The Best Treatment for ADHD with Addictions


"How well does Wellbutrin treat those with drug addiction and ADD?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

You ask a very complicated question. Wellbutrin is used to treat depression. In a small percent of patients, it can decrease hyperactivity and distractibility.

Drug abuse, however, usually has multiple underlying factors. The real question is what are the psychological reasons that this particular person "self-medicates" by abusing drugs?

The treatment — which could be any combination of individual/family counseling; detoxification programs; educational, physical and medicinal therapies — should be based on those reasons.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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