One of the biggest causes of drug addiction, alcoholism and substance abuse problems in general is self-medicating. People turn to coping mechanisms in order to deal with what ails them, whether it is stress or depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.)
Alcohol and drugs make pretty excellent coping mechanisms when people first begin taking them, because the bad feelings are replaced by a high that you cannot get anywhere else. Unfortunately, the good feelings do not last and the body becomes severely physically dependent on the substance as a result of needing more and more to obtain that high.
There is a severe correlation between addiction and anxiety or anxiety and addiction depending on what side of the coin you are on. Addiction can cause anxiety, and anxiety can cause addiction. Unfortunately, what this means is that both issues need to be addressed in order to fully tackle the problem. Eliminating the addiction is not going to prevent the anxiety, and so addiction may recur. Eliminating the anxiety will not suddenly end the addiction, and so the anxiety is likely to return as well.
Dual Diagnosis or Co-Occurring Disorders
On the outside of this particular set of co-occurring disorders, it may seem odd to have anxiety and a substance abuse problem. If you are dealing with this particular problem, however, then it probably makes perfect sense to you. People who have overwhelming, gripping anxiety or panic attacks are often convinced to immediately try to find a way to overcome those feelings. Self-medicating with pain killers, sedatives or opiate based drugs is one of the most common ways that people with anxiety deal with their problems. If you turn to self-medication in order to deal with your issues enough times, then the unfortunate result is going to be that the anxiety is only half the problem. You will be struggling with regular drug use, substance abuse and addiction in addition to your anxiety problem.
Becoming addicted to drugs is not going to remedy your anxiety problem; it is only going to mask the problem. Unfortunately, this adds to the potential for your problem to become worse rather than better.
Mental State and Mental Health Disorder
Anxiety disorder is often caused by a variety of different mental issues or mental disorders, often in conjunction with physical issues. Some of these causes of anxiety include stimulant drug abuse, panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.
People can also self-medicate anxiety that is caused by a number of other factors. For example, you can develop anxiety as a result of stress from any of the following potential triggers:
- Stress at work
- Stress at school
- Stress in relationships
- Stress regarding finances
- Stress relating to grief
- Stress relating to a medical illness
- Side effect of medications
- Medical illnesses that cause anxiety
- Drug abuse, especially when it comes to stimulant drugs
The key to overcoming your anxiety is to find the right ways to deal with it without using self-medication, drugs and alcohol to address the problem.
The right way to overcome the substance abuse problem is to realize that it is not the answer for dealing with anxiety, and to get real professional help for the problem before it consumes you.
There are a lot of different types of help out there when you are struggling with a substance abuse problem. When you are dealing with a co-addiction or a dual diagnosis such as self-medicating for an anxiety problem to the point of addiction, you need to find the right brand of professional help to meet your individual needs. What this means is choosing a drug rehab facility that is going to treat both sides of the problem and not just one or the other.
The drug addiction facility that you choose should help you detox from the substance abuse problem while helping you deal with the anxiety in other ways. By looking at both problems separately and as they interact with one another, the facility will be able to help you tackle both issues so that you can move on with your life not only sober, but also free from debilitating anxiety as well. There is no reason for you to continue struggling with either of these problems, so make sure that you begin looking for the right type of help today.
It is up to you to decide when you want to get help for your addiction and anxiety problem. Are you ready to reach out for help today?