Mission statement

ICASA aims to contribute to a substantial decrease in the proportion of ADHD patients developing an addiction/SUD and to substantially improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients having both ADHD and SUD

We want to achieve this by the following means: 

Perform and coordinate high quality research in order to:

- determine the magnitude of the problem: how many ADHD patients develop SUD and how many treatment seeking SUD patients have ADHD?;
- increase knowledge about the factors that influence the course and development of SUD in ADHD patients;
- apply findings in the development of methods for prevention of SUD in ADHD patients;
- develop evidence based procedures for diagnoses and treatment of ADHD in SUD patients.

Our strategies:

- ICASA strives to use its own network and the network of its participants in order to improve access to researchers and patients for research.
- ICASA strives to increase both the quality and quantity of research related to this topic by using a consistent set of research instruments and by setting up databases for secondary analyses of research data.
- ICASA strives to exchange knowledge on the topic of 'ADHD and Substance Abuse' both within the ICASA network and in contacts with other colleagues.
- ICASA will publish its research findings in peer reviewed Journals and will present these results at (inter)national conferences.



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