Anxiety may cause alcohol-related problems, finds study

Anxiety may cause alcohol-related problems, finds study

It is a common perception that alcohol can help reduce stress and alleviate symptoms of anxiety, such as excessive worry and anticipation of fear. However, some researchers consider it a vicious cycle in which the person craves for alcohol to relieve the anxiety developed from the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol abstinence.

According to a study published in UpToDate.com, anxiety-related disorders are likely to elevate the risk of developing substance use disorders (SUDs). At the same time, they may also affect the treatment outcome of SUDs. Conversely, SUDs may have a negative impact on the treatment outcomes for alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Probably, that is the reason why stress and anxiety are often associated with alcohol cravings and consumption, and subsequent development of AUD. Read more

Ways stresses and strains spike substance abuse

Ways stresses and strains spike substance abuse

Stress is a normal but an inevitable part of one’s life. It is one of the major factors responsible for instigating an individual to abuse alcohol, drugs or other substances and increasing the risk of developing an addiction and relapse. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) specified addiction as a chronic brain disease that inflicts serious behavioral, biological, social, emotional and physical problems that often leads to an inability to control substance abuse.

People usually calm themselves by indulging in a few puffs of a cigarette or a couple of drinks in order to relieve themselves from the stress and strains caused by increased emotional pressure. Additionally, they shift to cocaine and ecstasy with the objective of partying all night. Read more

Dealing with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Dealing with co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder

Many people experiencing a mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder or depression, seek refuge in various prescription drugs or illegal substances to counter their debilitating symptoms, oblivious to the fact that such medications can lead to the problem of addiction. In due course, such individuals tend to suffer from both a mental disorder and an addiction, commonly known as dual diagnosis, which can be difficult to diagnose due to the complexity of overlapping symptoms. Read more

Five subtle signs of bipolar disorder that can trigger substance abuse

Five subtle signs of bipolar disorder that can trigger substance abuse

It is common for any person to experience mood changes. However, frequent and marked mood swings can be a symptom of a major mental health disorder known as bipolar disorder. Formerly known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder can cause an individual to display unusual behavior, with periods of high and low energy, sleep disruption, and low energy. Read more

Can childhood trauma cause lifelong addiction?

Can childhood trauma cause lifelong addiction?

Trauma is a physical or psychological damage that one may experience as a result of facing a difficult or painful event in life. An individual who has dealt with a traumatic event in his/her life may have to deal with certain emotional, psychological or physical effects, including stress that could be difficult to cope with. Trauma is of various kinds and is the result of actions such as bullying, domestic violence, sexual abuse, alcoholic parents, surviving a war or extreme weather conditions, verbal abuse or any other. As an adult, a certain level of maturity or experience may help in mitigating the effects of such trauma, but a child, in many ways, is more vulnerable and thus, far worse off in the face of extreme situations. Read more