
  • Lifestyle and environmental changes – Creating an ADHD-friendly environment can significantly impact an individual’s daily functioning. This may involve implementing routines, setting reminders, minimizing distractions, and creating a structured workspace. It is also helpful to follow a regular sleep schedule, get plenty of exercise, and eat a healthy diet.

Our Approach to ADHD Treatment in New Jersey

At Moving Mountains Recovery, our approach to addressing Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is comprehensive and client-centered. Our ADHD treatment program in New Jersey encompasses a range of therapeutic modalities, including individual counseling, group therapy, family involvement, adventure-based therapy, and access to medical and psychiatric care as required.

We understand that ADHD is a highly individualized condition, and as such, we customize each treatment plan to align with the unique needs of every individual. By addressing the holistic well-being of our clients and not solely focusing on the symptoms of ADHD, we empower them to effectively manage their ADHD challenges and work towards a brighter, more productive future.

Find Treatment for ADHD and Addiction in New Jersey

If you or a loved one are struggling with ADHD and addiction, know that help is just a short phone call away. To learn more about our New Jersey ADHD treatment programs or to get started with a risk-free assessment, please contact us today.


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