Are ADHD meds addictive? Well, are they? Yes or no? Can’t somebody answer my question? Apparently not. Oh, sure, the ADHD-doesn’t-exist crowd might be quick to suggest the meds are addictive, but I’ve found it virtually impossible to find a definitive answer to the question from a credible source.
For almost two years, I searched high and low to find a subject matter expert who will answer the question on record and then do so in an interview on Attention Talk Radio. But I couldn’t come up with anyone. Why? I suspected that no one wanted to go on record, for fear of what they say being taken out of context, which is almost a liability risk for mental health professionals. They are subject to being attacked or being bogged down in controversy.
But my perseverance paid off at last, and I found Dr. Anthony Rostain, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rostain agreed to be interviewed by me on Attention Talk Radio and to address my questions around the abuse and addictiveness of the stimulant medications used to treat ADHD.
As much as I’d like to synthesize the answer down to yes or no as to whether ADHD stimulant medications are addictive, I now believe it would be irresponsible to do so in the absence of many contextual factors that Dr. Rostain illuminates throughout our interview.
You can be confident in the interview and the quality of the content simply because the interview was posted on the APSARD Website.
A big thanks to Dr. Rostain for clarifying things so succinctly. I encourage you to listen to my interview with him in its entirety. Just click the image below.
Jeff Copper, Attention and ADHD Coach