Kids with ADHD More Likely to Develop Dangerous Addictions
A new study reveals that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to develop dangerous addictions to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes, compared to normal kids. This finding was reported recently in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
In the study, 268 kids with ADHD were monitored. Over a decade, about 33% of the kids developed attraction and addiction to harmful substances. Among normal children, only 25% developed similar addiction to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.
The researchers opine that kids with ADHD need counseling about this risk of substance abuse, especially if they show signs of delinquency. They say that more research is required as to why ADHD kids get attracted to substance abuse and how to wean away addicted kids.