A diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) can be the missing piece of the puzzle for some people in active addiction. All of the sudden, their behaviors and coping mechanisms seem to make sense.

  • They may have had trouble fitting in with their peers, and began to drink or use drugs in order to feel accepted.
  • As a result of their ADHD, they lacked the ability to imagine the negative consequences of their drug or alcohol use.
  • They may have felt energized by risk-taking behavior, such as using illicit drugs.
  • Often, young people who suffer from ADHD are perceived as willfully misbehaving and acting out, and become characterized as “bad.” This can lead to self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, to ease the emotional pain that comes from being labeled and misunderstood.

At Elan Recovery + Wellness, we have treated adults and young adults who have a co-existing diagnosis of ADHD. We know ADHD has nothing to do with a person’s intelligence or their worth as an individual. We also know how to work on both perception and life skills, so a person can manage their ADHD within a sober, healthy lifestyle.

Understanding ADHD

The primary diagnostic manual, the DSM-V Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, recognizes several forms of ADHD. Symptoms of the primarily inattentive form include:

  • Failure to grasp details or makes careless mistakes.
  • Inability to pay attention.
  • May not seem to be aware when directly addressed.
  • Doesn’t follow instructions.
  • Often doesn’t finish work assignments or chores.
  • Has difficulty with organization.
  • Doesn’t enjoy tasks that require prolonged concentration.
  • Often loses important possessions.
  • Is easily distracted.
  • Is especially forgetful.

Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms of the hyperactive/impulsive form of ADHD are:

  • Fidgeting and/or squirming.
  • Inability to stay seated.
  • General restlessness.
  • Inability to work quietly.
  • High energy.
  • Talks excessively.
  • May blurt out answers or comments.
  • Unable to wait.
  • Tends to interrupt or intrude.

To be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms must have begun in childhood, be notable in several settings (work, home, school), and must create difficulty or inability to function.

Treatment for Co-Existing Mental Illness

Elan Recovery + Wellness employs a medical director/staff psychiatrist and a full-time psychiatric nurse practitioner, who complete psychiatric and physical evaluations, prescribe medication, and do weekly monitoring and medication checks.

It’s essential to find the proper medical regimen to manage mental illness, and so our medical staff works closely with every guest for their own comfort, safety, and well-being. Through the use of our cutting-edge adaptive testing software, we are able to quickly assess each guest’s mental and emotional status, and make instant adjustments to treatment and medication, if necessary, for the best possible outcomes.

In addition, Elan Recovery + Wellness offers the following treatment protocols for our dual-diagnosis guests:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Skills groups
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT)
  • Shame resiliency and vulnerability training
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutrition education
  • Case management

We Treat Addiction and Mental Illness

Please, do not consider any treatment facility that is not capable of treating both addiction and mental illness. Contact us today to find out more about Elan’s compassionate, professional care.

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