Treatment for Anxiety and Substance Use
By Stonewater Recovery · 3 minute read
In a perfect world, your son will develop social skills that empower him to become a positive, contributing member of society. We take for granted that this is an essential aspect of personal growth. But our world isn't always so "perfect." If your son is particularly anxious, gloomy, or impulsive, it could be cause for concern. Moreover, if your child's tendency toward anxiety, feelings of gloom and doom, or impulsive behaviors could put them at risk for substance use, we can help. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we're here to help. Preventive measures and early intervention can equip adolescents with cognitive-behavioral tools before substance use takes hold. To learn more about our teen anxiety treatment programs, please call Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.
The Connection Between Anxiety and Substance UseTeens with anxiety disorders may find that alcohol or other substances can make their anxiety symptoms worse. Furthermore, they are two to three times more likely to have an alcohol or other substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives than the general population. One disorder's symptoms can make the symptoms another worse. For instance, an anxiety disorder may lead to using alcohol or other substances to self-medicate or alleviate anxiety symptoms. When self-medication and experimentation spiral into addiction, the help of a teen substance abuse treatment center is often needed The co-occurrence of substance abuse, particularly alcohol abuse, is common among people with a social anxiety disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse also commonly occur together. Many mental health professionals treat PTSD and substance abuse together because symptoms of PTSD (intrusive thoughts and sleep disturbance) can cause a substance abuse relapse. Alcohol or drugs can also often cause panic attacks, and having a panic disorder is a risk factor for relapse among people with a substance abuse disorder.
Symptoms That May Indicate Your Son Suffers from AnxietyOne of the most important things that parents can do is be aware of their son's mental health condition. Signs that your son may suffer from anxiety include:
- Extreme, and sometimes sudden, emotional changes
- Uncontrollable panic attacks
- A fear or phobia of people, places, objects, or events
- Avoiding social interaction or extracurricular activities
- Headaches, rapid heartbeat, excessive fatigue, changes in eating habits
- Difficulty falling asleep due to uncontrollable worry
Causes of Anxiety DisordersDoctors classify anxiety as a mental illness and further as a psychological or biological condition. There are several external contributing factors to anxiety. Some of the causes of anxiety disorder may include:
- Childhood trauma that causes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Worries about school and academic performance
- Peer pressure
- Family problems at home (divorce, physical abuse, neglect, etc.)