How Anxiety Affects Addiction

Mental Health Problems can Influence an Individual to use Substance of Abuse

Many people struggle with a mental health disorder which can take a toll on their ability to sustain a job or maintain a relationship. Oftentimes, those with mental health issues fail to seek help in fear that they will be judged or feel as though there is a negative stigma around it. It’s important that individuals who struggle with a mental health disorder must seek immediate help as their condition can lead them to experiment with drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Those who struggle with an underlying issue are far more susceptible to the disease of addiction than those who do not. Since having an underlying mental health condition can mean that the individual struggles with various side effects, oftentimes, individuals will look for ways to suppress these symptoms and do so by using drugs or alcohol. This can spiral an individual into full-on addiction and self-medicating is never the answer to manage your symptoms.

Common Types of Mental Health Disorders

Some of the most common mental health disorders are:

  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Clinical Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Mood Disorders

If you struggle with one of these underlying disorders, your chances of addiction increase which is why you should also manage your mental health disorder as soon as you know there is a problem. Once your mental health condition is under control, you will have the mental capacity to make the right decisions as it relates to leading a healthy and productive life. If your mental health issue is not under control, it will continue to worsen and the symptoms will become hard to bear. This is why things can spiral out of control as an individual may resort to abusing substances such as drugs and alcohol in order to manage their symptoms. 

Coping with the symptoms of a mental health disorder is not easy which is why it’s vital that the individual seeks professional help. After a patient assessment has been completed, the individual may be prescribed medication that can help to get the condition under control, whether it is anxiety or another mental health disorder. 

Getting Help

For those who are at a higher risk of developing an addiction to substances of abuse, help is available. Through counseling and therapy, along with medication management, individuals can regain their mental clarity and be free from the often hard-to-handle symptoms of living with a mental health disorder. 

It’s important that individuals seek help as soon as they realize that there is a problem as the longer you wait, the more severe the symptoms will get. There are several different treatment modalities that can help you manage your mental health disorder such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT). By working with a specialist you will be able to successfully manage and live with your disorder without the symptoms getting in the way.

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/common-comorbidities-substance-use-disorders/part-1-connection-between-substance-use-disorders-mental-illness

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/substance-use-and-mental-health/index.shtml

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.