There are no scientific tests to diagnose ADHD. However, each type of ADHD has certain characteristics that help with diagnosis. Children must have at least six of the symptoms for one type to fit the diagnosis, while those over seventeen need to have at least five symptoms.
Impulse control and behavioral issues can also lead to substance use disorder. Individuals with ADHD have a more challenging time controlling their impulses which, in turn, lead them to take and abuse substances they might not otherwise want to.
Aftercare While detox and treatment are important steps in recovery, they are not the end in themselves. Staying sober is an ongoing process. For those who meet the criteria of ADHD, maintaining their treatment is critical. Proper use of medication reduces symptoms of ADHD. Come up with a well-established plan to deal with any temptation you could run into in the future and develop healthy coping skills to handle triggers. Maintain connections with loved ones and consider joining a support group. By investing in aftercare and managing ADHD symptoms, sobriety can be a lifelong journey.