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Free Webinar Replay: ADHD and Substance Use Disorders: How to Recognize and Manage Addiction in Adults and Adolescents

In this hour long webinar on-demand, learn about the link between ADHD and substance use disorders with Timothy Wilens, M.D.

Many experts believe that ADHD is a risk factor for substance abuse disorder (SUD). An estimated 15 and 25 percent of adults with a lifetime history of SUD also have ADHD. So how is SUD linked to ADHD? The short answer is we aren’t sure.

The longer answer is that a variety of factors play a role in the connection — everything from genetics to the dopamine receptors in the ADHD brain. One thing we do know is that ADHD is also associated with a higher risk of smoking at an earlier age and that smokers with ADHD are less likely to break the habit. Understanding the high correlation between ADHD and SUDs, as well as the catastrophic effects SUDs have on an individual and family, are key in helping doctors prevent addiction in individuals with attention deficit.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How dopamine in the ADHD brain may play a role in SUDs
  • The role of stimulants in impacting a patient’s chances of developing an SUD
  • Best treatments for adults managing SUD
  • Best treatments for adolescents who diagnosed with SUD
  • What actions doctors can take to reduce adolescents’ chances of developing SUD

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD

This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on January 15, 2019.


Meet the Expert Speaker:

Dr. Timothy Wilens is Chief of Child Psychiatry at Mass General and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, he is Director of Substance Abuse Services in the Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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  1. What about addictions to electronics? My 12 year old is addicted to his chromebook/3DS/computer. He has a chromebook for school but does not have free access to any other electronics. It is a huge fight every night to get his chromebook from him. He cannot disconnect from it. How do I help him when electronics run our lives now and he cannot just avoid their use? Thank you.

    1. Why don’t you try reading ‘Calmer Easier Happier Screen Time: For parents of toddlers to teens: A guide to getting back in charge of technology’ by Noel Janis-Norton. This woman owns the wisdom of the ages when it comes to general issues of child-wrangling. Her work contains multitudes and I use all of her techniques with the general run of boisterous children and also with those children with ADHD, with good results. (I’m not affiliated). Available from an Amazon near you 🙂

  2. My son, now 19 years old, has been in recovery for six months. He is no longer able to take Ritalin/Concerta given the prior abuse of these and other substances. He is trying out Strattera. Can you talk about what the options are (prescription as well as supplements) for the person in recovery; and do the non-stimulant drugs really work or how do you know if they are working?

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