Anti-Anxiety Drug Addiction
Some people’s anxiety symptoms are so severe that they require powerful medications known as benzodiazepines to calm them down in moments of stress or even panic. Doctors may prescribe medications like Xanax or Ativan for anyone that has anxiety which interferes with their daily life. Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety symptoms like insomnia, phobias, irritability and restlessness, thoughts of panic or panic attacks. While the people who need this medication for an anxiety disorder can often benefit from having a prescription, in many cases there is a high risk for addiction. Users can quickly get addicted to anti-anxiety medication whether they are taking it with the intention of getting high or are simply following their doctor’s prescription. Addiction to benzodiazepines can be a dangerous problem especially for people with legitimate anxiety disorder symptoms.
Anxiety Disorder and Prescribed Drugs
Benzodiazepines are used for treating anxiety because they act on the central nervous system to produce sedation and muscle relaxation which helps to lower anxiety levels. This type of medication can be especially dangerous when it is abused because it can lead to accidental overdose or serious illness. People who abuse these drugs often mix them with other narcotics or alcohol which dramatically increases the effect on the central nervous system and also impairs breathing putting them in severe danger. Although it can be common for people with existing substance abuse problems to seek out this type of medication, there are many instances of people with anxiety issues that unknowingly end up addicted to their prescription. Anti-anxiety medication is still controversial in the mental health industry because these drugs can be so addictive and create more problems for people that develop a dependency. The cycle of addiction can happen because users develop a tolerance to their medication and need higher doses to get the same effect. They might also experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not get a regular dose, making it difficult to wean themselves off of their medication.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Anxiety Medication
For people with anxiety who are struggling with an addiction to their prescribed medication, it is important to seek help from dual diagnosis treatment. Having a mental illness that has led to an addiction is a more complex problem than substance abuse alone. Dr. Paul’s By The Sea treatment programs can help individuals who need to treat the symptoms of their anxiety disorder while also recovering from a dependency on their medication. We can treat the underlying issues that have led to the addiction and help people manage their anxiety in healthier, more effective ways. Our counselors have years of experience working with people whose mental health problems are closely connected to their substance abuse. They understand the psychological causes of addiction and can provide people with the most valuable tools they will need to overcome dependency. It is never easy to escape the cycle of addiction but having psychological symptoms can make it even more complex and difficult to achieve sobriety. With our treatment program, patients can reduce their anxiety through individual and group therapy that focuses on the causes of their symptoms. They receive education about both their addiction and their mental illness so that they can handle both problems confidently once they leave treatment.