Researchers have long debated whether the childhood condition attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases the odds of getting involved in substance use or developing substance use disorder. Part of this debate is centered on the impact of using stimulant medications to ease the symptoms of ADHD. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of Florida looked at the substance-using behaviors of adults with a history of ADHD. These researchers concluded that, among other things, people with such a history commonly initiate substance use at an earlier age than people who lack an ADHD history.
Stress is a normal feeling and, in many ways, can be healthy. Stress motivates you to work harder and to achieve goals. Too much stress, however, can have profoundly negative impacts on your physical, emotional and mental health. One of those impacts is an increase in your risk for developing an addiction. To improve your overall health, and to avoid the trap of substance abuse and addiction, learn more about how stress can lead you down a dangerous path.
Mental disorders often surface during adolescence. While the reasons are not entirely clear, experts suspect that rapid brain development may be the cause. Prevention and early intervention are keys to successful treatment. Therefore, identifying childhood risk factors can allow physicians to screen for mental health problems before they become difficult to treat.
Like the rest of the adult U.S. population, people who have served in the military sometimes develop serious problems with drugs and/or alcohol. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a group of American researchers investigated the factors that can potentially predict whether a veteran who starts experiencing substance problems will continue to experience those problems over time. These researchers concluded that several things make ongoing substance problems among military veterans more likely, including the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading