Alternatives To Stimulants For ADHD

alternatives to stimulants

Home » Adderall » Alternatives To Stimulants For ADHD

Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin are all common stimulant medications prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They all carry similar benefits and risks, with addiction being one of the possible risks. Although these medications are mostly safe when taken in prescribed amounts, addiction and abuse can lead to an overdose or other consequences. For an individual with a personal or family history of addiction, taking medications that are known to be addictive may not be the best option. There are a number of alternatives to stimulants for treating ADHD (medical and otherwise), that can help those who cannot or do not want to take stimulants.

A Brief History on Childhood ADHD & Adderall

When kids were growing up in the ‘60s were constantly standing up from their seats, they may have been labeled as “a problem” or “trouble”. In fact, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) wasn’t added to the DSM until 1968. Even then, very little was known about the disorder and how to treat it. It was in the 1990s that the number of ADHD diagnoses’ began to rise significantly. Some argue that is was because more children were developing the disorder whereas others point to an increase in awareness among parents and the ability for doctors to diagnose the condition more efficiently. Around the same time that cases began to rise, a new treatment went on the market: Adderall. 

Adderall for ADHD Treatment

Adderall is a form of stimulant medication that has been shown to help improve focus and concentration. However, Adderall also comes with a myriad of potential side effects. Individuals and parents of children diagnosed with ADHD have to ask the question “are there any alternatives to stimulants for treating ADHD?”

5 Alternative to Stimulants

Non Stimulant Medications

Stimulants are not the only type of medication that a doctor or psychiatrist can prescribe to treat ADHD. There is a wide array of non-stimulant medications that can be and sometimes are used for adults and children. Many of these options are not use as often as stimulants because there have not been as extensive studies conducted that have shown significant results. However, one medication may work better for one person than another. It can’t hurt to ask your doctor about these options as an alternative to stimulants. 

Non-stimulant medications that are used to treat ADHD include

  1. Tricyclic antidepressants (ie: imipramine and desipramine)
  2. Non-tricyclic antidepressants (ie: Bupropion and Venlafaxine)
  3. Specific norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors (ie: Atomoxetine)
  4. Alpha-2 noradrenergic agonists (ie: Clonidine and guanfacine)
  5. Non-schedule stimulants (ie: Modafinil)
  6. Others. (ie: Beta-blockers and anti-psychotics)

Diet

One of the most common alternative treatments for ADHD is making diet changes such as avoiding food colorings, preservatives, and a high sugar diet. Some food colorings and preservatives have been thought to be associated with hyperactivity. There aren’t any definitive studies to back up this claim, but we do know that diet and gut health does have an effect on our mood, energy, and overall wellbeing. For this reason, adopting a diet lower in processed foods and sugar and higher in greens and whole foods may have multiple positive impacts. 

Related Article: Diet and Recovery

Supplements

Somewhat related to diet, certain vitamins, minerals, and essential oils have been shown to help with focus, mood, and energy. Iron, magnesium, and zinc are some of the supplements that are associated with helping ADHD related issues. Check with your doctor to learn if you have a deficiency of any of these nutrients and what the proper supplement dosage would be.

Additionally, essential oils such as peppermint, citrus, and eucalyptus are known to help with focus. Lavender and clary sage also help with relaxation. Finding the right balance of these oils with the help of an aromatherapist may help in managing ADHD.

Therapy

There are a few different types of therapy that are used to help with managing and treating ADHD. These include:

  • Behavioral Therapy: Addressed specific behaviors and developing solutions to prevent them, behavioral therapy is actually recommended as the first step in treating ADHD.
  • Parent Therapy: For parents of children diagnosed with ADHD, a therapist can work with them to develop tools to work around attention issues and help the child thrive despite their diagnosis.
  • Hypnotherapy: Shown to be particularly helpful in treating sleep issues and tics associated with ADHD.

Biofeedback

EEG training, or biofeedback, is a type of Neurotherapy that measures the subject’s brain waves when given a specific task such as playing a video game. If the individual becomes distracted, the screen will go black. This type of therapy is thought to help train the individual to focus better, but it is still an experimental practice. 

ADHD & Addiction Treatment

Many individuals come to Amethyst Recovery Center with co-occurring disorders, including ADHD and addiction. We take a holistic approach to treating our clients which allows us not only to treat the symptoms but the underlying issues too. Offering alternative therapies and helping clients develop life skills is all a part of our effective treatment program. If you or a loved one finds themselves dependent or addicted to stimulant medications, we can help. Call today to begin the road to recovery!

 

Source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792653/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3000197/
https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/natural-remedies#neuropathy
https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/history

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Articles

5 Natural Adderall Alternatives

The demands of work, parenthood, and school have never been higher. And with social media constantly showing what we could be doing, it’s no wonder that people are having a hard time feeling like they’re keeping up. As such, it’s understandable how prescription...

How to Cope with Depression (Without Drugs)

The physical and psychological effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal are frequent topics of discussion. Less frequently addressed, however, is the emotional toll of withdrawal. Depression is a fairly common withdrawal side effect for heavy and long-term substance...

Trauma and Mental Health Conditions as Related to Addiction

You’ve probably heard of dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders when you were getting assessed for an addiction treatment program. If not, you’ve probably heard it online when learning more about the different types of treatment plans and options that are available....

Follow Us

24/7 Help for Drug & Alcohol Use

If you or someone you love is suffering from the addiction, there is no reason to delay. Start working on a solution today. Our phones are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff are trained to deal with drug and alcohol problems of any kind, and will recommend the right treatment for you based on your situation. Call now!

(888) 447-7724

Related Articles

5 Natural Adderall Alternatives
5 Natural Adderall Alternatives

The demands of work, parenthood, and school have never been higher. And with social media constantly showing what we could be doing, it’s no wonder that people are having a hard time feeling like they’re keeping up. As such, it’s understandable how prescription...

read more
How to Cope with Depression (Without Drugs)
How to Cope with Depression (Without Drugs)

The physical and psychological effects of drug and alcohol withdrawal are frequent topics of discussion. Less frequently addressed, however, is the emotional toll of withdrawal. Depression is a fairly common withdrawal side effect for heavy and long-term substance...

read more
Trauma and Mental Health Conditions as Related to Addiction
Trauma and Mental Health Conditions as Related to Addiction

You’ve probably heard of dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders when you were getting assessed for an addiction treatment program. If not, you’ve probably heard it online when learning more about the different types of treatment plans and options that are available....

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This
Amethyst Recovery Center