The ADHD Label Leads to Drug Abuse, Study Finds

Drug abuse danger comes with the ADHD label according to a recent PsychCentral article, ADHD Increases Risk of Substance Abuse

Nearly one-third of young adults diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) go on to develop some form of substance abuse problem, according to a new study slated for the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

We live in a drug culture where when a drug is prescribed it’s called “medication”, and when a drug is unprescribed it’s called an abusable substance. Think again. A drug doesn’t cease being a drug just because somebody calls it by another name.

Seeing that speed (e.g. Dexedrine, Ritalin, Adderal, etc.) is your typical “treatment” for ADHD, I don’t see why anybody would be surprised that such drug abuse might lead to further drug abuse.

The researchers had ruled out “coexisting disorders” and a family history of drug abuse as contributing factors to this drug abuse.

“Overall, study participants diagnosed with ADHD had a 1-1/2 times greater risk of developing substance abuse than did control participants.”

Yes, drug abuse increases the risk of drug abuse. I think we can safely say that that is probably what is going on here.

Researchers wondered if factors such as impulsive behavior, cognitive problems, school problems, accompanying conditions such as bipolar disorder or conduct disorder, or family factors were actually responsible for the risk.

If you are taking speed because of some mental condition you are thought to have, you are already abusing a drug. What these dimwits need to look at is how the act of labeling, and the prescription drug abuse that goes along with it, produce their own “downward spirals”.

Among the ADHD participants, 32 percent developed some type of substance abuse, including cigarette smoking, during the follow-up period, while only 25 percent of control participants had substance abuse problems.

The “conduct disorder” label, in combination with the ADHD label, tripled the likelihood a person would abuse drugs. Drugs and “conduct disorder” in the juvenile delinquent personality go together. I hardly find this a matter for registering surprise.

At no point in this article is the insight developed that when the doctors prescribe speed for their clients labeled with ADHD they could be starting them on a path that leads to further drug abuse. What does it take for these so called researchers to rub the theoretical blindness that governs that research out of their eyes! I’m just amazed to see the extent to which they must be sleeping on the job. Maybe these researchers could use a good dose of a “performance enhancer” (i.e. speed) themselves in order to make the connection that seems to be eluding them.

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2 Responses

  1. Great post.

    Psychiatric drugs are not much different than the illegal, street variety..

    Gary Kohls, M.D. –

    http://www.ihealthtube.com/aspx/viewvideo.aspx?v=e1f49d74a6c7d5d6

    Be well,

    Duane Sherry, M.S.
    discoverandrecover.wordpress.com

    • Queensland just launched a review of the use of ADHD medication because a man’s son was killed in a fatal traffic collision with another driver who was prescribed dexamphedamine for adult ADHD.

      Grieving dad wins drug law probe

      Yay, Queensland! We could certainly use this sort of a review in the states, too.

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