Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that impacts a person’s ability to concentrate, sit still, and handle tedious tasks or boredom. Although ADHD is often diagnosed in children, about one-third to one-half of ADHD patients will experience symptoms as they grow older.1 ADHD often goes undiagnosed in adults, especially those who have another mental health condition.2
If you are an adult with ADHD, you may be more likely to experience substance abuse. ADHD patients often turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the symptoms they experience or become addicted to stimulants they receive to treat their condition. Co-occurring ADHD and substance abuse can create a cycle of addiction that can be difficult to break without professional treatment.