We with ADD or ADHD are more prone to addictions: alcohol, pot, stimulating drugs because they make us more focused, sedating drugs because they calm us, gambling, exercise, the internet -email, facebook, freecell, porn, etc – because these help us escape unpleasant tasks and realities (as do the substances) – and much more.
In addiction the dopamine reward centers of the brain accommodate to the stimulus, so that more is required to achieve the result, and if the stimulus is stopped unpleasant withdrawal syndrome ensues- this can happen with the internet also! Hallmarks of addiction are loss of control of the behavior, craving, escalating doses, and withdrawal if stopped.
I have been addicted to caffeine, and to computer games – tried many strategies to control these, didn’t work, had to get rid of them altogether. New rule – will only look at the internet (email, facebook, book sales and reviews) three times daily, then hope to decrease it to twice. No games on my computer (have to be careful about freecell on my wife’s and chess on my iphone). My only current addiction is food, a continuing struggle.
strategies- get help. use strategies to cope with ADD. medications. self help groups. accupuncture. exercise. identify triggers for the abuse and make strategies to choose alternatives. make plan for relapses.
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Tip # 260 – better late than never!