4 Important Things to Know about Anxiety and Addiction

Those suffering from one of the anxiety disorders often choose to “self-medicate” as a way of coping. However, this only results in a vicious cycle of this self-treatment, followed by increased anxiety. Although a temporary respite, the substance abuse severely affects the way a person copes with increased anxiety. In other words, it just makes the problem, the disorder, more intensive, requiring more self-medication, and is often described as “the spiral of addiction.”