A recent study published in the American Journal on Addictions reported that a significant proportion of treatment-seeking substance use disorder outpatients suffer from clinically elevated autistic traits. These findings highlight the importance of assessing for autistic traits in SUD treatment settings. Yet, additional research is needed to determine if these findings are specific to the presence of ASD or secondary to sequelae of specific SUD presentations. The study was conducted by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center.
There may be a connection between substance abuse disorder and autism.