How Anxiety or Depression Influence Addition?

Addiction seldom occurs just by itself. Whatever substance (alcohol, prescription drugs or street drugs) a family member is addicted to, there may be co-occurring disorders that contributed to the development of the addiction. An inpatient addiction treatment Staten Island, NY could be the best answer for your family member.

What does co-occurring mean?

Co-occurring means the presence of an emotional disorder in addition to an addiction to alcohol or drugs. The person not only has an addiction problem, but they also suffer from anxiety, an eating disorder, depression, bipolar disease or obsessive-compulsive behavior. People suffering from a distressing emotional disorder may turn to alcohol or drugs to “self-medicate” themselves, seeking relief from their mental stress. Before they realize, they become addicted in addition to their mental disorder.

Anxiety and its Role in Addiction

Anxiety is a part of everyday life. It’s normal to feel anxious if you have to give a presentation at work or if your spouse/partner becomes ill. However, it’s not normal when anxiety takes over a person’s life. Some people become anxious from the moment they awake until they fall asleep. Physical symptoms manifest themselves as tightness in the chest and a feeling a lump in their throat. They have problems falling asleep. Worry consumes them … sometimes resulting in panic attacks.

Thus begins a vicious cycle of using alcohol or anti-anxiety medicines to relieve their anxiety. As the substance abuse escalates, the anxiety also escalates as the person becomes more anxious over how to simultaneously hide their substance abuse and how to continue obtaining the alcohol and/or drugs they need while not being detected by their family, friends or co-workers.

Depression’s Role in Substance Abuse

Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell which comes first. Some people struggle with depression all of their lives and become isolated. Their isolation may lead them to self-medicate to help quell their loneliness. The other scenario may be that once a person begins abusing alcohol or drugs, they become depressed and discouraged over their inability to stop their addictive behavior.

The patients become caught up in a vicious cycle that they are unable to break. The more they succumb to their addictive behavior, the more depressed and isolated they become – falling deeper and deeper into increased depression and increased use of alcohol and/or drugs.

An inpatient addiction treatment Staten Island, NY center could be the best answer to the complex problem of addiction with co-occurring disorders. Using a combination of clinical, spiritual and holistic treatments help restore the body, mind and soul. Trained medical treatment along with meditation, yoga, art, exercise and music provide an integrated way toward transforming anxiety and depression into feelings to be managed.