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Connecting With Others That Understand ADHD & Addiction

In a recent video interview, I had the pleasure of discussing my experiences with ADHD and addiction recovery and the importance of connecting with others who share similar struggles. The conversation led to some valuable insights and takeaways, which I’m excited to share with you.

Key Takeaways

  1. Finding like-minded people is important: Connecting with others who have experienced both ADHD and addiction is crucial in creating healthier coping strategies, managing ADHD symptoms, and staying sober.
  2. Addressing misconceptions about ADHD and addiction: Many people, including those with ADHD themselves, have misconceptions about the link between ADHD and addiction. Open conversations can help debunk these myths and promote understanding.
  3. Mindfulness practices tailored for ADHD: Meditation and mindfulness may seem impossible for people with ADHD, but there are specific practices, such as meditative walking, that can be more suitable for them.
  4. Focusing on strengths rather than struggles: One effective way to combat the stigma surrounding ADHD is to focus on the strengths and unique abilities of people with ADHD, rather than their difficulties.
  5. Releasing shame through connection: Connecting with others who have ADHD and addiction can help release the shame associated with both conditions, leading to better recovery outcomes.

My Advice as an Addiction Recovery Expert

  1. Seek out and join support groups or coaching programs that specifically cater to people with ADHD and addiction.
  2. Use social media platforms, like TikTok, to find communities and resources for ADHD and addiction recovery.
  3. Practice self-compassion and focus on your strengths rather than dwelling on your struggles.
  4. Don’t be afraid to open up about your experiences with ADHD and addiction; doing so can help break down stigma and promote understanding.
  5. Experiment with different mindfulness practices to find one that suits your needs and preferences.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I find others who have ADHD and are in addiction recovery?

A: You can join support groups, coaching programs, or online communities that specifically cater to people with ADHD and addiction. Social media platforms like TikTok can also be a great resource for finding like-minded individuals.

Q: How does ADHD affect addiction recovery?

A: People with ADHD may have a harder time in early recovery due to the lower levels of dopamine in their brains and their natural tendency to seek thrills and adrenaline. It’s essential for them to find healthier coping strategies and connect with others who share similar experiences.

Q: Can people with ADHD practice mindfulness and meditation?

A: Yes, people with ADHD can practice mindfulness and meditation, but they may need to explore different techniques, such as meditative walking, that are better suited to their needs.

Q: How can focusing on strengths help people with ADHD in their recovery journey?

A: Focusing on strengths can help build confidence, self-compassion, and a more positive self-image, all of which are crucial for a successful recovery journey.

Q: How does connecting with others who have ADHD and addiction help release shame?

A: Sharing experiences and struggles with others who understand what you’re going through can help release the shame associated with ADHD and addiction, leading to better recovery outcomes.

Jenifer, an Alcohol Freedom Life Coach, supports individuals with ADHD (formally or self-diagnosed) who have been using alcohol to manage their symptoms by sharing her own experience and the consequences of self-medicating. She realized that she had spent over 20 years using alcohol to cope with her ADHD symptoms and learned that individuals with ADHD are five to ten times more likely to develop alcohol use disorder. Through her 1-on-1 and group coaching programs, she works with individuals to change their beliefs around alcohol without labels or judgment, without willpower and without feeling deprived. Her mission is to pass on the tools she has learned to manage her ADHD without the use of substances or other unhealthy coping mechanisms.

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