Underlying Issues with Addiction

underlying issues and addiction

Addiction doesn’t just happen overnight, there are always underlying issues that contribute to the problem. Those who are facing an addition are often provoked by an underlying issue. While there is no excuse for a substance abuse habit, the underlying issues often fuel the fire. Most commonly, mental health disorders and pain management situations are often at the core underlying issues and addiction.

When people have a turbulent childhood and experience trauma, this can play a big role in their substance abuse issues as an adult. These mind-altering elements can bring a sense of euphoria and comfort to the person who is suffering. Some mental health issues often linked to addiction are depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and trauma caused by sexual or emotional abuse.

depressionStatistics show that currently there are more than 120 million people that are suffering with depression in the world. When the depression is serious enough, it can cause some to contemplate suicide and unfortunately many succeed. This illness is responsible for more than 850,000 deaths each year. Low and middle class people often suffer from depression more than those that are affluent.

Anxiety disorders affect around forty million adults every year. Some anxiety is normal, but when the condition lasts for longer than 6 months, it is said that there is a mental health issues that needs addressed. The problem will only exacerbate if treatment is not sought. Alcohol and drugs are commonly used to treat anxiety, as it calms the troubled person. There are many levels to anxiety, while they all fall under the general category of anxiety; they each have their own specific symptoms.Read more:

Underlying Issues and Addiction: The most common forms of anxiety are:

  • • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • • Social Phobias
  • • General Anxiety Disorder

Some adults develop drug seeking habits as children. For instance, ADHD causes children to have problem paying attention in school and also to have impulse control issues. Doctors medicate with strong stimulants to allow the children to function at a normal pace. However, many studies have proven that children who have taken these stimulants are at a higher risk to be a substance abuser.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Underlying issues are often found after a person enters a treatment facility. For instance, those who have a substance abuse issue often find that they had ADHD and this could be one of the causes for their drug seeking behaviors. The poor impulse control often causes children and adults alike to act erratic and to have behaviors that are a-typical.

Sad but true, alcohol and drugs can mask the pain and effects of depression and anxiety and make a person feel better. The problem is the same relief can be felt by taking a prescription medication that is not habit forming and dangerous. There are many ways to self-medicate like food, tobacco, alcohol and drugs but underneath it all is an underlying issue that must be dealt with first. By dealing with the core of the mental health issues, a person can effectively treat their underlying issues and addiction.

Getting Help for Underlying Issues and Addiction

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