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Numbing Emotional Pain through Drug UseMental health issues, emotional problems, and traumatic memories are all significant catalysts for drug abuse and addiction potential. Reasons for use include the following:

  • Numb the emotional pain that stems from a disorder or event
  • Self-medicate the symptoms of a mental health issue
  • Suppress memories and reverberations of past traumas
  • Reduce the effects of anxiety, depression, and other emotional stress
  • Help overcome insomnia and night terrors

Different drugs provide different forms of temporary relief. These include the following:

  • Sedatives like Valium or Xanax help ease anxiety and stress
  • Heroin and narcotic painkillers alter the way the brain perceives the pain and limits its emotional toll
  • Stimulants like cocaine and speed create a false sense of strength and control

These drugs sound appealing for the initial comfort they might provide, but the problem soon grows worse. By avoiding the emotional pain, it tends to grow and eventually overcome whatever relief the drugs might have provided. Furthermore, ongoing use leads to addiction and dependence in Anchorage residents.

Mental Health and Addiction

Drug use might temporarily suppress the symptoms of emotional pain, but an addiction complicates the condition and creates new challenges for Anchorage residents. Addiction dangers can include the following:

  • Drug abuse can trigger or accelerate depression, anxiety, mania, and emotional distress
  • A dependency demands higher quantities and initiates withdrawals if new drug needs are unmet
  • The deterioration of physical health, including potential heart problems and organ failure
  • Inability to distinguish between addiction and mental health-related symptoms
  • Substance abuse makes the lows of emotional pain that much worse
  • Heavy drug use can result in a potentially fatal overdose or respiratory depression

Whether the emotional struggle stems from a childhood tragedy or a simple breakup, drug use is a dangerous tool for self-medicating the pain. Mental health issues and deep-seated traumas need to be treated, not suppressed, and the short-lived relief from drug use can turn into an extended battle with addiction. Likewise, no one is immune from the emotional pain of a divorce or job loss, and substance abuse delays the necessary grieving process and adds risk with impaired decision-making abilities.

Substance Abuse Treatment

When people turn to drugs to self-medicate, they soon find themselves facing emotional pain, addiction, and a possible mood disorder all at once. This might sound like a hopeless situation, but integrated rehab treatment can make the difference. Proper care includes the following:

  • Detox under medical supervision and a possible tapered option for certain drugs
  • Mental health screening to evaluate possible mood disorders behind the emotional pain
  • Address any mental health problems like depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder
  • Behavioral therapies to purge unhealthy habits and instill positive life skills
  • Peer group therapy to discuss the addiction and pain with similar patients
  • Ongoing aftercare counseling to help with struggles and setbacks

If a man breaks his foot, Vicodin might initially ease the pain, but the damage to the foot and the need for more painkillers will grow worse the longer he delays proper medical care. The same dynamic happens when a person uses drug to suppress emotional pain. The problem only gets better when it is tackled directly, and we can help.

Emotional Pain and Addiction Help

Are you struggling with emotional pain and substance abuse? Our addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day to discuss warning signs, rehab options, and proper treatment care. We can also check health insurance policies for rehab coverage. Call our toll-free helpline today to get the support and advice you need for a better tomorrow.