ADHD Treatment & ADD Treatment
Some clients with ADHD primarily have the inattentive type, some the hyperactive-impulsive type, and some the combined type. For our purposes here, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be said to encompass attention deficit disorder (ADD), so we can call this disorder “ADHD.” Morningside Recovery treats ADHD (co-occurring or not) with education, psychotherapy, life skills therapy, and extensive communication with the client's prescribing psychiatrist.
Recent research suggests that genetic abnormalities may prevent the client with ADHD from metabolizing key neurotransmitters in normal ways. However, no specific brain issue has been pinpointed that could account for ADHD, which means there is probably no single medication that can correct the problem. Frequently, a client's goal is to discontinue or reduce ADHD medication and Morningside treatment offers intensive services that go far beyond the medication of symptoms. For ADHD, individual and group therapy help a person relax and gain strategies for coping with their disorder. Therapy is more than just a client sharing about their problems. The therapy is a process of working together to improve coping with the things happening in the real world. At Morningside, it’s about changing behaviors and finding solutions. Therapists give clients homework between meetings. These exercises are designed to get clients thinking about their ADHD. For example, homework might include making a list of situations in their daily lives that give them trouble.
Morningside uses a comprehensive, integrated approach that views each client as unique and distinctive -- an individual. Therapists at Morningside might have clients develop a routine that includes tools such as a calendar or personal appointment book, lists, Post-it notes, and organized folders for all paperwork. Large tasks are broken down into more manageable, smaller steps so that completing each part of the task provides a sense of accomplishment. This process builds a client's skill set that may herald long-term recovery rather than temporary relief of sysptoms, with such momentary relief achieved by medications alone. Therapists will help clients with ADHD learn how to organize their life by developing these skills.
The practice of multiple medications to mask the symptoms of ADHD is avoided at Morningside Recovery. Appropriate, evidence-based psychotherapy in conjunction with transparent communication with a client's psychiatrist can help change a client’s approach to life by getting them to examine their own behaviors and outcomes. Treatment at Morningside Recovery encourages clients with ADHD to adjust to the life changes that come with treatment for ADHD. Clients often say it’s all about looking at things in a new way.