Myth: Medication for ADD can lead to drug abuse and addiction. Besides, taking medication is a crutch. People should be able to maintain control through their own willpower.
Reality: Contrary to what many people would assume, statistics show that youngsters with ADD who are properly medicated as soon as their ADD is identified rarely abuse stimulant medication. there is a much higher incidence of abuse of marijuana, methamphetamine (speed), alcohol, and cocaine in older children and in adults with ADD who have not received professionally supervised treatment with stimulant medication. On the other hand, Most experts, such as Dr. Russell Barkley, now recognize that abuse of street drugs really may be an attempt on the part of the frustrated ADDer to self-medicate a condition that exists but probably has not been recognized by the ADDer himself or anyone around him.