Anxiety and Addiction
Anxiety & Addiction Treatment
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.
Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Sanjai Thankachen
Dr. Sanjai Thankachen graduated from Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medicine in 2000. He completed his residency in psychiatry in 2008 at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in New York. Dr. Thankachen is currently working with Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists in an outpatient practice, as well as working at multiple in-patient psychiatric and medical units bringing his patients the most advanced healthcare treatment in psychiatry. Dr. Thankachen sees patients with an array of disorders, including depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, anxiety, and dementia-related problems.
Edited for Clinical Accuracy By:
Sean Leonard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sean Leonard is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his master’s degree in adult geriatric primary care nurse practitioner from Walden University and a second postmaster specialty in psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner from Rocky Mountain University. Sean has experience working in various diverse settings, including an outpatient clinic, inpatient detox and rehab, psychiatric emergency, and dual diagnosis programs. His specialty areas include substance abuse, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD.
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