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ADHD
By TennesseeGal
3/9/2010 7:05:21 PM
So my husband was diagnosed with AD/HD (ADD with a mild H) as a child. They prescribed him medication and he hated the way it made him feel so he stopped taking it around age 12. After being with him over a year and doing my own research on AD/HD (I was skeptical at first, I also am not a fan of medication) I felt strongly that my husband was AD/HD. We prayed that we would find answers and find the help he needed. We found a GREAT doctor and he confirmed that my husband had AD/HD. The doctor prescribed him a low dosage of medication and it has really helped with attention and organization.

The reason I post this here, is that ever since he has taken this medication he has been able to resist pornography and masturbation. He is still tempted every day, but he feels more in control of himself and is able to resist.

This is exciting news for us! I know that medication won't cure an addiction. However, I believe that if there are underlying mental health and/or medical conditions that have not been addressed that it exacerbates the problem.

If you think your husband might have AD/HD (check out this article http://health.msn.com/health-topics/adhd/adult/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100253978&page=1) I encourage you to pray and seek help for him!

Comments:

thanks!    
"Interesting... Thanks for the reading material."
posted at 20:50:12 on March 9, 2010 by Anonymous
This is great!    
"This is why it's nice to fellowship with others. Any info that can help others is always appreciated. Thanks TenesseeGal"
posted at 23:50:00 on March 9, 2010 by Anonymous
Medication for Addiction    
"Thanks, TenesseeGal. I believe seeking medication for ADHD is good counsel for those so affected.

In my opinion, I think it's very likely that medication could one day help "cure" addiction for all those who want to be cured.

On a scientific level (and science IS a valid form of knowledge), what is a physical addiction, other than a chemical need or dependency? If medication can reset the chemical balance of a person so he (or she) no longer needs his "drug" for chemical balance, why shouldn't medication be a part of addiction recovery? I give it as my opinion that one of the reasons we will not be troubled by addiction in the world to come is that our resurrected bodies will be perfect, without chemical imbalances.

If medication can cure an addiction, does that mean we don't need God? Absolutely NOT! God has given us so many scientific and medical advances since the restoration of His gospel. He has opened the windows of heaven and poured forth knowledge upon his children. With each advancement, we do not need God less; on the contrary, we seem to need Him MORE. If God chooses to reveal medication that can get us closer to an ideal of no chemical imbalances and no addiction, I humbly thank and praise Him! He knows we need all the help we can get, from whatever source. Satan is attacking from all angles.

Here are some great articles from Newsweek and CNN on the same topic:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/114716
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/15/addiction.cold.turkey.pill/index.html
http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/medications/index.html"
posted at 09:01:41 on March 10, 2010 by BeClean
my ADHD    
"I also have ADHD, and I have an addiction to pornography and masturbation. I have been sober 53 days, and my wife is being very forgiving and we are working together with the bishop and a professional counsellor. She started going to 12 step meetings with me as well. Meds are awesome for ADHD! I am a new person. I only started them when I was around 40 years old."
posted at 15:06:51 on March 29, 2010 by lawrence
just one thing ...    
"I like the comments so far, and they're really correct. As a husband with both a (recovering) porn addiction and ADD (but not ADHD, there's a difference) there can definitely be a link.
However, I'd just like to add that we, both husbands and wives, need to be very careful about trying to fix our spouse.
Recovery is a personal process. A loved one can help and be supportive, but the progress has to be made by the addict themselves. There are no shortcuts. As the Chinese proverb goes, "You cannot help grass grow by pulling on it."

Just one other perspective."
posted at 03:04:00 on March 30, 2010 by hk-47
NPR    
"I heard on an NPR Show one night that scientist have found that when people with AD/HD take high doses of fish oil, it is possible they can completely rid themselves of their AD/HD."
posted at 20:35:53 on March 31, 2010 by maybeme
Fish oil    
"Thanks, Maybeme. For those who are interested in the support for your claim, they can check out the links on this google search: http://www.google.com/search?q=fish%20oil%20npr%20adhd "
posted at 22:50:18 on March 31, 2010 by BeClean
I tried that    
"Fish oil is good, but it just makes me feel too slippery."
posted at 14:47:17 on April 1, 2010 by lawrence
Those questioning about medication    
"Medication does help! But it can also be confused as a solution. The analogy I always use is to suppose that overcoming your struggle,such as depression, even ADD is like trying to climb a mountain. Taking medication can help take the slope off the mountain, so that the climb is more bearable, but it should not take away the need to keep climbing. Medication can be used to assist, but not as a solution."
posted at 16:29:12 on April 2, 2010 by benjamin


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