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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Addiction

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder in which an individual experiences recurring thoughts that cause irrational fears and anxiety. Individuals with OCD engage in repeated, compulsive rituals, such as counting items, hand washing and organizing. Executing these rituals provides temporary relief while they are being performed, but the anxiety returns soon after they stop. OCD is a highly destructive disorder that can overtake the life of an individual and keep him from enjoying many life’s most rewarding activities.

The Journal of Anxiety Disorders estimates that over 25 percent of those who seek treatment for OCD also meet the criteria for a substance use disorder. Individuals who experience OCD symptoms for the first time in childhood or adolescence are more likely to develop a drug or alcohol problem, often as a way to cope with overwhelming anxiety and fear. Treating an addictive disorder without addressing the emotional symptoms of OCD is unlikely to be effective.

Having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can mean living with an extreme amount of anxiety each and every day. As the illness progresses, and the mind becomes harder and harder to control, it’s easy to understand why turning to drugs or alcohol might seem reasonable or even desirable. As the substances take over, the mind begins to slow and the anxiety can fade along with it. Unfortunately, what might seem like a clever coping technique in the moment could have dangerous consequences down the road. Abusing substances like this could lead to addiction issues, and those addictions could make the mental illness even harder to control.

Therapy can help to break this cycle, easing the symptoms of OCD and reducing the cravings that come with substance abuse. Through therapy, people can learn how to keep both conditions under control, and they can pick up tips they can use throughout the rest of their life. Read on to find out how the two conditions intersect, and find out more about howDual Diagnosis therapycan help to break the connection for good.

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