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Compulsive Disorders and Addiction Help

Compulsive Disorders and Addiction HelpWhen Albuquerque residents suffer from compulsive disorders, they engage in certain behaviors because they feel compelled and driven to do so. The behavior is often related to anxiety and to relieving a negative emotional state. Distressing and repetitive thoughts often drive the compulsive actions.

Similarities between Addiction and Compulsion

There is a degree of overlap between addiction and compulsion. Although addiction generally begins with consuming a substance voluntarily, the psychological and physical dependence that develops can lead people to lose control over their substance use and feel compelled to continue it. Both substance abuse and compulsions are often related to relieving a negative emotional state. They may also be related to a fear of negative consequences if certain behaviors are not completed. In the case of addiction, the negative consequences may be withdrawal symptoms.

The tendency to develop both compulsive disorders and addictions may be at least partially inherited, as both conditions tend to run in families. Both illnesses are also based on abnormal brain functioning. It is thought that in compulsive disorders there is a problem with communication between the frontal lobe and deeper parts of the brain. The orbital cortex may be overactive.

Differences between Addiction and Compulsion

Despite the similarities there are also a number of differences between the conditions. Substance abuse, at least in the beginning, involves a search for pleasure, which is not part of compulsive disorders. Another hallmark of addiction, which is not generally present in compulsions, is denial of the condition. People who suffer from compulsive disorders are generally aware that their compulsions are illogical and even harmful to them. Both conditions may involve problems with neurotransmitters; however, compulsive disorders are related primarily to serotonin, and addictions primarily involve dopamine.

People who suffer from both a compulsive disorder and addiction need integrated treatment, in which both conditions are addressed thoroughly in a coordinated manner. Some types of treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, can be helpful for both conditions. Compulsive disorders are often also treated with medication that regulates serotonin levels.

We Can Help You Break the Chains

If you suffer from both addiction and a compulsive disorder, we can help you find a treatment program that will address both issues thoroughly. Call our toll-free helpline, and let our counselors assist you in understanding treatment options and finding one that is right for you. They can also check your insurance coverage if you wish, at no cost or obligation. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, and someone is always ready to help. Call now and begin to break your chains.