Each of us has felt a bit anxious when something goes wrong, haven’t we? Think about a time when you cringed in revulsion when your white shirt was stained. Perhaps you were irritated when the countertop (which you previously cleaned) was dripping with water after someone in your home washed dishes. Each of us has compulsive behavior, but we are mostly able to get a grip on it. For a number of people, though, this neuroticism can extend into full-blown behavioral problems. For people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), simple life issues can trigger fanatical, sometimes psychotic fits of terror or anger if one little thing is out of place or unclean. As you may have guessed, OCD can also be accompanied by comorbid substance use disorder. So, how does this dual diagnosis take root? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more information.
What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Although this mental problem is often at the root of many jokes (which can be very funny), the reality of OCD is no laughing matter. People who suffer from this behavioral condition will exhibit a ritualistic urge (compulsion) to control every single aspect of their life and environment. Keep in mind that these men and women are fully aware of their obsessive behavior and are silently suffering. Most of them want to put a stop to their problems but simply cannot. Here are some common forms of OCD:
- A fear of being exposed to bacteria, viruses, or germs (germaphobia)
- Becoming obsessed with numbers that are considered special, lucky, or malicious
- Obsession with religious symbolism and icons
- Overwhelming fear of sickness or injury (for the OCD sufferer or a loved one)
- Continuous need to picture sexual activity
- Dangerous thoughts of inflicting self-harm or harm on others
What Is the Connection to Addiction?
Interestingly, OCD is one of a small number of behavioral problems classified as an anxiety disorder. Amazingly, as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) points out, an estimated 20% of people who suffer from an anxiety disorder will develop a drug addiction problem, as well. Keep in mind that OCD patients already suffer from an overwhelming sense of fear, anxiety, and anger throughout their daily lives, and you will realize how testy the situation can become when drugs are introduced into the mix. OCD patients who use drugs or alcohol will more often develop dependence and addiction than abuse.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
Drug addiction and alcoholism are serious mental illnesses that can and will destroy the mind and body. If you receive a prescription for a potentially addictive substances, then you must proceed with caution. On the same note, addiction will not only drive a massive wedge into your social life but also potentially destroy your private family life, especially if you are already dealing with an underlying problem like OCD or ADHD.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you overcome your attachment to dangerous drugs and alcoholic drinks.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.