Journal article

Comorbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and substance use disorder complexity and chronicity in treatment-seeking adults

Jesse Tyler Young, Susan Carruthers, Sharlene Kaye, Steve Allsop, Joanne Gilsenan, Louisa Degenhardt, Geurt van de Glind, Wim van den Brink, David Preen

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a known risk factor for substance use disorder (SUD); however, the potential additive contribution of comorbid ADHD to drug-specific dependence in SUD populations is largely unknown. The current study aimed to assess this association between ADHD symptoms and drug-specific SUD complexity and chronicity. DESIGN AND METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was administered to a convenience sample of 489 adults receiving SUD treatment at 16 Australian drug and alcohol treatment centres between September 2010 and August 2011. Participants were screened for adult ADHD symptoms using the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale. Associations b..

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