Some mental health conditions are connected directly to substance use disorders. In fact, there is strong evidence that co-occurring disorders are quite common among those who have addiction issues. Anxiety and addiction are two such dual diagnoses that tend to coincide together, compounding the healing journey. However, with the dual diagnosis treatment, clients can go on to live a happy and fulfilled life.
Why are Anxiety and Addiction Connected?
There is a well-documented connection between anxiety and addiction. Approximately 20 percent of people who have an anxiety of other mood disorder also have a substance use disorder.
Additionally, many people in the United States have an anxiety disorder. In fact, it’s one of the most common mental health disorders. However, the connection between anxiety and addiction is more than mere coincidence, according to researchers at NIH.
What Occurs First When Anxiety and Substance Abuse Co-Occur?
The question that is often asked when there’s a diagnosis of both anxiety and addiction is which problem occurred first? And, did one problem lead to or cause the other problem? Researchers are still studying these questions, and those in the medical community have differing views about this. On the one hand, it’s easy to see how anxiety could lead to an addiction problem.
When someone is anxious and worried all the time, which is the clinical definition of anxiety, then they may use drugs to alleviate the symptoms. Drugs or even alcohol may make the person feel calmer and able to manage the anxiety. Over time, the person may develop a substance use disorder. In this instance, we can see how anxiety led to drug use.
On the other hand, a side effect of certain drugs is anxiety. Additionally, when you try to quit just about any drug or alcohol, you will likely experience some anxiety. Drugs can change the way your brain responds to the world, thus leading to an anxiety disorder that may not have existed before.
Hope for Healing at Tides Edge Detox
Welcome to our Tides Edge Detox facility, where you will find help and healing for co-occurring conditions such as anxiety and addiction. Our JCAHO accredited detox center provides the help you need to get off drugs and overcome anxiety disorders. We offer comprehensive detox and therapy rehab. Some different treatment options we have, include:
- Residential treatment program
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Detox treatment program
- Outpatient treatment program (OP)
- Transitional living treatment program
Our experienced, compassionate staff works with all types of drug addictions. Whether you’re struggling with meth, heroin, cocaine, painkillers, or another substance, you will find the treatment you need for healing.
Don’t wait another day to take care of your needs. You can overcome your anxiety and addiction by going to a comprehensive detox and therapy center, such as Tides Edge Detox. Contact us at 866.723.3127, and we’ll get you on the road to recovery.