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ADHD in Washington State

If left untreated, ADHD can cause major problems in areas such as work, school, or even in personal relationships. Free by the Sea, a Washington-based rehabilitation center, specializes in treating ADHD. Understanding just how medication and therapy can be used together is the first step for someone who wants to regain control while living with ADHD and addiction. 

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Understanding ADHD

ADHD (which stands for “Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”) is a condition of mental health that can make it hard for adults and children to focus for long lengths of time. Millions of small children and adolescents are affected by ADHD, and sadly, the disorder will often continue past their childhood and follow them into their adult lives. The specific symptoms and severity can vary significantly from person to person. The most common, though, are related to having an inability to focus or concentrate for longer time periods. Living with the symptoms of ADHD can cause the individual to have major difficulties with mental or social endeavors. Some of these difficulties include poor academic performance or even trouble with maintaining personal relationships.

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed cure for ADHD, but there are several treatments that have been shown to be effective. Consistently treating the problem directly with a combination of behavioral therapy and medication can really help a person with ADHD manage their life better. Most children with ADHD who are successfully diagnosed early on will grow into healthy and fully functional adults.

Signs and Symptoms

While it’s true that just about every child will at times experience issues such as hyperactivity or inattentiveness, those same problems may be signs of ADHD if they begin to increase in frequency or severity and start significantly impacting the child’s school work or home life. Signs of hyperactive-impulsivity and inattention are the primary categories of ADHD.

Some common signs of inattention can include the following:

  • Trouble listening, even if directly addressed
  • Trouble paying attention during specific tasks or even during play
  • Being distracted easily
  • Having organizational problems
  • Forgetfulness and trouble remembering where they’ve placed items

The following signs are common examples of hyperactivity and impulsivity:

  • Trouble playing or sitting quietly
  • Constant fidgeting
  • A constant feeling of restlessness
  • Excessive talking
  • Trouble waiting their turn

Causes and Risk Factors

No one truly knows for sure what causes ADHD to develop in people, but several factors have been shown that could significantly influence the condition’s development. Some of these factors include the following:

  • Exposure to alcohol, drugs, or toxins during pregnancy
  • A low weight at birth
  • Having a separate learning disability
  • Anxiety or depression
  • A family history of behavioral or mood disorders

Diagnosing ADHD

Because tests for ADHD do not exist, generally children need to experience severe symptoms persistently over a long period of time and across a number of their different social environments.

Specific diagnoses for ADHD are as follows:

  • Inattention-type ADHD – This is accompanied by at least six signs of inattention.
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD – Accompanied by at least six signs of impulsivity and hyperactivity.
  • Combined-type ADHD – This is a combination of the previous two types, so it’s accompanied by six symptoms in both categories.

ADHD and Addiction

Often those who suffer from ADHD also have problems with impulsivity, which means they are more prone to pathological behaviors or even substance abuse. The combination of ADHD and other problems is called a dual diagnosis. Many of those who suffer from ADHD experiment with substances as a result of not being able to control their behavior. For those who do experiment, addiction and enhanced difficulty coping usually follow. Many sufferers feel that they need to escape from the problems they have with these substances as self-treatment, but clinically supervised therapy is always a better strategy.


Currently, the most utilized ADHD treatment is a combination of both behavioral counseling and medication, but there are other methods available.

Some other treatments include psychotherapy, family therapy, behavioral therapies, utilizing support groups, and also training for the individual’s parents that can lead families to better understand ADHD and manage the symptoms more effectively. Sometimes parents also suffer from an addiction, which means that the treatment will need to address both issues at the same time.

For additional information about specific treatment methods, make sure to contact Free by the Sea today.

Rehabilitation programs are a great way to treat ADHD, and having such a disorder left untreated can cause destructive problems and addictions which can eventually damage the individual themselves as well as their loved ones.

Why Choose Free by the Sea?

Free by the Sea is a beautiful campus, located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park, WA. Our community of dedicated professionals are committed to provide care to all individuals with dignity and respect. Client centered care respectful of individual needs and concerns is the foundation of our approach. We adhere to evidence-based practices which are focused on successful outcomes for long term recovery. Services provided include:

  • 77 treatment beds.
  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselors, including licensed Mental Health Therapists.
  • High quality evidence-based addiction treatment, including gambling.
  • DBT, CBT, EMDR and trauma informed treatment addresses underlying issues of addiction that include depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relationships.
  • Relapse Prevention, Life Skills, Addiction education provided in groups and individual sessions
  • Twelve step meetings include celebrate recovery, wellbriety, dual disorder and AA/NA/GA
  • We offer residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
  • Peaceful and safe setting located on five acres facing the Pacific Ocean.
  • Multi-sport areas that include volleyball/basketball courts and an exercise room.
  • Nutritionally designed meals to restore health

Don’t Wait. Call Today.

ADHD can seriously impact a person’s quality of life and even be seriously damaging. If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from ADHD, make sure to contact us at (360) 777-7050 for additional information on just how Free by the Sea can help set people’s lives back on the right track.

Contact Free by the Sea

At Free by the Sea, we are committed to bringing individuals and their families the help required to rebuild their health and lives. We’re a nationally recognized treatment program located in the State of Washington that specializes in alcohol and drug addiction that provides services to men, women, and families affected by ADHD. Contact us today.

Have Questions? Call Us: (360) 777-7050