Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Substance Abuse (COD Lesson)

An attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition affecting a person’s ability to concentrate and stay on task. People with ADHD may have trouble staying focused, difficulty controlling behavior, and can be fidgety, restless, and overactive. Being easily distracted can be problematic in the classroom, on the job, and in relationships. It can cause numerous driving difficulties, including speeding, accidents, and even the loss of a driver’s license. For those with substance use disorders and ADHD, these issues and their consequences are even more complex. Several studies have shown a strong connection between ADHD, drug abuse, and alcoholism. ADHD is five to 10 times more likely to occur in adults who are chemically dependent than in people without substance abuse problems. This lesson includes an ADHD self-assessment covering inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Discover ten ways to successfully combat ADHD, increase your focus, and accomplish your dreams.

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