Manage episode 285429906 series 2619399
Todd Love is a therapist and counselor, who was previously a DUI Defense Attorney and in the IT sector. He specializes in ADHD, addiction recovery, and more. As someone who has ADHD himself, Todd understands that it can be a particularly lethal combo to have ADHD and an addiction. Find out more about some of the symptoms of ADHD and how it ties into addiction in this week’s episode.
[1:35] How did Todd get his start as a counselor?
[4:15] A little bit of insight into ADHD and how it’s diagnosed.
[7:45] What is the relationship between ADHD and addiction?
[10:15] Todd shares some stats about children with ADHD and its connection to addiction later in adult life.
[11:35] Cannabis users combined with ADHD struggle with motivation and keeping their life on track.
[16:00] Are people self-medicating to try to bring their lives back into focus?
[19:40] Is Adderall a good ‘study’ drug? The research says no.
[20:35] How can someone determine whether they have ADHD?
[22:50] Are there ADHD medications out there that are helpful?
[23:20] Enough sleep is key to helping build regularity in your routines, and to your ADHD.
[26:30] What are the effects of some of these drugs on children?
- “What is addiction? Impulsivity, inability to delay gratification, novelty-seeking, and you can overlay that completely with ADHD.”
- “The research has shown that 15-25% of adults and 50-60% with substance use disorder have ADHD. I think that’s an outdated statistic. I’m hearing 50% of adults in treatment programs are there with undiagnosed ADHD.”
- “ADHD stimulant medications are the safest medicine in psychiatry, and in some ways, overall.”
- “ADHD is particularly responsive to interruptions in sleep.”