Anxiety and Addiction
The Connection Between Anxiety & Addiction
The co-occurrence of these mental health disorders can be commonly seen. In fact, people with an anxiety disorder are about twice as likely to develop a substance use disorder. Although addiction is often viewed as a lack of willpower, it is actually characterized as a mental health disorder just like anxiety.
What Are Anxiety Disorders?
The types of anxiety disorders include:
Causes & Risk Factors of Anxiety Disorders
Risk factors include but are not limited to:
Causes & Risk Factors of Addiction
Risk factors or causes can include:
Dual Diagnosis: Anxiety & Addiction
A risk factor for addiction is anxiety disorders, while a risk factor for anxiety is addiction. Using drugs or alcohol to treat symptoms of anxiety can actually make anxiety symptoms more severe and create a vicious cycle. Mental health disorder symptoms can emerge after abusing drugs or alcohol.
Treatment for Anxiety & Addiction
If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety and addiction, reach out to Healthy Life Recovery today. Healthy Life in San Diego, CA, offers dual diagnosis treatment to best treat both disorders at the same time. Therapeutic and holistic modalities are used to treat addiction and anxiety.
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