ADD & ADHD in Conjunction With Addiction

Disorders like ADD & ADHD often co-occur with substance abuse; among adults in treatment for substance abuse or behavioral addiction, the rates of ADHD is about 25%. Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and finding healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Individuals, who suffer from ADHD sometimes do not experience hyperactivity and then the condition is simply called ADD. Many people think that ADHD is just a children’s disorder but, in fact, though the signs and symptoms are often more prevalent in childhood, ADHD usually persists into adulthood.

There are three basic manifestations of the disorder:

  1. The individual is primarily inattentive. Recurrent inability to maintain focus on tasks or activities and inattention are prevalent. The person may tend to “zone out” or fail to “stay on task”.
  2. The individual is primarily hyperactive or impulsive. Impulsive actions or behaviors as well as inappropriate movement such as fidgeting, tapping, squirming or pacing and restlessness may be highly present.
  3. Combined. This manifestation is a combination of inattentive and hyperactive-impulsivity.

Studies show that the combined type of ADHD is the most common, though the predominantly inattentive type is being recognized more and more by health professionals, especially among females and adults. The predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type without attention deficit is rare.

There are six major markers of executive function that are most commonly distorted when ADHD is present:

  1. Shifting from one mind set or strategy to another (being flexible)
  2. Organization
  3. Planning
  4. Working memory (receiving, storing and then retrieving information within a short term period)
  5. Separating emotions from reason
  6. Regulating speech and movements appropriately

What are common symptoms of ADHD?


  • Makes careless mistakes in work or other activities
  • Has trouble sustaining attention in tasks
  • Often does not listen or hear what is being said when spoken to directly
  • Often fails to follow through on projects or duties
  • Is disorganized
  • Often avoids or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort


  • Often is fidgety
  • Often leaves seat when remaining seated is expected, for example in school or in meetings
  • Often runs around, climbs on things
  • Often has difficulty engaging in quiet activities
  • Often talks excessively


  • Often blurts out answers when inappropriate
  • Often has difficulty waiting for a turn
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on other

Treatment of ADHD in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions