Treating Anxiety Caused By Addiction

Some cases of anxiety point alcohol and substance addiction as the culprit. These two are interrelated since these issues can both be the cause and the effect of each other. Most people find themselves experiencing anxiety due to the physical, mental, and emotional problems bound by their addiction. 


“Addiction is embarrassing. It is easier to hide addictive behaviors than admit them, and the layers of denial build up until the truth is completely lost.” — Jason Whiting Ph.D.


If you are one of them, read on for some ways which can help you start your recovery process.


Medication Management

People who are experiencing anxiety and addiction are used to taking medicines on a frequent basis. Some even tend to pop a pill every single time they feel stressed and overwhelmed. Because of this, treatment programs strive to guide their patients in managing their medications to avoid complications in the long run. 


Authors from a published paper in Medscape recommended the use of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, famously called SSRIs. This medicine has been proven to treat both anxiety and addiction at the same time. However, patients who are using this medication are closely being monitored by their respective consulting physicians to avoid overdose. 


“It should be noted people do not continue behaviors for no reason, specifically drug and alcohol use. Most people continue to use because there is some benefit to the continued use of the drug, which reinforces the use and abuse.” — Tarra Bates-Duford, Ph.D., MFT


Engaging In Support Groups

Anxiety caused by addiction is isolating. People who are experiencing this sometimes believe that no one can understand and tolerate them for whom he or she has become. Because of this, they tend to decline help from their families and close friends.


Joining a support group can help address this. There are several anxiety support groups which are hosted by health care clinics or hospitals. It will be easier for them to open up in this environment since most of the people in the group are experiencing the same issues and problems. This avenue creates a safe space to share personal stories, coping strategies, stories of success, and depressing moments. Some anxiety support groups even give educational discussions to tackle the technical side of their problems. 


Aside from this, there are also other support groups catered to addiction problems. Some examples include the Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. This way, both the anxiety and the addiction can be addressed. 


“Sober or abstinent addicts have their own emotional challenges. It may be difficult to get through a day without using or drinking or fighting the urge to do so.” — Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT


Behavioral Therapy Treatment

According to studies, the most effective treatment for anxiety is therapy. Unlike medication, behavioral therapies treat not only the symptoms but also address other areas as well. These kinds of therapy help to understand your emotions and feelings, teaches coping strategies and problem-solving skills, and provide avenues for personal rebuilding. 


The most famous kind of therapy treatment for anxiety is the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is divided into two components – the cognitive therapy and the behavior therapy. The cognitive therapy focuses on the negative thoughts which contribute to an individual’s anxiety while behavior therapy deals with a person’s behavior and reaction in situations which trigger their anxiety. 


Those people experiencing addiction prefer this option as well. They believe therapies can guide them in understanding their reasons for their addictions and regain their old selves back. This avenue also enables them to look for ways to deal with their problems without the assistance of drugs or alcohol. If they are unsure where to start, BetterHelp is an excellent avenue to connect with therapists.


Dealing with both addiction and anxiety can be a bit challenging. However, it can be solved by taking one step at a time. Just breathe and relax, and you’ll eventually recover in time.

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