Anxiety & Substance Use Disorders

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Everyone experiences stress and anxiety in their life at some point. However, individuals with substance use disorders (alcohol or other drugs) are 2-3 times more likely to also suffer from anxiety disorders. But which comes first? Often, alcohol and other drugs are used to “self-medicate” for anxiety. On the other hand, anxiety disorders can be a result of the use of alcohol or other drugs. The attached article from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, addresses this relationship in addition to the most effective treatment options for these two co-occurring disorders. Copy and past this link to read the full article to see how this practice can be used:

By: Jean Moral, SAC-IT