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Substance abuse is common in those with ADHD, often resulting from self-medicating:
If he needs the substances to get through the day, it’s probably time to start considering addiction and how to address it.
A diagnosis could come as a relief to him too:
Of course, until he wants to change, nothing you do will instigate change.
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