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Anxiety and Addiction

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness. For those with anxiety disorders, their ability to function normally is modified. Due to their altered state of functioning, many people with anxiety disorders tend to lean or alcohol or drugs to cope with their anxieties. Thus, those with anxiety disorders are almost twice as likely to suffer from a co-occurring substance use disorder, as opposed to someone without an anxiety disorder (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Most people who turn to substances to control their anxiety don’t even realize that the substances are most likely making their anxiety worse, not better. As their symptoms strengthen, they become dependent on the substance, and they begin to feel bad again once they are not able to keep up their habits. Addictions then form and make matters worse. 

The impacts of self-medication

For those who self-medicate, the beginning of using may feel like a relief of anxiety. This relief is most definitely temporary, though. Long-term damage is occurring once someone begins to rely on the substance. This reliance is forming over time. At the beginning of the substance use, the person is usually using a minimal about of the substance to achieve the result they are looking for. Once their brain and body become used to the substance and its effects, though, they need to use more and more of the substance to reach the calm state they are looking for. This is the dependence on the substance that is working. Withdrawal symptoms begin to come out of the woodworks when they do not get the amount of the substance they are looking for. These withdrawal symptoms can include both physical and mental symptoms that can wreak havoc on the brain and body. At this point, the individual may want to stop using, but because an addiction has likely formed, they are unable to just stop using.

Villa Tranquil Recovery offers dual diagnosis programs for adult women of all ages. We can help treat both your addiction and anxiety. We understand why you may have turned to a substance in the beginning. We want to help end your dependency on these substances now. We also understand that your underlying issues must be treated. We can help with that, too. If you are suffering from an addiction or anxiety, we can help. Call now at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to help you today.