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Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

I read this somewhere (sorry no source), that people with add/adhd are more prone to drug use or addiction. I think it said because of the lack of serotonin in their brain or something like that. It would kind of make sense though since a lot of the time a kid is hyper or does bad in school and it's automatically assumed they have add and there prescribed all these pills at an early age.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

But yeah i was just wondering if anyone else has heard the same thing or has any more info on it.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

Here's a fairly good article that addresses ADHD and addiction.

http://www.adders.org/info74.htm
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

They say it is but I have never used drugs or feel I needed too.Half of me was too chicken crap to and the other half I couldnt being on meds for tourettes.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

It can be common to self medicate. I never did by alcohol or street drugs, but I sure have with caffiene!
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

Could be a correlation, causation fallacy. It's also possible that drug users are more prone to attention deficits.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

I dabbled in drugs as a teen (weed, adderall (haha before diagnosed), and I tried exctasy and opium once). I stopped when I was 18 cold turkey and never looked back.

I do agree that I have an addictive personality but I am not nor never have been addicted to drugs, I just did them to fit in (and I used adderall to self medicate).

I even quit smoking cigarettes after 6 years cold turkey and have been smoke free for over 3 years now!

I agree with ADDisme2010, I believe some may use drugs to self medicate. I know I read somewhere it is usually cocaine because of the upper effect it has.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

i think its true. whatever chemical imbalances may cause it are good evidence, but think of it if your born with a disability it doesnt ensure addiction but it does leave you prone to self medicating to cope with feelings about the disability, being prescribed meds/drugs cause ones condition may call for it, and iv always had a theory that since we add/adhds have a different chemical balance the drug(s) can effect some of our personalitys alot different than a normal person.
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Wait, what? ADHD is a lifelong condition, so it would necessarily always come before the drug use.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

I started using drugs recreationaly when I was 19, never became a problem. During my mid twenties 2moro thing s happened while under the influence of ecstasy, first a free fall into depression and second the realization that I was not normal. For the first time I realized what differentiated me from people and caused me to be the outsider. Memory, processing speed and being present. For the first time time seemed to be continuous and I had access to memories that I never new existed, imagine that! I saw what I would be and feel like if I were normal. I first doubted myself, how did I know it was just not an altered state of mind?, but through subsequent research and conversations I have been able to confirm the my rationalizations. I feel that deep inside each individual perceives their differences from the ir peer
And in a misguided effort to reach the norm or deal with their mal adjustments, they have a higher chance of taking illegal drugs.
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Wait, what? ADHD is a lifelong condition, so it would necessarily always come before the drug use.
So you're saying that drug abuse can't cause neuropathology manifesting as an attention deficit?

If you can't answer that directly I'm going House MD on your ***.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

To the best of my knowledge drug use can not manifest the full range of symptoms associated with AD/HD. Of course, many kinds of recreational drugs can give you symptoms of hyperactivity or distractability. Some can even damage your brain in the process.

Having said that please also visit the thread conditions that mimic AD/HD which should give you an indication of how hard it sometimes is to get a clear dx.

Often, drug use associated with AD/HD is a subconscious but failed attempt at self medication. In the end you will always end up worse.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

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So you're saying that drug abuse can't cause neuropathology manifesting as an attention deficit?

If you can't answer that directly I'm going House MD on your ***.
a) I saw medical inaccuracies on House today. I was annoyed for no good reason (it's just a show, relax!) but it coincided with the way a friend attempted suicide

b) I never said that. I said that ADHD is a lifelong condition. Drugs might be able to cause problems? But drugs do not give people ADHD. If your mother smokes or drinks alcohol while you're in the womb, that can cause ADHD, or amplify inherited ADHD (oh, hi, that's so me right there).

Also, what Sarek said.
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Re: Are people with add/adhd more prone to drug use?

I think it's more likely that some people with ADHD tend to use illegal substances when they aren't getting their ADHD treated with proper prescribed medication.

I used to dabble in marijuana way back in high school when I wasn't getting any treatment for ADHD and was very impulsive/curious....nothing came good out of it.

If I could delete my past usage of it I would. Don't use illegal drugs, it's not worth it.
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