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How Your Medical History Might Be Affecting Your Addiction

How Your Medical History Might Be Affecting Your AddictionPhysical and psychological conditions can contribute to the development of addictions and co-occur with them. Treating co-occurring conditions in an integrated way is important when treating any addiction. Albuquerque addicts who also struggle with a psychological disorder require treatment for both issues.

How Do Albuquerque Residents Become Addicted?

Some Albuquerque residents become addicted to a medication they take to treat a medical condition. It isn’t unusual for people to become addicted to prescription painkillers they received after surgery, for example. People prescribed benzodiazepine drugs to treat anxiety or insomnia also can find themselves dependent on their medication. Other Albuquerque residents use drugs or alcohol recreationally. Sometimes an underlying medical or psychological condition affects the substance they choose to abuse. It can also effect how likely they are to develop addiction.

What Are Co-Occurring Conditions?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes the following regarding addiction and co-occurring conditions:

  • Anxiety disorders are very common, affecting about 25% of US residents at some point during their lives. The percentage is significantly higher among those suffering from addiction. About half of people with substance use disorders have an anxiety related condition at some time. Although people may use alcohol or drugs, particularly sedatives, to self-treat anxiety, many in the addiction field believe that anxiety is more often an outgrowth of substance use than an underlying cause of it. Anxiety is a symptom of withdrawal from many substances, including opioids, depressants, and stimulants, which may contribute to a self-perpetuating cycle of abuse. An Albuquerque addict may very well suffer from anxiety as well.
  • As is the case with anxiety, depression can be either an underlying cause or an effect of substance abuse. Depression is related both to the use of and the discontinuance of many substances. People suffering from depression may use many different substances, alcohol being one of the most common.
  • Mood disorders (anxiety and depression) are very common among older adults. They may be the group at highest risk for co-occurring substance abuse problems and mood disorders.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be found in many people in substance abuse treatment. Adults with ADHD are most likely to abuse alcohol and marijuana. About one third of adults who suffer from ADHD have histories of alcohol abuse.
  • Among people with substance use disorders, the rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is 12 to 34%. It is common for people with PTSD to abuse cocaine and opioids, but the use of alcohol and marijuana is also common. Albuquerque addicts need be aware of these problems to avoid thinking that alcohol and marijuana abuse are no big deal.
  • Many people alternate between substance abuse and eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. Those suffering from bulimia are more likely to abuse drugs than are those suffering from anorexia. People with eating disorders often abuse stimulants.

Albuquerque Addiction Help

If you live in Albuquerque and suffer from addiction, we can assist you in finding the help you need, even if your addiction is complicated by another medical or psychological condition. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and let us talk to you about treatment options and check your insurance coverage. Integrated treatment is available to help you address all of your needs.