3 Tips for Controlling Your ADHD During Rehab

3 Tips for Controlling Your ADHD During Rehab

Learn to say “no” during rehab to control your ADHD

Adult ADD/ADHD can cause an individual to experience challenges across all areas of life, from getting organized at home to reaching one’s potential at work. This disorder can also impact an individual’s personal health and relationships. Because individuals suffering with ADHD often make impulsive decisions, such as abusing drugs like oxycodone, learning how to make healthy choices and control ADHD can help individuals successfully complete rehab and build the foundation for a long-lasting recovery.

While in rehab, individuals have a controlled environment where drug use/abuse and paraphernalia is not allowed nor tolerated. Although this is extremely beneficial and key to one’s sobriety, individuals also need to learn how to manage their cravings, triggers, and impulses in order to be successful outside of rehab.  If not properly prepared for this transition, individuals with ADHD may succumb to cravings and return to abusing drugs to help them cope with the added stress.

Tips for Controlling ADHD While in Rehab

According to HelpGuide.Org, individuals with ADD/ADHD often feel overwhelmed with paying bills, keeping up with work, family, and even social demands. Although this can make an experience like addiction rehab extremely overwhelming and stressful, it is possible to get focused and turn one’s chaotic situation into a more calming and relaxing schedule. Included in the following are some examples on tips for controlling ADHD while in treatment:

  • Learn to say “no”
  • Develop time management skills and stay on a schedule
  • Learn to prioritize

Individuals suffering from ADD/AHDH often have issues with impulsiveness and agree to take on too many projects or attend too many social engagements. This constantly busy and jam-packed schedule can cause an individual to feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and affect one’s quality of work. Not only can saying no help improve one’s ability to complete tasks on time, but it also can give the individual more time to truly enjoy the event she is at while being able to live a healthier more stress free lifestyle. If saying no to a request face to face is not something you can handle at the moment, it can be helpful to tell the person that you’ll get back to him and let him know later. Then, once you check your schedule and assess all of your other responsibilities, you can contact the individual with your answer. Learning to check one’s schedule before committing to something new can greatly improve one’s life.

Another common issue among individuals suffering from ADD/ADHD is time management. These individuals often lose track of time, miss deadlines, and severely procrastinate along with underestimating the time they have to successfully complete tasks.  It’s also common for individuals to spend too much time on one particular task, also known as hyper-focusing, and nothing else gets done. This can leave an individual frustrated and make others impatient.  Hyper-focusing means the individual basically spends all their time on one task or project and either forgets or neglects other commitments. Learning how to use proper time management skills can help one control her ADHD symptoms more effectively:

  • Become a clock watcher and be aware of the time especially when completing tasks
  • Use timers so each project/task gets adequate time along with helping an individual avoid becoming hyper-focused
  • Plan early and set up reminders so that your day is already prepared and you have reminders for all your appointments and/or meetings

Although maintaining and keeping to a schedule is important, it is also important to understand that despite one’s efforts, unexpected events are a part of everyday life and could occur in the middle of a deadline. This is when, if it’s a possibility, one should ask for help to ensure all projects get completed on time.

Because adults suffering with ADD/ADHD often find themselves struggling with impulse control issues and jump from one topic/subject to another, simply completing tasks can be difficult and the larger the project, the more overwhelming the individual will feel. Learning how to prioritize tasks, projects, and social events can help any individual feel in control of her life and reduce stress and anxiety. Learn to decide which task/project is most important and complete each task in order of importance. Complete one task at a time or break down larger tasks into smaller actions to make it easier to complete. Avoid getting off task by becoming distracted and try to remain on schedule if at all possible.

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