When it comes to drug use, it’s difficult to say which comes first. Anxiety can result in substance abuse, but it’s also common for substance abuse to cause it. Depending on the unique situation, one problem often leads to another, which results in a dual diagnosis.
A customized treatment plan for your loved one is the key, so each disorder is treated concurrently during and after their time at Beachway. For example, one individual may abuse alcohol to manage their anxiety. Treating both anxiety AND substance abuse is crucial, and our staff is here to help, guide, and support through each step of the dual diagnosis treatment process.
For many individuals who suffer, self-medicating with drugs or alcohol can mask the symptoms and make them feel like they control their lives. However, this is not true. Covering up a mental health disorder with an addiction adds to the problem and may exacerbate the issue, resulting in, or increasing, self-loathing, paranoia, depression, and more.
In many cases, anxiety is a secondary mental health disorder with other disorders such as PTSD, depression, or eating disorders. Individuals suffering from these mental health problems often turn to drugs or alcohol to seek comfort from their symptoms and dull their overwhelming and uncomfortable feelings.
Individuals who suffer pose an even greater risk for self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. For many, daily doses of doctor-prescribed anti-anxiety medication are the only way to control symptoms. When these drugs are mixed with alcohol or illicit substances, the consequences could be devastating, leading to drug or alcohol treatment rehab.