Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders

Prolonged drug abuse often leads to co-occurring disorders. These include Depression, PTSD, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder.

Depression

Depression can trigger drug abuse, or be a symptom of drug abuse. Drugs and alcohol affect the brain chemistry which may precipitate depression. Depression may also be the result of:

  • Stressful situations that aren’t easily resolved
  • Physical health problems, such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, or alcoholism
  • An imbalance of chemicals that regulate mood and energy levels, such as serotonin, dopamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
  • Structural abnormalities in the areas of the brain that regulate mood and memory

PTSD

PTSD is a condition in which an individual experiences tremendous stress or anxiety after witnessing or being engaged in a traumatic event. Any physical or psychological trauma that leaves the individual feeling powerless and out of control may lead to PTSD. In patients suffering from drug abuse, PTSD often co-occurs with depression and anxiety.

Anxiety Disorder

PTSD and anxiety disorders can occur together. Anxiety may trigger drug abuse thereby worsening the patients’ condition. Those with an anxiety disorder will feel emotionally debilitated. The person will avoid public situations and have difficulty maintaining relationships or holding jobs because of their overwhelming fears.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder poses a risk to the individual’s well-being. Those that have the disorder experience intense mood swings ranging from extreme depression to episodes of heightened activity and exaggerated sense of self-importance.

Treatment

Iris Healing Retreat offers professional help to assist you or your loved one through the any co-occurring symptoms of drug abuse. See what a typical day at Iris Healing Retreat encompasses by clicking here.