Marijuana Smoking with ADD and ADHD

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Smoking marijuana is a dangerous course of action for individuals with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning concerns. This isn’t my attempt at morality, but based on my observations. Why do I feel this way? What’s my angle?

One simple word…motivation. Individuals with ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning concerns can have motivation issues, and smoking pot isn’t going to help improve this issue. I recognize that many individuals with ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning concerns have difficulty relaxing, but this option only masks the bigger issue. This leads me to a story about my client Alex.

I’m leaving Alex gender-neutral. Alex was a heavy marijuana user. Alex admitted to smoking pot on a daily basis. The impact included failing out of one college and struggling to maintain employment. But, Alex is a smart person with a lot of talent. We have a strong bond. After an emotional session for Alex, Alex agreed that pot was holding Alex back. Alex began the process of quitting after seeing the deeper impact of smoking marijuana.

Since that time, Alex has held onto a job, has improved performance in college and feels better physically. Alex’s parents report that Alex is much happier and motivated. Alex also discovered music is Alex’s key to relaxation.

Here’s my advice to anyone that’s dealing with pot. See for yourself…try quitting for one week or encourage the individual to do so. Then see the results. I promise you’ll see differences. Identify healthy ways to relax and stay motivated.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit www.adhdcoachchicago.com. To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit www.carrolleducationalgroup.com and www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookGoogle Plus and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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