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Can anxiety fuel addiction?

June 27, 2020

One of the most common traits observed in people with addiction disorder is anxiety.

What is an anxiety disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a condition characterized by one’s constant state of fear and worry, to the point that it’s already affecting one’s personal, professional, and social relationships.

It is estimated that about 20 percent of those with an anxiety disorder also have a substance abuse problem.

How can an anxiety disorder lead to substance abuse?
For many people suffering from GAD, alcohol, and drugs provide temporary relief especially as the symptoms progress.

Alcohol and drugs can be used as a way to escape reality, ease the symptoms of anxiety, and somehow provide happiness.

Substance abuse may happen to individuals whose current treatment plans aren’t working or are giving them unpleasant side effects.

Some of the most commonly abused substances include:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methamphetamine
  • Stimulants
  • Alcohol

Constant use of these substances for self-medication can eventually lead to dependence and tolerance (the body would require more of the substance to get the same effect as before).

Treating Anxiety and Addiction
The combination of psychotherapy and medications often work for people with anxiety disorder and addiction. However, if this doesn’t work for you, TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation might work for you.

TMS is a non-invasive procedure that is shown to work well for people with anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. Unlike drug therapy, it rarely causes any unpleasant side effects.

Find out if TMS therapy is for you. Request a free consultation with us by calling (520) 338-2557.

References:
https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/generalized-anxiety-disorder-addiction/
https://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk/how-depression-anxiety-and-addiction-go-together-and-why-it-matters/