Stress and Recovery: Addiction’s Grip
When tragedies – or ongoing difficult situations – grip us, we naturally feel that the more pain we’re in, the more relief we need, wherever we can find it. It’s been proven that those under high levels of stress are much more likely to drink, smoke, use drugs and cope in destructive ways – especially adolescents.
It is so common to drink after work, it’s almost rude or weird to decline the office or party invitations. And although most Americans have been touched by the fallout of addiction, anxiety can creep up slowly, and before we know it, grip us in the throes of addiction.
Mood Disorders, Anxiety and Depression
No one can judge another’s life, and no one can diminish another person’s trials. We can’t truly understand what anxiety means to our friend because we don’t live in their body or experience what they have. What’s a big deal to you is a big deal.
What we do understand is that addiction is a progressive and insidious disease. Left unchecked it will destroy lives.
Too much stress can cause not only anxiety, but also puts people at risk of physical problems like obesity and heart disease. It is often the cause of depression and mood disorders. Depression is a deadly mental health concern because, among other things, it can lead to suicide.
A Family Problem
Substance abuse is not a contained island. Alcohol use disorder and substance abuse disorder are diseases that affect the whole family.