Anxiety disorders, when coupled with addiction or substance use disorders, can compound or be increased. Dual diagnosis programs take into consideration mental health components as well as drug use disorders. Our therapists and staff at La Jolla Recovery approach the specific anxiety disorders in order to understand a client better. Those who have had resistance to depression treatment may now inquire about Spravato or Esketamine, medication assisted treatment with significant results for those suffering from depression.
From PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) to social anxiety and other general anxiety disorders, it is important to attend mental health as a component to be attended while in a drug and alcohol program.
Substance Abuse Anxiety
It is not uncommon for those suffering from anxiety to use other substances to self treat their anxiety such as alcohol. Given its nature as a depressant and impact on the prefrontal cortex and amygdala by soothing neurotransmitter activity, it might appear to provide a relaxation or calm effect yet not attend the roots of this anxiety or stress.
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Other medications or drugs such as benzos or opiates are frequently used in combination with alcohol, only to leave a user depressed or brought emotionally down. At La Jolla Recovery, anxiety therapy is a comprehensive approach to anxiety disorders in addition to substance abuse treatment.
Depression and Substance Abuse
Self treating anxiety with alcohol or drugs
Given its nature as a depressant and impact on the prefrontal cortex and amygdala by soothing neurotransmitter activity, it might appear to provide a relaxation or calm effect yet not attend the roots of this anxiety or stress. Other medications or drugs such as benzos or opiates are frequently used in combination with alcohol, only to leave a user depressed or brought emotionally down. At La Jolla Recovery, anxiety therapy is a comprehensive approach to anxiety disorders in addition to substance abuse treatment.
Mental health and Addiction
Alleviating Anxiety or Depression with Drugs
The problem with continuing this vicious cycle of seeking comfort from drugs and alcohol to alleviate anxiety or depression is a furthering of the symptoms and a continuous search for coming to baseline or homeostasis. This usually leads to the user wanting to use more frequently and having deeper bouts of the mental health disorders that include anxiety. This physical and psychological dependence or now konwn as substance use disorder deepens and requires attention from detox throughout rehab such as outpatient.
Anxiety from Addiction
Symptoms of Substance Induced Anxiety
With time, the person generally needs more and more alcohol or drugs to feel a bit more anchored and secure. This basically leads to both physical and psychological addiction.
Abstaining from alcohol or substances causes an onset of even more intense symptoms, making it quite impossible for the individual to break free from the vicious circle. They experience insomnia, paranoia, extreme irritability and hallucinations. Alcohol withdrawal could even cause seizures. This reiterates the need for a physician during drug detox.
Self Medication and GAD
Generally Anxiety Disorder
Research shows that less than half of those suffering from anxiety, specifically GAD or general anxiety disorder, receive the appropriate help. This leads to self medication and a non controlled environment of trying to alleviate symptoms and furthering mental health problems. Both the mental health and addiction rarely get attended.
Studies and research suggest that less than a half of people suffering from anxiety receive professional help, especially those who have a General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This means that a huge number of sufferers self-medicate, most probably with alcohol and illicit or legal substances. This is known as dual diagnosis. It is also highly likely that they will not link their anxiety to their addiction problem.
When Abusing Drugs or Alcohol Leads to Dual Diagnosis
Dual Diagnosis and
Like all dual diagnoses, anxiety and alcohol or drugs have a complicated and intimate relationship. Many factors are at play: genetics, history of trauma, brain chemistry, medications that produce side-effects and substance abuse.
It can be quite difficult to distinguish where anxiety stops and addiction begins. Sometimes, anxiety is the result of the addiction and other times, it is vice versa. Cocaine, meth, marijuana and alcohol can also bring about anxiety as a consequence of their abuse. At La Jolla Recovery, a mental health treatment encompasses substance use disorder and specific attention to the cognitive and biological factors.
The problem is perpetuated by the fact that abusing alcohol or drugs causes manifold problems in the individual’s social, emotional and professional life, which again makes the anxiety worse.