With all of the rumors, legends, myths and misinformation that exist about attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be difficult to know what is fact and what is fiction. Is there a relationship between ADHD and substance abuse? If so, why does this correlation exist? Finally, what can be done to prevent abuse and treat the symptoms if they have already begun? ADHD has historically been a diagnosis shrouded with judgment and a devaluing of its existence. However, with current evidence, it seems clear that people with ADHD are more likely than the general population to have greater rates of substance abuse that begin at earlier ages. This training will discuss what ADHD is and the neurobiology and etiology that increases the likelihood of someone being diagnosed with ADHD. The training will explore the symptoms and strengths of ADHD and tie in how SUD is linked to this diagnosis. And finally, effective treatment options will be identified to help stop the trend of people with ADHD being at higher risk for substance abuse, including working to know the facts, the use of medication, and understanding the triggers.
• Discuss 5 myths associated with ADHD
• Identify 5 symptoms characteristic of ADHD
• Understand 4 risk factors associated with ADHD and substance use
• Understand the etiology of ADHD
• Identify 3 risk factors associated with ADHD and SUD
• Explore 5 ways to begin treating ADHD and Substance Use
Trish Caldwell MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP, Family Services Director for Recovery Centers of America an adjunct professor at Jefferson University and a trauma trainer for Lakeside Global Institute. Trish is a licensed clinician, marriage and family therapist and is certified in both co-occurring disorders and substance use. Trish has been a therapist for over 25 years and has worked extensively with families, young adults and adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in various settings including outpatient, residential, schools and community agencies. She is trained in DBT and is a certified Trauma professional. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment Program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges. Trish specializes in ADHD, Opioid Use in young adults, Trauma informed care, Developmental trauma, Trauma and Substance Use disorders, Trauma and the Family System, Family Engagement, and Substance use for today’s teens. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and is licensed and certified in the state of PA.
During her career, Trish has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles. She is currently the Corporate Director of Family Services of Recovery Centers of America, which has sites in NJ, PA, MA and MD, and provides services to adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders. Additionally, she is a member of the NOPE task force, Partners for Success Coalition and she holds a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Trauma.
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