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Overcoming Addictions and Anxiety

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Getting over an addition can come with associated side effects such as feelings of anxiety. You may need to address the anxiety first before you think about full recovery from addition since the emotions can be overwhelmingly powerful. Overcoming them depends on their severity. Some likely anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders. Learning anxiety management techniques and treating the disorder can help you to overcome addictions brought by anxiety.

Make an appointment with a psychiatrist to establish the cause

Professional help is a major constituent to sustaining and establishing recovery as it leads to a suitable course of action. It helps you to deal with anxiety as you continue using a substance. However, the kind of professional help you seek should depend on your level of anxiety and addiction.

Take your medicine precisely as prescribed

These anti-anxiety medications are prescribed by a psychiatrist if found necessary. Generally, these medications provide an effective way to overcome addictions brought by anxiety. They help patients to deal with their responses to anxiety and to attain stability in their brain chemistry. Caution should however be taken when using these drugs. For instance, avoid using medications that have not been described or that may lead to addiction.

Take part in therapy with either a group or one on one

This will assist you in identifying your exact stressors. You will also get to hear from other people how their addiction has had an impact on their lives together with the strategies they have employed to manage emotions while sustaining recovery. Alternatively, join drug rehabilitation facilities to get over coexisting problems of addiction and mental illness. Make sure the facility handles clients with both panic disorder and addiction. However, your type of panic disorder can hinder a patient's recovery goals in rehabilitation.

Take some time to wind up by engaging in a hobby

This reduces stress leading to lessened anxiety attacks. As an alternative, do some light exercises such as jogging or swimming as they discourage body production of harmful chemicals such as cortosol that contribute to depression and stress. Apart from increasing your stamina, energy and strength, exercises will also enhance your self-esteem and confidence. Once this happens, your depression will be significantly reduced.

Inquire from your doctor the lifestyle changes that will help you deal with your specific panic disorder

Likely suggestions may include exercising, drinking less caffeine and getting regular sleep and avoiding enablers of addicts in your life. Selection should primarily depend on what suits your needs best. Additionally, practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and aromatherapy. They can significantly relax your mind as a result reducing anxiety.

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Maureen M

I love traveling and meeting new people from differant places and differant cultures. love talking and helping people.. i suffer from depression since i was a little girl and had social anxiety but with time its comes less and less

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  • Comment Link Amanda H Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:13 posted by Amanda H

    I was treated for alcohol and benzodiazepine addiction in a UK clinic. As it was only supposed to be a 4 week program and I am an expat living in Switzerland, they reduced my medication far too quickly in my opinion and as they hadn't treated my anxiety disorders to any sufficient degree either, I was left with the most horrific anxiety I have ever experienced, mostly due to a rebound effect from the benzos I think. Thankfully I was able to get a prescription for Pregabalin when I got back to Switzerland otherwise I would have had to self- medicate again. The Pregabalin worked for a while, but then I built up a tolerance and fearful of returning to that state again. Consequently I did end up self-medicating again by abusing prescription drugs including Tramadol. I've ended up taking Methadone on a maintenance basis as I couldn't get anymore Tramadol prescribed. That has of course brought a whole set of other problems, including the horrible feeling of being treated like an ex-heroin addict when I've been in hospital for other issues. Somehow alcoholism and benzos seem more acceptable in society, including the medical profession. Once branded as a "methadone addict" I am treated like I can't be trusted and always suspected of drug-seeking, when I have never sought to get high or use street drugs, I simply wanted the anxiety and OCD to go away.

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