Welcome to the topic, “ADHD and Self –Medications”.
ADHD can go in adults from third to half of the time. Several studies have proved that children with ADHD are more expected than the general public to get alcohol and substance abuse problems when they go into adulthood.
Several studies have revealed a strong connection between alcoholism, drug abuse, and ADHD. Adult alcoholics are seen with ADHD 5 to ten times more than it is in individuals without the disorder. The ADHD rate among the people getting treatment for alcohol and substance abuse is found to be 25%.
What if I Self-Medicate for ADHD?
In self-medications, you turn toward some prescription drugs or illegal drugs, alcohol, exercise, and caffeine.
Just like ADHD meds, alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs also can boost dopamine levels in the body. This is the reason these substances are often used by people having ADHD.
Many people turn to alcohol due to several reasons:
- To cope with the distress that comes due to the illness.
- To assist them with social and routine problems
Most of the users don’t realize that the use of alcohol can make the situation severe.
Heavy drinking has a strong impulsive behavior which is also associated with ADHD.
If you are taking 7 drinks a week as a woman or 14 drinks a week as a man then you are self-medicating.
Many people think that marijuana can help in coping with the symptoms of ADHD. But there is no proof in scientific research about this. Cannabis – which is becoming legal in more states for recreational and medical use– can exacerbate your attention, organization, focus, and impulse control. Stay away from heroin, cocaine, and other illegal drugs.
Most of the research has shown that caffeine can improve your concentration but it doesn’t work accordingly when taken as ADHD medication. And larger doses of caffeine can make your memory worse. If a healthy person takes cups of Joe to boost his mind, it may be fine. But if you can’t go back, take more than average, and can’t cut off talk to your healthcare professional. Teens and children should not take caffeine in any form as it affects their growth and sleep as well.
Some people think that smoking can make them calm, but studies have shown that it can make you more hyper and backfire you and your ADHD signs and symptoms difficult to manage.
Smoking can also:
- Increase your anxiety
- Make it difficult to pay attention when needed
- Just after 12 hours of the last smoking, your brain functions lower
- Raise risks of relapse when you try to quit
- Narrow down your brain’s frontal cortex, which helps you with motivation, attention, memory, and learning
If you have a troubled smoking habit, see your healthcare professional.
Any drug abuse or misuse can be harmful even deadly. It can lead to heart attack, seizures, or strokes. Take medicines at the prescribed dose and only for their proposed use.
If you are suffering from ADHD and trying self-medications, see your doctor. Because the dose of every drug is different for every person and you may also need to change the drug.