People with mental health problems often turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other illnesses. Many people living with a mental health condition seek professional help from therapists or psychiatrists and take prescription medication as necessary. However, there are people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction who unknowingly have a co-occurring mental health issue.  

Alcohol is a depressant. When a person with anxiety or depression consumes alcohol, the symptoms of depression can increase. Drinking alcohol while on prescription or over-the-counter medication is not recommended. Almost every medication has a warning label indicating that alcohol should be avoided. Many people turn to drugs or alcohol anyway, and this can lead to physical harm or death. Drugs and alcohol alter the effects of medication.

A person with PTSD is at high risk of substance abuse. Traumatic experiences can cause a person to turn to drugs or alcohol to escape memories and flashbacks of terrifying events. Treatment is available for people living with PTSD. People with this disorder should not self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. PTSD is a very serious condition and should be monitored by a medical professional.

People easily turn to alcohol to self-medicate. Drinking alcohol causes the brain to release dopamine, which results in pleasurable, euphoric feelings. A person will drink more and more to achieve the same feelings. This can trigger a cycle of alcoholism and addiction. A person’s physical, mental, and emotional health are negatively affected.

Mental health issues can contribute to a person’s addiction. When an individual suffers with a mental health condition and addiction, both need to be treated professionally and with medical supervision, simultaneously. The euphoric effects of drugs and alcohol are only temporary but can cause long-term damage to vital organs in a person’s body and lead to overdose and death.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment for mental health issues and addiction. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started:310-881-9151

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