Addiction is one of the curses of ADHD. For most of us who are ADDers, things were never quit right from infancy. We didn't know that as infants, of course. But we gradually learned that we didn't feel comfortable inside. We seek a prop to maintain our self feeling. Often we become an addict.
Being different, we each experienced this differently.
Growing up, this inner discomfort was added to by parents and teachers who criticised and put us down. We sometimes found schoolwork difficult and didn't relate well to others. Many ADDers have a poor performance in school and tend to associate with other poor performers, which are a group more likely to experiment with drugs. Then, there is peer group pressure, and we all want to belong, and maybe show our independence and revolt against our parents or school rules.
So along came something with a sedative effect. It might have been one or a combination of tobacco, marijuana, alcohol or drugs - even food. Or perhaps it was a behaviour that was high risk or a bit outrageous. For some people it was a control pattern which is classified as a separate disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(go to OCD).
The component of the drug that is addictive, such as nicotine, goes to the brain and marks off a track of cells that stimulates the addiction.
Some drugs calm you down, others create a high. One way or the other, you are no longer dealing with reality. You have surrendered control of your life to a substance. Some people are very much aware that the drug or activity controld them; some regard it as an ittitating habit they can't over. Others are so hooked on a drug that they have ceased to have any rational control of it in any case.
The real you, the inner self was not very strong to start with. It now feels OK in a way because even if you hate the drug, you have feelings that you can function with.
To overcome this, you need to both abandon the behaviourand regain a strong sense of self.
There are components you should be aware of.
Addiction may be chemical, and also movement, e.g., the movement of your hands as you start smoking and smoke; of feeling, e.g., smoking calms you. And for some people it involves the time and place of the activity.
Addictions have varying degrees of intensity, and we have different degrees of inner strength. So some people overcome it by themselves by decision and effort. For others, help is needed I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Neurolinguistic Therapist, and I spend my life working with people who need this kind of help.
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© David Townsend 2014