It's important to remember that not everyone with ADHD will develop an alcohol or substance abuse problem. In adults who do develop a problem, doctors suggest treatment with nonstimulant medications, such as the antidepressants, such as Norpramin and Wellbutrin.
Whether Ritalin and other stimulants are effective treatments for ADHD patients with substance abuse problems is less clear. These drugs may be useful when prescribed in a long-acting form and in a controlled way so that patients don't become too dependent on or misuse them. Therapy, including a 12-step program, can also be an important part of the substance abuse program for people with ADHD.
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