Anxiety and prescription drug abuse often go hand-in-hand. What may start as an occasional experiment to ‘feel good’ or a legitimate prescription for anxiety medication, can soon evolve into a full-blown addiction if an anxiety sufferer is not extremely careful.
- Changes in behavior
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Excessive worry, paranoia
- Irritability, agitation
- Panic attacks, irrational fears
- Poor concentration
- Shaking, trembling, increase in heart rate (or the sensation thereof)
- Secrecy, hiding things
- Enlarged pupils
- Abnormal behavior
- Irritability and restlessness
As one can easily see, many of the signs and symptoms of anxiety and prescription drug abuse are extremely similar, if not the same. These two phenomenon can be co-dependent in multiple ways; anxiety can often lead individuals to abuse prescription drugs to gain temporary relief of their symptoms, and prescription drug abuse can lead to further anxiety. This can often create a cycle of drug dependency and addiction that can wreck an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional health.
In order to truly help a patient decrease their anxiety, they usually must cease abusing addictive prescription drugs and attempt to treat the root cause of their anxiety, often through therapy. Several therapeutic methods, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) have found to be effective at changing a patient’s mindset, perspective, and behaviors, both reducing anxiety and the desire to abuse both prescription and illicit drugs.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety affects around 40 million individuals in the United States, approximately 18.1% of the entire U.S. population. Considering the fact that therapy can be time-consuming, expensive, and may take months or years to improve a person’s anxiety symptoms, it’s only natural that many individuals attempt to self-medicate their anxiety with prescription drugs. Unfortunately, this often only causes more emotional pain, physical discomfort, and psychological problems in the long run.
At Get Treatment, we specialize in helping you find accredited prescription drug rehab programs that treat addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety. We understand that psychological conditions can make it incredibly hard for addicts to achieve their goals, initiate and maintain healthy friendships, relationships, and family bonds, and live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
If you’re suffering from both anxiety and an addiction to prescription drugs, help is only a phone call away. At Get Treatment, our network of high-quality, professionally accredited drug rehab centers each offer individualized care in a compassionate, community-based environment. We will help you find the dual diagnosis treatment program that’s right for you so you can achieve your recovery goals and enjoy your sobriety for years to come.