An Overview of ADHD

ADD/ADHD and substance abuse are common co-occurring disorders among adults in substance abuse treatment. 15% of adults with ADD or ADHD have exemplified problems with substance abuse (source).

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Though it is commonly believed that ADHD is only present in children, symptoms from the disorder often remain present in early and mid-adulthood. 

 Three Manifestations of ADHD

  1. The individual is primarily inattentive. Recurrent inability to maintain focus on tasks or activities and inattention are prevalent. The person may tend to “zone out” or fail to “stay on task”.
  2. The individual is primarily hyperactive or impulsive. Impulsive actions or behaviors as well as inappropriate movement such as fidgeting, tapping, squirming or pacing and restlessness may be highly present.
  3. Combined. This manifestation is a combination of inattentive and hyperactive-impulsivity.

Six Common Function Problems with ADHD Adults

  1. Shifting from one mind set or strategy to another (being flexible)
  2. Organization
  3. Planning
  4. Working memory (receiving, storing and then retrieving information within a short term period)
  5. Separating emotions from reason
  6. Regulating speech and movements appropriately

Common ADHD Symptoms


  • Makes careless mistakes in work or other activities
  • Has trouble sustaining attention in tasks
  • Often does not listen or hear what is being said when spoken to directly
  • Often fails to follow through on projects or duties
  • Is disorganized
  • Often avoids or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort


  • Often is fidgety
  • Often leaves seat when remaining seated is expected, for example in school or in meetings
  • Often runs around, climbs on things
  • Often has difficulty engaging in quiet activities
  • Often talks excessively


  • Often blurts out answers when inappropriate
  • Often has difficulty waiting for a turn
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on other

Treatment of ADHD and addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach. Each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan going forward.

Our Treatment Programs

  • We offer detoxification, as needed, for all of our clients at our Rio Home. With round-the-clock management, our detox home is safe and comfortable. 
  • With individualized treatment programs for each of our clients, our primary treatment program is extremely effective. 
  • Our intensive outpatient program is for local residents or clients who would like to continue their treatment program while living at a sober living facility. 
  • With a newly implemented alumni extended aftercare program, our clients are a part of a wonderful sober community.

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