The problem with prescribing addiction medication to people with a mental health condition, such as an anxiety disorder, is that they are already at a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder. Handing people at risk a long-term prescription for an addictive medication is just asking for trouble, which is why A Better Today Recovery Services network wants to connect you with master-level therapists, registered nurses, and doctors experienced with addiction and recovery.
Addiction and substance abuse can cause anxiety as well. The reason why may seem perplexing to those who do not suffer from either disease; when you consider that people who suffer from both addiction and anxiety constantly feel as though their life is in danger, it may be easier to understand why a quick-fixing, mood-enhancing and calming substance has a dangerous amount of allure.
As a person develops a dependence on benzodiazepines, the thought of removing the substance from the picture becomes an increasingly devastating proposal. Benzos affect the brain relatively similarly to opiates, according to the National Institute of Health. And even if the drug supply is not threatened, the dependence on such a short-acting substance is anxiety-provoking.
Will the pill wear off before I get out of that meeting? I only have one left for the day and it’s already 2 p.m. and my schedule is packed with presentations and social events? Questions like these running through one’s mind are certainly far from calming or grounding.
It should be noted that once cycle of using has been stopped by an admission into an addiction treatment center, both the anxiety and addiction will be far from gone. Both disorders play on each other and potentially worsen the overall situation.
If the addiction is treated without targeting the anxiety disorder, the likelihood of remaining sober long-term is lessened. The opposite is also true: the presence of an untreated anxiety disorder can create a high level of distress and strain that greatly reduces one’s chance of a long and happy life of sobriety.
A Better Today Recovery Services can connect you with treatment facilities for co-occurring disorders to ensure that each person gets what he or she needs to overcome all aspects of addiction.