Does Addiction Cause Anxiety?

If you are on an addictive substance and you cannot get it, the craving you suffer through looks a lot like anxiety, but it is not the same thing as anxiety as we think of the word. But that is semantics.

Anxiety usually stems from several different causes. Each case is different, and there is rarely only one cause. Anxiety disorders develop from the contribution of several factors like substance abuse: alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication misuse can cause changes in the brain chemistry that may trigger or intensify anxiety.

People with a diagnosed anxiety disorder should try to understand and identify their anxiety triggers, both the physical and emotional symptoms associated, with the onset of an anxiety episode, so in therapy, they can develop effective coping strategies to deal with these. If you need help or want to know more, contact us immediately, we are here to help you.