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ADHD and Addiction Services

Eleven Recovery is the U.K.’s first specialist treatment provider that specialises in treating those individuals who present with ADHD and substance misuse issues., offering residential and community-based programmes.

At Eleven Recovery we fully understand the connection between ADHD and addiction and are dedicated to helping you find the path to healing and recovery.

ADHD can significantly impact academic and work performance while also hindering social development. Unfortunately, many individuals with ADHD turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with these challenges. Research indicates that approximately 21% of boys and men with ADHD, as well as 13% of women and girls with ADHD, struggle with drug or alcohol abuse. This highlights the urgent need for comprehensive support and treatment for individuals facing both ADHD and addiction.

One significant factor contributing to the link between ADHD and substance abuse is the impact on dopamine levels in the brain. Individuals with ADHD often have lower levels of dopamine, which can result in a range of symptoms. To compensate for this deficiency, some individuals may be inclined to misuse drugs or alcohol as a means to artificially elevate dopamine levels.

Addressing both ADHD and substance abuse concurrently presents unique challenges in treatment. Medications used to manage ADHD symptoms can be effective but also have the potential for dependency. Stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, commonly prescribed for ADHD, can be beneficial in symptom management. However, they also carry a risk of abuse, necessitating careful monitoring during treatment.

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At Eleven Recovery, we understand the importance of a holistic approach to treating both ADHD and addiction. Our team of experienced professionals in this area is dedicated to employing evidence-based strategies that encompass counseling, family therapy, self-help groups, and holistic therapies to support individuals in finding long-term healing. By addressing the underlying issues of addiction while simultaneously managing ADHD symptoms, we strive to improve overall well-being and empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives.

We recognize that adults with ADHD may face challenges in various aspects of their lives, including work performance, organization, forgetfulness, impulsivity, and relationship difficulties. These frustrations can often lead individuals to seek solace in alcohol or drugs, using them as a means to relax, fit in socially, or escape.

A dual-diagnosis treatment program is essential for individuals simultaneously dealing with ADHD and addiction. Treating both disorders concurrently is crucial, as the cycle of frustration resulting from ADHD symptoms can lead to self-medication with substances.

Our dual diagnosis program focuses on several key elements:

  1. Modifying destructive thoughts and behaviors that contribute to substance abuse.

  2. Building self-esteem and fostering internal motivation for positive change.

  3. Managing ADHD symptoms through behavioral modifications and medication therapy.

  4. Identifying substance abuse triggers and developing strategies to manage impulses effectively.

  5. Educating partners and family members about ADHD to create a supportive environment.


Through our comprehensive dual diagnosis program, we aim to help individuals manage the symptoms of ADHD, modify their responses and triggers, and live healthy, functional lives free from substance dependence.

If you or a loved one with ADHD is struggling with substance abuse, seeking treatment may be the best step forward.


For more information on our services there are various ways of contacting us below.

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