Bill D. was 39 years old when he conceded that alcohol was making his life unmanageable. That was a hard admission but since then, life has been better; not always easy, but better. He sought help through twelve-step groups and an addiction-specialist counselor. The counselor first brought up the subject of ADHD. Since then, he has been on a journey of sobriety and of understanding how his attention deficit has affected his life. He has found that there are aspects of ADHD and addictions that overlap quite a bit, both in the ways they influenced him when he was ignorant of them, and in the process of acceptance. It's amazing what a difference it makes to know about ADHD and to face it sober. Bill is a husband and father of two. He is a lawyer, a writer, and a guitar player.
Saying No to Shame
Recovery has helped me accept my shortcomings and face them without shame. I won't let... Shutting down the stigma »
Understanding My Head: My Alcoholism and My ADHD
I was nine months into sobriety and learning how to handle life without alcohol when... Addiction and ADHD »
Are You There, God? It's Me, Bill.
Meditation and prayer are a challenge for my ADHD brain. How do you find the... Candles and prayers »
Not Your Fault, Kiddo
Coming to terms with my own ADHD has felt like a revelation. Passing on what... Compassion and connection »
Time for Treatment
With two years of sobriety under my belt, I'm looking at treatment options for my... Focusing on the next step »
We Are Everywhere
Sharing his diagnosis of attention deficit shows one man an empowering truth: "I am not... Not the only one »
Asking the Write Questions
Writing has been a great creative outlet for me, but since starting ADD medication, I... What are my priorities? »
Finding the Limits: My Meds' and My Own
I'm not so worried about developing an abusive reliance on medication — as long as... No magic bullet »
I Resolve Not to Resolve
New Year’s resolutions, I've always said, are nothing more than a set-up for failure. Now,... A happier new year »
How To-Do Lists Are Saving My Life. Really.
No wonder the 12-step recovery program is so helpful for me. It's a list that... To do: Stay sane »
What's the ADDifference?
As a teen, I used alcohol and drugs to minimize the idiosyncrasies of my ADHD... Why ~normal~ is overrated »
C'Mon Feel the Noise: ADHD & Productive Static
A healthy dose of noise and drama actually quiets my ADHD mind, allowing it to... My good buzz »