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Everything You Need to Know About Anxiety and Addiction

Everything You Need to Know About Anxiety and Addiction - The Bergand Group

Many times people seek treatment for addiction and find they have co-occurring disorders to address as well. These mental health issues range from depression to anger management issues to anxiety. Many times people seek treatment for anxiety and addiction. Whether an addict realizes it or not, using is a way to escape from mental health issues. Anxiety and addiction is often co-occurring, as the addict finds that using relieves their feelings of worry, fear and restlessness. “The science behind anxiety is difficult to grasp, regardless of if you have a disorder or just experience it from time to time.”

What exactly is anxiety and how does it affect addiction? “Research shows that anxiety affects the amygdala, which is a region in the brain that is responsible for emotional reactions (like fear).” When the amygdala is affected, the body wants to go into a state of fight or flight. Many times addicts choose to use at this point, as anxiety can become overwhelming. This can be a cause to use and often a cause for relapse. Due to anxiety and addiction occurring during the stages of addiction treatment, addicts sometimes succumb to using again when their anxiety is uncontrolled. Anxiety and addiction often become an endless cycle.

Understanding Anxiety and Addiction

If you suffer from anxiety and addiction you are not alone. Using drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with anxiety is a cycle that can be broken. Seeking treatment for your addiction and co-occurring disorder will help you become sober and prevent relapse. For more information on treatment for anxiety and addiction, or any mental health disorder, get in touch with The Bergand Group today. Serving Baltimore and Harford County, The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment center.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.


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