Phobias and addiction are often treated together as a dual diagnosis. This dual diagnosis is probably more common than you would think.
Consider these scenarios:
- When was the last time you went to a party without having a drink beforehand to relax?
- Do you pop antianxiety pills when you know you will have to be in a large crowd?
- Or maybe it’s just life in general that freaks you out. Instead of paying the bills or doing your taxes, you retreat to the bedroom with your favorite bottle of wine (or two.)
If any of these situations sound familiar, it might be something worth checking into. Phobias and addiction are intimately intertwined and unless you deal with both issues, your addiction recovery will ultimately be unsuccessful. Not only will your phobia continue to fuel your desire to drink or use drugs, but substance abuse may be fueling your phobia – making your fears even worse! Unless you deal with both issues, the success of your recovery will be limited.
Phobias Can Lead to Addiction (and Vice Versa)
What is the root of your fear? If you don’t confront your phobia it can lead to addiction. On the opposite side of the coin, prolonged drug and alcohol abuse can create phobias that you didn’t have before.
Here are just a few:
- Social Anxiety
Certain disorders that are similarly related to phobias like PTSD, depression and panic disorders can also lead to drug abuse. The importance of recognizing your phobias is that you have to treat both issues at the same time; otherwise, your addiction will continue to recur every time you are confronted with a phobia-inducing situation.
Professional Treatment is Necessary to Conquer Both
The first step to overcoming alcohol and drug addiction is to recognize the problem. The same is true for phobias. Professional therapy and addiction recovery treatment is necessary to conquer both issues at the same time.
Your addiction fuels your phobia and your phobias fuel your addiction creating a catch 22 that is too complex to handle without qualified help. The issues are so closely tied together that it is virtually impossible to treat one without treating the other.
Different treatment programs use varying techniques for helping you overcome phobias and drug addiction. But not all addiction recovery programs include help for phobias. It is important to find a treatment program that specializes in both phobias and drug addiction.
Finding the Right Treatment Program
Sober Houston is a leading addiction recovery resource for those suffering from crippling phobias and drug or alcohol abuse. Contact us for more information on how to conquer phobias and addiction so that the cycle can be broken and you can be free of both.