Anxiety and Addiction: Seeking Recovery

The Need for Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Unfortunately, close to 50 percent of those who struggle with an underlying mental health disorder also struggle with a substance abuse or addiction problem. When an individual struggles with a co-occurring disorder, they will require dual diagnosis treatment. Oftentimes, though, anxiety can interfere with the person’s decision to seek treatment due to worry and anxiety surrounding treatment.

If treatment is not obtained, one of the illnesses will be exacerbated by the other one which only worsens both conditions. This can lead to a very dangerous potential situation which can pose danger to the life of the sufferer. Getting the right dual diagnosis treatment can help the individual manage both of their conditions.

What is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

When an individual struggles with a mental health disorder as well as an addiction, they will require dual diagnosis treatment. This type of treatment modality works to treat the mental health disorder in order to stabilize the individual as well as incorporate addiction treatment. Close to 8 million individuals across the U.S. struggle with co-occurring disorders and it affects males more commonly than females.

Some of the symptoms that an individual will display if they sruggle with both a mental illness as well as an addiction are:

  • No longer in control of their substance abuse
  • Partaking in risky behavior
  • Requiring the substance in order to function
  • Higher tolerance levels, requiring more of the drug
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
  • Extreme moodiness
  • Feeling confused
  • Lack of concentration

It’s important to remember that one condition affects the other so they both must be treated in order for an effective recovery. The main stages of recovery that the individual will go through are:

  • Patient Assessment
  • Medical Detox
  • Inpatient Treatment
  • Therapy (Dual Diagnosis, Counseling, Group Therapy, support Groups)
  • Transitional Housing
  • Aftercare Programming

Mental Health and Mood Disorders

Some of the mental health and mood disorders that individuals who have co-occurring disorders may be:

  • Anxiety
  • Clinical Depression
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Personality Disorder

A mental health disorder can drive someone to use drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism which can be extremely dangerous. Self-medicating is never the answer as this is just a bandage method; as soon as the substance wears off, the symptoms of the mental health disorder and addiction creep back.

A proper diagnosis is key in determining the right treatment path that will help you in managing both diseases. It’s important that you seek help for your co-occurring disorder as your condition will continue to worsen if you do not get the appropriate help. Finding the core reason why you abuse substances in the first place and treating the foundation of the problem is a key factor in attaining long-term sobriety.

Treatment is available today that can help you make a full rebound from addiction as well as help you manage your mental illness. A unique treatment program can be designed just for you so that you can stabilize your mental health while also treating your addiction.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.