Substance abuse disorders can develop on their own, but it is also extremely common for a drug and alcohol problem to be accompanied by one or more mental health disorders, a condition called a co-occurring disorder. Among co-occurring disorders, depression and anxiety are among the most frequently encountered and two of the most dangerous that drug-addicted individuals can face.
Both anxiety and depression are natural parts of the human experience and have essential roles in helping us stay safe and healthy. The ability to feel sadness and grieve is vital to maintaining overall mental health and leading a fulfilling life. Likewise, anxiety can help individuals recognize and react to threats of physical and emotional harm. However, when anxiety and depression become severe and begin to interfere with an individual’s ability to lead a healthy life, these emotions can cause significant pain and invite the risk of addiction and life-threatening problems.
Untreated mental health symptoms can often feel unbearable or even debilitating, and many people try to alleviate these symptoms by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, which only increases their symptoms and their pain many-fold. Self-medication can lead individuals who have never had problems with drugs or alcohol before into an addiction pattern if they do not seek professional help for their underlying issues.
A drug problem on its own can feel overwhelming to tackle, especially if you try to do so on your own. Nearly all who attempt to get healthy on their own fail. Trying to treat a drug problem along with a co-occurring disorder, like anxiety or depression, can feel impossible, and you run the risk of serious health repercussions without professional help. Struggling individuals are not alone, however, and can find the help they need and hope at Bayview Recovery.