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Numbing Emotional Pain through Drug Use

Numbing Emotional Pain through Drug UseEveryone deals with stress, sadness, anger and other emotions differently. Some people scream, some cry and some want to be left alone. Some Albuquerque residents may find that a deep emotional pain can trigger other, more dangerous reactions such as drug use and mental health issues.

Emotional Pain Leading to Drug Use

Emotional pain is difficult to identify, easily hidden and tough to treat. Locking pain inside or having no one to share thoughts and feelings with can turn some people towards artificial forms of comfort. A mental health issue is one of the more serious reasons people begin using drugs. Unfortunately the symptoms of mental health issues can be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Help is difficult to find, especially before the serious effects of mental health issues drive people to take matters into their own hands. Self-medicating is common among Albuquerque residents struggling with depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, panic attacks and more.

Drug Use Leading to Mental Health Issues

If someone with severe emotional pain uses drugs as a psychological numbing agent, any existing mental health issues will worsen. A person who is very sad and abuses drugs may become addicted and depressed. Depression, in turn, can worsen the existing addiction. The foreign chemicals in drugs can disrupt the body’s natural chemical processes. The brain is the body’s command center with controls for everything from blinking to pain intensity to feeling happy. Over time drug use can disrupt this delicate balance and cause mental health issues.

Treating the Source of Addiction and Emotional Pain

There are reasons behind every emotion you feel, even if you don’t consciously recognize those reasons. When an Albuquerque resident enters rehab, these reasons must be addressed. Private and group therapy will help you explore the causes of addiction. Adventure therapy can provide new avenues for self-examination. Once you discover why you use drugs, behavioral therapies will help you learn to avoid relapse triggers. A relapse trigger is anything or anyone that reminds you of your past drug use or triggers the emotions that led you to addiction. If rehab only treats the physical addiction, the underlying and untreated emotional issues that are the root cause of substance abuse can cause a relapse. Dual Diagnosis patients having both a mental health issue and an addiction need simultaneous treatment for both conditions.

Help for Emotional Pain and Addiction

If you or someone you know is hurting because of emotional pain, please call our toll-free helpline. Supportive recovery counselors are available 24 hours a day, and we can help you understand how emotional pain and drug use are connected and what your options for a pain and drug-free life are. Please call now.