Autism and substance misuse: assume nothing

This excellent blog post http://blogs.psychcentral.com/science-addiction/2014/07/people-on-autism-spectrum-at-increased-risk-for-substance-abuse/ tangles with the complexity of the relationship between ASD and substance misuse. Essentially, able people with ASD seem quite prone to addictive behaviour. This may not be a surprise, but because people with ASD are often socially isolated it might be assumed that they don’t get exposed to substances socially. This work is another reminder to see the person, and not the diagnosis.
Of course the next question is how this relates to mental health problems in this population….

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