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Attention Problems and Addiction

Attention Problems and AddictionAttention disorders can be highly intrusive in a person’s life. Many of those who battle with attention disorders are young children who show strong signs of Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in both their home life and at school. A large majority of adults also find themselves being diagnosed with either disorder in their older years, as the commonality of it was not fully recognized until the late 1980’s.

ADD and ADHD are usually treated head-on, hoping to provide the most promising future for those who are diagnosed with the disorder. The treatment for a child or adult with one of these disorders can be time consuming, but worth it in the end.

  • Behavioral and Cognitive Modifications: One of the main problems for a person with ADD or ADHD is noticeable through their behaviors and cognitions. These modifications will help control impulsivity in both actions and verbiage, allowing him or her to learn how to control their impulses to act out.
  • Therapy: Therapy, both individual and group, can truly help a child or adult learn how to work through the struggles that come packaged along with their attention disorder. By working with a specialist, he or she can learn how to communicate positively with others, develop structure in their lives, and learn to abide by certain rules and regulations with the explanation of why they should do so.

The most common treatment for ADD or ADHD is medication. Adderall and Ritalin are the most prescribed drugs for this disorder, and it is stressed that the patient not only take the medication, but also participate in the therapeutic aspects of treatment as well. When the patients are the children, this is most successful, as the parents are monitoring his or her medications and other forms of treatment. When the patients are adults, the game is changed and the continual follow-through of a parent is not prevalent. Addiction to these medications can occur rapidly, and for many reasons.

  • Keep continual focus: Many people may find themselves prescribed a stimulant for the treatment of their addiction disorder. The body quickly adapts to the reactions the drug has, and allows for it to go into full effect. The user may feel that the drug is not working, as their focus may still wane from time to time. That is why additional treatment is stressed, so the user can also learn coping mechanisms for their loss of focus even when on the medication. If this treatment is not consistent, the user may find themselves using more of the drug to keep that focus rather than rely on other skill sets to encourage stronger focus.
  • To keep up with others: Another reason for addiction to attention medication is fueled by the need to keep up with others, both mentally and physically. Working through an attention disorder can be tremendously difficult, as well as exhausting. The mind and body are working overtime to keep the user on track throughout the day, and by the evening, he or she may feel tired as the stimulant wears off. A user may choose to take more of his or her medication to keep going in order to fall in line with other peers.

Addiction to attention medications is a serious problem, as the misuse of the drug can cause major health problems such as cardiac or respiratory issues. Not using the drug in the way it is intended and with the joint care of therapy can pose for a dangerous cycle of continual attention problems saddled with addiction.

Do you or someone you know have an addiction to attention medications?

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