The Link Between Anxiety Disorders and Substance Abuse

Understanding the Link Between Anxiety Disorders and Substance Abuse

Anxiety disorders, affecting roughly 19 million Americans, are not just challenging mental health conditions but often coexist with substance abuse disorders, creating a complex battle for many. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), the most prevalent form, impacts about 4 million adults, developing slowly over the years and is characterized by excessive worry over every day matters for six months or more. It’s rare for GAD to occur in isolation; it’s frequently accompanied by other anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse issues.

The intertwining of overwhelming anxiety and substance abuse stems from individuals seeking relief through self-medication with drugs and alcohol. However, this approach often exacerbates anxiety symptoms and can lead to panic attacks, creating a vicious cycle that’s hard to break. Research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism highlights that around 20% of Americans with an anxiety or mood disorder also struggle with substance abuse, with those with anxiety disorders being two to three times more likely to develop substance abuse issues.

At Passages Malibu, we recognize the intricate nature of co-occurring anxiety and substance abuse disorders. Our approach involves highly trained professionals and specialists dedicated to treating both conditions, whether they occur together or separately. We are committed to providing personalized, holistic treatment plans that address the root causes of these issues, offering a path toward healing and recovery.

If you or someone you care about is navigating the challenges of anxiety disorders and substance dependency, Passages is here to help. Our admissions team is available 24/7, ready to support you in taking the first step towards a healthier, more fulfilling life. Contact us at (888) 397-0112 to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one overcome these obstacles. Let’s embark on the journey to recovery together.

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