The vast majority of those who struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction initially begin using to self-medicate undiagnosed psychological disorders. In most cases, disorders are caught early on in sobriety, and treated before symptoms become intolerable or drive addicts back to using. Depression and anxiety tend to be the most common amongst addicts and alcoholics, and with the proper professional treatment can be easily remedied. However this is one of the main reasons why it is crucial that those who have been battling long-term addiction and decide to get sober attend a detoxification clinic in addition to an inpatient drug rehab. While withdrawal symptoms may mask symptoms of depression and anxiety in detox, such disorders should be easily diagnosable after several weeks in a residential program being monitored weekly by the same therapist and psychiatrist.
Depression and Addiction
As far as addiction and depression goes, we have a bit of a chicken and egg situation. It has been recently proven that excessive drinking worsens depression, seeing as alcohol itself is a depressant. Alcohol triggers depressive symptoms such as lethargy, hopelessness, and extreme sadness. Depression and substance abuse tend to feed into one another, with one usually worsening the other. One in three adults who suffer from substance abuse will be dual diagnosed with depression. This is an especially combination, for those with severe depressive tendencies and substance abuse issues are far more likely to attempt suicide. Committing to a specialized treatment program will not only greatly help reduce the risk of devastating effects caused by a combination of alcoholism or drug addiction and depression, but will help you to finally create the joyous and fulfilled life you deserve.
Anxiety and Addiction
When self-treating with drugs and alcohol, the sufferer of anxiety will experience temporary relief. However, prolonged use will lead to long-term damage to the mechanisms (brain receptors) that help to relieve symptoms of anxiety, and the disorder will ultimately worsen as substance dependency progresses. When one suffering from anxiety decides to get sober, the onset of symptoms is likely to be overwhelming. An individual predisposed to anxiety may experience panic attacks, nervousness, and an overall interference with his or her recovery goals. It is important that one who has shown signs of anxiety detoxes in a monitored environment, and those who have any coexisting disorders attend a residential inpatient treatment facility to be closely supervised by medical professionals throughout the very beginning stages of sobriety.